At a regular Friday-night high school football game, violence suddenly erupts and ripples throughout the city. Lena--popular, confident, and black--takes refuge behind the concession stand, where Campbell--shy, new in town, and white--has been working. The unlikely pair team up to find safe spaces to hide as they attempt to make their way out of the violence and home to safety. Their reliance on one another forces them to face each other's perspective head on.
Told through alternating narration (written by two different authors), this was excellent as an audiobook with its fast pace and intense scenes. I grabbed this from my library when it was available as a Big Library Read. While I didn't find it quite as impactful as The Hate U Give or Dear Martin, fans of both those books might appreciate this one--and it was blurbed by authors Angie Thomas and Nic Stone.
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“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
Over the course of one night, two girls with two very different backgrounds must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city.
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.