The B&N YA Podcast: Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

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I’m not Dying with You Tonight is the story of two high school seniors who find themselves thrown together when a fight at a Friday night football game ignites into widespread violence of a kind that’s become heartbreakingly familiar. As events spiral out of control, Lena and Campbell—who are most certainly not friends—will need each other to make it through the night, get to safety and pick up the pieces. It’s a propulsive story that unfolds over the course of hours, but the conversations that readers are going to want to have—about racism, prejudice and reality, and what it means to cross seemingly enormous divides between us—are going to go on for a long time. We’re so lucky to have authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal with us to talk about their enthralling debut—they dropped into the studio just as I’m Not Dying With You Tonight hit bookshelves everywhere.

“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

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.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a special note from the author, two additional chapters, a detailed map of the area covered by the main characters, newspaper articles about the riot and a Q&A with the authors.

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