I’m Not Dying With You Tonight
by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed by: Rachel Maggard
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight was the Big Library Read (a virtual book club!) this past November. The book is available on our website as an ebook or you can download it on the Libby app. It follows two girls (Lena and Campbell) as they are caught up in a fight that breaks out at their high school’s football game. The fight began because of some hateful race-filled comments and actions and soon escalates to beyond the school and into the surrounding neighborhoods.
The book’s plot moves quickly and I felt myself feeling stressed and scared just like Lena and Campbell. The two girls, who have next to nothing in common and barely like each other, must find a way to survive the chaos and get home safely. As they learn to rely on each other in order to survive, they learn what they have in common, they learn to understand each other’s point of view and they learn their own biases. This page turner of a novel is one I read in one sitting and I’d recommend it to anyone that enjoys the Young Adult genre, wants to become more aware of racial tensions in our country, or who is curious to read a book worthy of being the Big Library Read.