August 05, 2019

#BookReview: I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones Gilly Segal


Synopsis: 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.


This title will be released on August 6, 2019.

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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.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This was a fast paced read where two girls who don't really know each other banned together to make it out of a riot. I think that both girls had distinct voices however the author uses stereotypical bad grammar for the black girl, which I think made the character seem cheap and uneducated. It was not an aspect that was needed.  Although this book was good it did have its issues.  Such as when Campbell's fathers store gets broken into and she almost dies, that part of the story just didn't seem very well tied up.  The other issue was the ending. It just kinds of ends, I am not one of those readers that enjoys open endings. I don't need everything tied up in a bow but I expect plot points to be fully ended and a solid round up to be done and this title just doesn't have that. 


Overall, I did enjoy this title but I would have liked to see things a little more fleshed out, less holes, and more of a wrap up at the end.  I mean these two girls almost died and spent a night where they were scared etc.  That just isn't something you forget about.  



"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

"A vital addition to the YA race relations canon." - Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Captivating and poignant, I'm Not Dying With You Tonight will stay with you long after you turn the last page." - Marieke Nijkamp, #1 New York Times bestselling author of This is Where It Ends

"This is a book that is sure to make young readers think, highlighting the importance of understanding different
perspectives as its chapters alternate between Lena's and Campbell's points of view. An eye-opening read
that will be useful for starting conversations in group settings." - Booklist

"Segal and Jones have proven themselves a dynamic duo in crafting this fast-paced, honest, and page-turning YA novel...Librarians will want to purchase this relevant and discussion-­worthy YA novel." - School Library Journal










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