I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal Book Review

Title: I'm Not Dying With You Tonight
By: Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Pages: 272

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.

I had the opportunity to read the upcoming novel, "I'm Not Dying With You Tonight," and I have to say it was a quick, fantastic read that was very realistic. The story is very fast paced and happens over the course of 24 hours. 

After an incident at the high school football game, both Lena and Campbell are put in a situation where they must work together in order to make it through the night. Lena and Campbell aren't friends. As far as they're concerned they are both total opposites who live very different lives, but right now they have to work together to make it through the night. 

One of the things I loved about this story was that we got to read each chapter from each girl's point of view and how by the end of the night, these two girls who had not much in common, start to change their opinions of one another and we see how their friendship forms and how they start to look out for one another. 

Being that the story unfolds in over 24 hours, everything is happening very fast, which isn't a bad thing, but I did feel that some parts were rushed and we were left with a few open endings that leave it open for us readers to guess what happened to certain characters. 

This story was such a great descriptive read and the authors give such a good realistic view on what really happens in a violent situation.  Where racial tensions are high and how this world can be a scary place to live in. Not all people get treated equal, we have come a long way, but can not let up on opening our views to understand the views of our neighbors. Whether it be because of the colour of their skin, how much money they make, religion, or sexual orientation, at the end of the day we just all want to be happy and safe.

Being in an interracial marriage for over fifteen years, we have encountered opposing views.  We have grown and learned so much from each other. Story's such as this is a great way to open your horizons, in the solitude of your reading nook and bring into real life conversations with others.

I'm so excited to be apart of the I'm Not Dying With You Tonight Blog Tour hosted by Raincoast. I am one of two stops for this tour today, once you're done reading this review, please be sure to head over to Brains, Books and Brawn to check out Amanda's review and thoughts on this story.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received I'm Not Dying With You Tonight at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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