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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  12,639 ratings  ·  2,082 reviews

"An absolute page turner, I’m Not Dying with You Tonight is a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact." —Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

An NAACP Image Award Nominee, I’m Not Dying with You Tonight follows two teen girls—one black, one white—who have to confront their own assumptions about racial inequality as t

Hardcover, 249 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Susan It's about two high-school seniors who are working a concession stand at a Friday night football game. Campbell is white, a newcomer to the school. Le…moreIt's about two high-school seniors who are working a concession stand at a Friday night football game. Campbell is white, a newcomer to the school. Lena is African American, has a "bad" boy friend and cool. Suddenly words lead to violence, the violence grows exponentially around the concession stand, into the stands, and finally throughout close-by neighborhoods. Both girls, who see things from very different perspectives, must lean on each other to get safely home. Will they make it?(less)
Tara It is not. The one romantic relationship in this book is heterosexual.

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Katie B
Even though I have some mixed feelings about the book, I'm still glad I read it. I do think it's a book worth reading if you enjoy YA fiction. It's one of those reads in which even though I had problems with it, I feel this compelling need to talk about the story. I think it would make a good book club selection as there's lots of interesting things to discuss here.

When a massive fight breaks up at a high school football game, two teenagers are thrust into a situation in which it's probably best
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

One of the best things about I’m Not Dying With You Tonight is that it was written by two women. One black American and one white American. That fact alone gives this book a very unique ability to focus on what not only divides us, but what brings us together.

Campbell, who is white, starts her senior year of high school in a predominantly black school after attending a school with only a handful of black students. She’s so sweet. I just wanted to pick her up and put her in my pock
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

A YA novel that follows two high school students- Lena and Campbell, over the course of one night where a high school football game sets off chaos all over their community. It reminded me of The Hate U Give in terms of characterization and discussion of relevant topics, but its ending lacked a bit of finality. I felt more of an interest in Lena's story, but struggled for the first little bit to get
Lala BooksandLala
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Read and discussed in this vlog where I used a paid book recommendation service to choose what I read. ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2020-shelf
I was mostly interested in this after seeing Kimberly Jones' rant (in so many places) so when a buddy said, let's read it, I was totally on board.

Yes, it is a depiction of a riot after tensions get too hot and it exploded across the city. Timely, no?

Even better, it's written from two points of view: black and white. It covers so many angles and keeps it real.

From misunderstandings and all kinds of self-reliance and the breaking of both innocence and ignorance keeps this tale hopping. I really e
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-arcs
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Kristy K
This is a powerful little novel, taking place over the course of a few hours. A fight breaks out during halftime of a high school football game and Lena (African-American) and Campbell (Caucasian) find themselves together trying to escape. As tensions rise throughout the city they end up in another part of town where a social justice protest turns violent and then into a full-fledged riot. It’s wild and chaotic and while I was annoyed by some of Lena’s and Campbell’s choices, who’s to say I woul ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Full review HERE

This book tells the story of Campbell and Lena and how they became allies in a time of need. The two girls don’t really know each other but when a big fight suddenly breaks out at the concession stand where Campbell was working they decide to stick together and try to escape. After someone gets shot the fight escalates to the close-by neighborhoods and it becomes an actu
Julie Zantopoulos
This is a HARD DNF for me. Within the first 44 pages there were two pretty horrible instances of fat-shaming (one by each POV aka each author). There was a relationship between a high school student and a 20-year-old. There was a racial slut that served a purpose but...not cool.

Overall, I was really NOT into the decisions that authors made or the way that the girls treated other girls. One didn't stand up for a friend. Another WISHED she could fat shame and embarrass other girls like the second
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of I’M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal in exchange for my honest review.***

Two classmates, one black, the other white are caught up in a football game fight that turns into a riot.

I’m a middle aged Caucasian woman and while not the target audience for I’M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT, I enjoyed this profound story. Initially, Lena’s raw, authentic voice was difficult for me to understand but after a few chapt
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Waffling between one and two stars.

Yawn. For a book about riots where the characters are frequently in peril, this was SO BORING. And it didn't make much sense, either. My internal monologue while reading this book was entirely, "WHY ARE YOU DUMB?!"

Questions I had:
2. Why would you KEEP going into the riot zone? I get that Lena's boyfriend was supposedly there, but like... GIRL. He i
A powerful little story! Kim Jones spoke in a video at the beginning of June and it was so dynamic! Her knowledge and passion just resonated with me so strongly. I will include a link to the video at the end of this review, I strongly encourage you to watch it till the very end. Anyways after watching the video and finding out Kim Jones was an author I knew I had to read her book. This is the story of Lena and Campbell. A black girl and a white girl who find themselves facing a night of racial ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story was tough to digest because it lacked believability in so many areas.

While I understand how easily a race-infused confrontation can escalate into riotous violence, the very origin of the chaos was not only avoidable but controllable. Everything seemed--and I say "seemed" because the events it set off felt outside the range of plausible given its idiocy--to hinge on a tense exchange between two teenage boys.

Said exchange happens in view of both Lena and Campbell--which is how they co
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out about Kimberly Jones because John Oliver was showing part of an interview with her at the end of his latest show. I found the full version on Trevor Noah's IG account. The one thing that struck me almost as much as her own pain was how concise and eloquently she made her point despite the (justified) pain and rage she was swept over with. For anyone interested, here is the video in question:

The book is about two girls, one black (Lena) and one
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A night that turned hellish because of a senseless argument born out of frustration. And in the middle of all that, two teenage girls - one black and the other white, who've never even so much as exchanged a few words with each other before, fights to survive the night. They sometimes fought each other but never truly abandoned the other even when their first instinct was to do the opposite.

As a person who's far away in India watching the news reports on the BLM protests against systemic racism
Long Live Wonderland
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-or-2-stars
I finished it... That's a plus.
Alexandra Scarpello
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Gosh, this is...a 2.5 maybe. I will round it to 3. I had really mixed feelings about this book.

TL:DR tropes

- Found friendship
- Race relations
- Easy read
-YA Contemporary

This is a short, easy read that you can knock out pretty fast. I was initially very excited because one of the authors in this duo authored book was the women who made an impromptu speech about the riots in MN, and it was very powerful.

Im not Dying with You Tonight is about 2 girls- Lena and Campbell, and their experiences durin
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lena and Campbell are two high school students. They don't know each other. In fact, they have very little in common, other than the fact they are both young and come from the same city. One Friday night, a fight after a high school football game escalates into violence. What starts as an exchange of angry words at a concession stand grows into a dangerous violence in the crowd at the game and then area neighborhoods. The two girls find themselves having to work together to make it home safely. ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
"I'm not dying with you tonight."

Wow. Just wow.

This is definitely very remnant of The Hate U Give. I'd definitely recommend it if you liked that. But on its own, this book was a powerhouse.

I really liked that this book had dual perspective. It really added something to see the same events from the eyes of a white girl and a black girl, as well as their preconceived expectations of each other and what they expect to happen. It's also great that this was written by two different authors as wel
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Part of the Big Library Read in November
Racial Tension
Rioting & Looting
Young Adult

With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley & Channie Waites


A timely read that could be all too real...the most interesting aspect of this book is being able to see through the eyes of each girl and knowing their thoughts throughout.  Having each character written by a different author made the differences in the characters even more tangible.

This is also a su
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had not heard about this book until I saw the viral video of Kimberly Jones talking about the June 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. I am shocked that this book had slipped under my radar, and I'm wondering how many radars it has slipped under. Along the lines of THE HATE U GIVE or HOW IT WENT DOWN, this tells the story of two very different girls who go to the same school and live not very far away from each other, but who are thrown together in a night of terror and violence. The voices were ...more
April Henry
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book couldn't be any more timely. I already had a copy when I saw that viral video of Kimberly Jones speaking so passionately about injustice. Just finished it today - held my interest all through what has been a hard week. Loved having the perspective of both girls. Made the book accessible for all kinds of readers.
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Uhm so I just found out that one of the authors was an idf soldier???

Bye. I don’t feel comfortable reading this now.
Adam Sockel
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This will almost certainly be the next major YA book in a line of massively important conversation starters. Think The Hate U Give, This is Where it Ends, or Long Way Down. It shines a light for readers on two high schoolers who come from wildly different backgrounds and forces them to work together in order to survive. The characters are vulnerable and scared and, at times, selfish and self-centered but this all comes together to create realistic depictions of teenagers.

Told through each of th
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC of this that I picked up at ALA.
This is an important story about how two very different girls come together to survive through riots across their town. It is a story about the differences in race and how each girl reacts differently to the terrifying situations because of their race.
I thought this was insightful while still being action packed and fun at times, despite mostly being a dark story.
You can tell two different author's wrote this, because the voices are distinctly dif
Sara Alegria
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like what they tried to do, but it was unrealistic for all these events to happen in one night. It felt like a Purge fanfic or something like that. They could've done it in a realistic way over a period of weeks where the town gets more and more restless and fighting continues to happen over racism, police brutality, and the other themes of the story
Rian *fire and books*
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely stunning book! I adored our two leads and how their stories played off each other.

I cried a lot for Campbell and raged for Lena.

This covers race, riots, and shitty boyfriends in an easily digestible and understandable way for teens.

Lots to discuss with your kids and bookclub.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars.

To say that I'm Not Dying with You Tonight was an excruciating read would be an understatement because I for the life of me am still surprised by how I managed to finish this book, let alone have the determination to write a review.

It's clear that I did not enjoy my time reading this book due to several reasons. Reasons which I feel like took away from the narrative of riots and made it into a story of two characters who don't have any form of personality. This is a plot-driven story in
The Reading Raccoon
Concept 5 stars, cover 5 stars but actual book? 3 stars. I didn’t enjoy either character and spending an evening with the both of them was a chore.
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Kimberly Jones is a former bookseller, and now she Hosts the Atlanta Chapter of the popular Well Read Black Girl book club, as well as the infamous, viral sensation the YA Truth or Dare author panel at the Decatur Book Festival. She has worked in film and television with trailblazing figures such as Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG. Currently, in addition to writing YA novels, she is ...more

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