I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

by Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal


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"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

Over the course of one night, two girls with two very different backgrounds must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city.

Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.

When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together.

They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night.

Additional Praise for I'm Not Dying with You Tonight:
"A vital addition to the YA race relations canon."—Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
"An astounding achievement. This novel is an incendiary experience, one that does not shy away from difficult questions about privilege and violence. But Jones and Segal don't hold our hands to provide us easy answers; this is a book meant to be devoured in a single sitting and discussed for years to come."—Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift
"I'm Not Dying With You Tonight is a powerful examination of privilege, and how friends are often found in surprising places. Jones and Segal have penned a page-turning debut, as timely as it is addictive."—David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland and Kids of Appetite

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492678892
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 108,123
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

GILLY SEGAL spent her college years in Israel and served in the IDF. She is currently a lawyer for an advertising agency. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit gillysegal.com.

KIM JONES is the former manager of the bookstore Little Shop of Stories and currently works in the entertainment industry. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I received this book from the publisher for free, in exchange for an honest review. I don't even know where you start with this. As much as I want to say it was a fun read because it was a non stop roller coaster of emotions on crack, it was also brutal and violent and heart wrenching. Lena and Campbell are not friends. But if you can't find a bond with someone after spending 12 hrs together, packed full of rioting and violence, y'all have no heart.What begins as the story of a new girl in a new town with no friends and a girl coping with a neglectful boyfriend becomes the story of 2 girls trying to survive together, no matter their differences. 2 thumbs up.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segel's quick YA read that invokes the same feel as an Angie Thomas or Nic Stone novel. Two very different teens who barely know each other are thrown together during a night of chaos. It started when a fight broke out at a local high school, but then got way out of hand. This book covers themes of racism, wealth inequality, relationships, belongingness, family, and rioting that rivals Ferguson and the tragedy in Charlottesville.I definitely recommend I'm Not Dying With You Tonight if you're looking for a less emotionally intense, but just as fierce, The Hate U Give or Dear Martin.Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from Teen Reads in exchange for my honest review.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 3 months ago
I read this book in one day. It was so good! When I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The book goes back and forth between the viewpoints of the two characters. Which I think was a great way to do it. So you can see how each is feeling and reacting, and how each situation unfolds in their eyes. While as an adult I had a bit of a time reading Lena's chapters with her major use of slang and the type of language that teens may be using right now, I was able to google what I needed and figure it out. I feel like this is a much needed story for today for both sides of society represented in this to read. To see first off their totally different reactions to the police showing up. Campbell feeling that now things would be safe once they showed up, that she and Lena could go to them to be safe, to how Lena froze up at the sight of cops and wouldn't go near them. To see the looting taking place and realizing that not everyone agreed with it, but many may just look the other way. So much of the story was intense and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering just what situation the two girls would find themselves in on the next block, or even the next house they reached. In the end the girls probably were able to forge a friendship even if the ending leave it ambiguous and maybe up to our imagination. A great read, one I immediately passed along to a student to read, although I will keep my copy on my own shelves, I will be sure to order several copies for my school library as well.
Isabelle Wagner 4 months ago
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones is a book that I’ll gladly add to my shelf right next to The Hate U Give and I’m Not Your Typical Mexican Daughter. It’s a good addition to YA books that address race relations and the struggle of fitting in. I enjoyed being able to read this story from two completely different perspectives, a black girl and a white girl, and seeing how differently they reacted to the same situation. The book does seem a little rushed but I also think that adds to the stress of the situation so I don’t have any issues with that. I’m not entirely convinced that this book does any favors to teenage girls though because both of them seem to lack a healthy dose of common sense in a very dangerous situation. Overall, I do think this is an interesting book with many possible discussion points with your teenagers.
KristiBug 5 months ago
I went into this blind but the blurb from NetGalley was interesting so I downloaded it. At first I thought Campbell was a male, so I was pretty confused. And the slang coming from Lena and her friend LaShaunda was a little hard to read. I kept on because I got where it was coming from and was just captivated and read straight through. This had me on the edge of my seat. I was completely affected by this as it was a story about race, friendship, and more but told with such an authentic voice that put you in the middle of the action whether you wanted to be or not. I'm so glad I got a chance to read this book. Lena and Campbell were quite a pair and it gave me a lot to think about. Highly recommend.
tpolen 6 months ago
This book deals topics we unfortunately see all too much of in news nearly every day. Novels such as this are crucial and timely, and when I saw that author Nic Stone blurbed it, I knew I wanted to read it. The contrasting characters and their viewpoints really make this novel. Lena is in a familiar environment, but is very much aware of its dangerous undercurrents, much more so than Campbell, new to the neighborhood, and the epitome of a fish out of water. With alternating chapters, their voices are distinct, and the narrative is well done. Their conversations, and occasionally clashing opinions, throughout the evening do a good job at shedding light on the reality of their lives and shattering stereotypes they hold of each other. No doubt the girls' situation is intense and precarious, and this is communicated well. That being said, I questioned some of their actions. Lena leads them toward her boyfriend, who is supposed to take them to safety, but he's in the direction of the rioting. It's mentioned early on that Campbell's house is a twenty minute walk from the stadium, where it all began, so I wondered why they didn't go there to begin with. Maybe a map at the front of the book would have been helpful? Their reasoning wasn't made clear, especially when Campbell had a phone, and there must have been other friends or people at the stadium who could have given them a ride. I also thought a peaceful protest at such a late hour was odd. This is a compelling book with strong characterization, but parts of it seemed random, and I would have liked more information on the characters' reasoning, and more of an overview of the rioting. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Co-authors Jones and Segal explore race relations through the alternating points of view of Campbell, a white teen and Lena, her African-American classmate. Although Campbell and Lena don't know each other, they must learn to depend on one another for survival as racial tensions at their high school football game soon escalate to riots. The pacing of the novel help readers experience their fear, and readers get to see how much these young women actually have in common. Each character's voice is unique, serving not only to define them but also to allow readers to experience the fears and experiences of someone from another race. This was an interesting read that I found difficult to put down. It would be great for literature circles or book clubs. Thank you to NetGalley and SourceBooksFire for a free advanced e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
P-Lopez 6 months ago
I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones is a fast-paced story involving very different individuals and how their lives intersect and come to see each other during their harrowing journey. Legal and Jones deliver on real characters and not cardboard cutouts that often plague writing. The story is told in alternating, first-person narrative from the characters of Lena and Campbell. The storyline moves along at a rapid clip that completely pulls the reader into the worlds of these characters and the unfolding events of a single night. I received an advance copy from NetGalley. My review is voluntary. @sourcebooksfire
JCNash 6 months ago
3.5/5 Stars I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is the contemporary young adult tale of Lena and Campbell, two girls who are thrust together when a massive, racially-fueled fight breaks out at their high school football game. The novel covers the course of this one night, where Lena and Campbell try to flea to safety as riots eventually break out around the city. I really enjoyed the dual perspective chapters; both Campbell and Lena are strong, dynamic characters just trying to make it out together. The alternating perspectives served well to highlight the differences between the two girls, as well as their preconceived notions about each other because of their race. Many of the riot scenes were impressively intense and fast-paced, making this novel a pretty quick read. I also enjoyed wondering how I would handle a similar situation as I was reading about the girls' journey through the riot zone. The one thing this novel really didn't do was completely drive home the idea of these two girls from different backgrounds coming together in the face of danger and as a result, gain a better understanding of each other. I wish the novel had really gone into this last part... the novel ends that night. There is no afterward that follows up on how their experience that night changed their future selves, or if there was any lasting change at all. Even during the events of the story, I was hoping the characters would dive a bit deeper into their biases and address them more fully. That being said, I'm an adult reader and probably expect a deeper emotional analysis than the target audience for this novel, so I definitely do still recommend it for teen readers. Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for my free review copy. All opinions are my own.
Kristy_K 6 months ago
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 wouldn’t have made similar ones at 17 if I was in their shoes. I’m Not Dying With You Tonight brings racial tension and discord to the forefront and makes you take a hard look at current events and possibly even your own prejudices. At times it felt a little uncomfortable, but I think that’s the point. In the end Lena and Campbell are survive the night but are left with more questions than answers as seems to often be the case in these situations. I think this books will serve well as a discussion opener among teens and adults alike. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
FCA 6 months ago
Two girls, one white and one black, get caught up in a night of violence and protest and are forced to stick together to stay safe. I generally enjoy YA books, but I think in this case a teenager/young adult would appreciate this a lot more than I did. It was definitely a page-turner and would keep any teenager invested. I think I wanted more introspection & more reflection from the characters & the writing; it is very plot-heavy and ends rather abruptly. There were some plot elements that I questioned the need for, especially nearing the end. But, like I said, I think it will be perfect for teenagers and it will definitely get them thinking, talking, and asking questions about race, friendship, and society. **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.**
Anonymous 6 months ago
im not sure if the publisher will ever read this but i promise i will give a honest review if i could read it.