I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Disclaimer: I bought TWO copies of this book cause I’m weak. Support your authors, especially your local ones!Authors: Kimberly Jones and Gilly SegalBook Series: StandaloneRating: 5/5Publication Date: August 6th, 2019Diversity: Lena (one of the main characters and one POV character) is African American, as well as a many of the characters in this book.Recommended Age: 16+ (riots, violence, guns, and unlikely friends)Genre: YA ContemporaryPublisher: Sourcebooks FireSynopsis: 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.Review: Holy cow this book was a rollercoaster of amazing emotions and full of thought-provoking text. The characters were all very well developed, I felt for each of them, and the plot was something that has and could happen again. The writing is amazing and the text doesn’t read like two different people wrote it. The book is one of those that you should read, I highly recommend it. I also recommend getting the B&N copy with the extras at the end.There’s not an epilogue that wraps everything up with the regular version (and neither is there with the B&N version really, it’s just set a couple of weeks after the event), but is there ever one with life? Sometimes things happen to you and the next day you wake up and have to go to school.Verdict: Definitely a must read.

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