I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

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...

Details I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

TitleI'm Not Dying with You Tonight
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

  • Erin
    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 sto...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 swee...
  • Emma
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 StarsFull review HEREThis 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 t...
  • 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 voic...
  • 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 o...
  • Juli
    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 themselve...
  • Alison
    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...
  • Adam Sockel
    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 realisti...
  • Sarah
    Thank you to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for providing me with a copy of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight for review. This in no way influences my opinion.I'm not Dying with You Tonight is the story of Lena and Campbell, thrust together at the school concessions stand as a riot breaks out. They spend much of the rest of the book trying to get a drive home, exposing each other to their racial differences through conversation.I had a lot of problem...
  • Tia
    SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!Lena and Campbell Soup are double trouble!Review to come
  • Never Without a Book™
    I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones is no doubt a pager turner. This story centers on two girls that grew up on different sides of the track. Lena (black) and Campbell (white) are at their high school football game. New girl Campbell is working the concession while head strong Lena is watching a friend perform during halftime. As the story unfolds a massive fight breaks out near the concession and Campbell and Lena (a...
  • Marie -The Reading Otter
    Review:3.5 StarsI received this book from NetGalley for reviewThis book is very different from most of the books I read. While I do and have read Contemporary, this book is different from those. This is the first book I've read that talks about racial tension. This book is fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through (once I actually had time to sit and read it). Both Lena and Campbell are smart characters who held it togeth...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is a gripping, fast-paced read that is a pure adrenaline rush. I flew through it in one sitting.. Even though it's a quick read, it's still a powerful one. The authors do a great job of portraying topics that are very relevant in society now - racial discrimination, white privilege, how tensions can escalate and get out of hand quickly, and so much more. I also liked both of the main characters, one white teen girl ...
  • Amy
    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I came to know about I'm Not Dying with You Tonight after reading a blurb from Angie Thomas about the book. When I realized that it told a story from two different points of view (one white, one Black), I wanted to know more. Overall, this is a great book and a strong addition to the building canon of contemporary literature...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is quick read that's raw, unflinching, and anxiety inducing. We follow Lena and Campbell as they're thrown together after a dangerous fight breaks out at a football game and the girls have to stick together if they want to stay safe. I could not put this down once I started it - it was just compulsively readable and filled with genuine character moments showcasing all the fear, anxiety, and hope that comes with not ...
  • Lindsay♫SingerOfStories♫
    Campbell moves to a new town for her senior year and is recruited to work the refreshment stand at the Friday night football game. She doesn't really have friends yet and she really doesn't have help in the stand. She's the outcast, the quiet one. Meanwhile, Lena is at the game to watch her friend dance in the halftime show and to show off her own hot new outfit and designer bag. Her boyfriend is older and in the studio laying down new tracks. On...
  • Danielle Hammelef
    The events of this book occur over a period of less than 24 hours, and the authors used the compressed time well and kept the pacing perfect to reflect the immediacy, danger, and tension. This book is a quick read and one you won't be able to put down if you're a fan of THUG, Long Way Down, Dear Martin, and American Street. The authors have given their readers sensory details that will make them feel as if they right there with Lena and Campbell....
  • Janet
    Powerful. Wish it was going to be released before Fall semester starts. Would love to use it in my We Need Diverse Seminar this fall but will go in the Spring YA class.Good to pair with The Hate U Give.
  • Lindsay Loson
    Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for this ARC, out 8/19!I've been wanting to get my hands on this one since I heard Angie Thomas gushing about it. This book is very closely related to topics that The Hate U Give and On the Come Up deal with, and I felt as though these characters could live in the same world, or neighboring cities. I really liked the split narrative and could see how both authors lent their voices to each chapter. I read thi...
  • Samantha
    I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.First just let me say, Wow! Just wow!Now, I'll get to the review.I'm Not Dying With You Tonight starts out as just a normal Friday for Campbell and Lena. They are just two ordinary girls who run in different social circles. They are not friends nor have they ever spoken to each other. Campbell attends a...
  • Heather Nicole
    This book had me in suspense the entire ride. I found myself holding my breath at times. It’s a quick read, read in one sitting. I absolutely think everyone should read not just YA fans. Lena and Campbell are not friends, but the events of one evening put these two in a position to change their lives forever. My fave quote from this book “when you push people to their breaking point, and they ain’t got no power, they’ll find a way to ta...
  • Jenni
    This book opens with a huge fight at a high school football game. When things go from bad to worse, high school students Lena and Campbell end up together, albeit reluctantly. Fighting, rioting, looting, you name it, it's covered here. The girls make one bad decision after another. A quick read that fans of The Hate U Give and All American Boys will love.
  • Amanda Blocker
    A sharp and timely story told from two POVs by two authors!
  • Vania
    OMG JUST READ IT! It’s so good and you just need to get on this train!
  • Katherine Moore
    ‘I’m Not Dying With You Tonight’ is a powerful, quick read destined for lots of conversation and many classrooms and library bookshelves. Following two young girls, thrown together by a high school football game that deteriorates into chaos and a night of city rioting, this YA novel addresses issues of race and class and reflects the fragile state of the domestic climate right now. Lena, a popular black student, and Campbell, a white teen ...
  • Kimberley
    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 vi...