I'm Not Dying with You Tonight (Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition)

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight (Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition)

by Gilly Segal, Kimberly Jones

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The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition includes a special note from the author, two additional chapters, a detailed map of the area covered by the main characters, newspaper articles about the riot and a Q&A with the authors.

"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

Lena and Campbell aren’t friends.

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: 9781728211343
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Edition description: Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 182
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(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 (B&N Exclusive Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days 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 15 days 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.
CaraAlwaysReading 24 hours ago
I’d like to start off this review by stating that I am a nineteen-year-old white woman. As such, I have never experienced the bias or bigotry that many non-white people face each day. It was this that initially made me afraid to even review this book. However, after reading Jones and Segal’s book my mind was made up. I needed to speak about this story. Kimberly Jones’ and Gilly Segal’s book, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight” seems to be, at its core, like any other YA book. A Friday night football game. Two friends bickering about boyfriends. A young girl struggling to fit in at a new school while maintaining a concession stand. Then, it all changes. One comment. One punch. Countless bullets. Now, McPherson High students Lena and Campbell, two girls who have never even met before, will have to learn to work together if they want to survive what is surely staggering towards a full-blown riot. The book opens with Lena narrating the story. From there, it alternates back and forth between her and Campbell. This seemed to work well. For a story that takes place in under twenty-four hours, I feel you really have to keep up a certain pace. Had the book kept only one perspective, it may have dragged. However, this isn’t to say the voices were always great. When I first read Lena’s intro, I ended up re-reading the chapter four times, because I just couldn’t tell if the author had skipped edits or not. In a sense, it felt very comical or cartoonish. I hate to compare other books in reviews, but when I think of Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give,” I think of how Starr’s voice wasn’t overly cartoonish. The same can be said for Campbell. At some points, I felt she was “too white,” if that makes sense. It felt like the authors went out of their way to point out that “Here is Lena — she is our black protagonist. Here is Campbell — she is our white protagonist.” I think it could have been done a little more tastefully. And it saddens me because these characters were really great otherwise. Apart from the characters, I think the story was great. When you get past the odd voice and characterization, you can really see the heart of the story. Am I going to tell you what it is? Of course not! Read the book! Overall, I think “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight” was a good read. It was definitely a book that will be remembered next to “Dear Martin” and “The Hate U Give.” Do I think it could have used some work? Absolutely. But, hey, it did what it set out to do. That’s what really matters. And from what I’ve been seeing online, it’s already touched so many hearts. What more could we ask for in a book?
tpolen 10 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 14 days 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 15 days 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 16 days 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 10 days 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.