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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight | Kimberly Jones
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#BigLibraryRead #BLR19

Today is the last day to claim your copy of the tagged book via your library‘s OverDrive subscription, for the Big Library Read.

Thank you to ALL who read and participated in the discussion questions!

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ElizaMarie I have had fun reading everyone's thoughts on this. 2d
megnews Thanks for hosting! 2d
CrowCAH @megnews you‘re welcome! 2d
JoyBlue Thanks for your thoughtful questions! Even though I didn't participate as much as I would have liked, I appreciated thinking about your questions and reading the discussion. 15h
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Rissa1
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On whim I picked this up. Started it this afternoon and finished it tonight. I cannot imagine being an adult in this situation, being a teenager in this situation would wreck me. This will be a book that has me thinking for a long time.

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#BigLibraryRead #BLR19

Question 9: Campbell and Lena don‘t really know each other when they wind up huddled together in the concession stand. Explain what Campbell means when she says, “With only me and Lena left, this shelter feels less like a fortress and more like a cage.” What is the difference between fortress and a cage? How do both girls begin to panic?

JoyBlue A fortress protects; a cage imprisons. 4d
ElizaMarie @JoyBlue Of course! I think because the girls weren't friends going on they didn't see it as a fortress. A fortress to me is like “me and my bestie:“ running the show. Kind of thing. I mean.... But Also because they felt they didn't have anything in comment it probably felt very stifling and cage-like. 4d
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CrowCAH @JoyBlue I like it, short and to the point. 3d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie it would be tough trusting someone whom one has never interacted with before. 3d
megnews “Less like a fortress.” I think this means it felt more like a fortress before. Even with the kid just sitting on the floor, she felt more protected than with Lena. Afterward, a cage. Could it be she now felt she was caged in with the enemy? Considering she knew this riot started with racial slurs and tensions, neither girl could know the others‘ thoughts. Perhaps she wondered if the fight had come to her. 2d
JoyBlue @ElizaMarie Good points! 15h
JoyBlue @CrowCAH 😉 💙 15h
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#BigLibraryRead #BLR19

Question 8: what precipitates the fight in the first place? Campbell has never seen a fight; what was her reaction? Contrast Lena and Campbell‘s view of the cops.

marleed As these questions are presented, I realize that I don‘t read for the secondary details of a story these days - maybe I should work on that. But Lena and Campbell‘s perspective of police entering a brouhaha is key to the discussion of a YA story - so important to understand that my history is not your history as we move through a shared traumatic event. 4d
CrowCAH @marleed lol I agree; I read for the enjoyment of a book, not necessarily for discussion. 4d
marleed @CrowCAH The questions have been interesting to me because I honestly didn‘t realize how I let those details go. It reminded me of when my kids went through this Accelerated Reader (AR) program in grades 3-8. It was great for my daughter because she read for details. My son read (and enjoyed) for the overall picture. AR scarred his reading for life, I swear, convincing him he was a below average reader. 4d
megnews Racial slurs precipitates the fight. Campbell is shocked by the fight. She views the police as protection as white children are trained to do and expect. Lena views them with suspicion and rightfully assumes their arrival means things are about to get worse. 2d
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#BigLibraryRead #BLR19

Question 7: Johnsville is McPherson‘s biggest football rival, but the problem between the two schools runs deeper then a simple rivalry. There was extra security. Why is it not enough? Discuss how school officials could have done to prepare for possible violence at the game. How might each school address the student body on the following Monday?

megnews I live in a small diverse, college town in a rural area surrounded by schools with no exposure to African-American kids. There are 3 school football teams that come play our high school team that throw racial slurs. There have been brawls that shut the games down after they‘ve thrown these on the field. Our school prepares the kids and maintains the no fighting stance. I have no idea if the other schools prepare the kids not to be racist or ⬇️ 2d
megnews reprimand the perpetrators. I‘ve always felt they should suspend the person(s) who used offensive language the rest of the season. These kids and parents are serious about their kids‘ football scholarships. That would shut this crap down. Either that or eject the whole team. So this novel is pretty much real life in some places. 2d
CrowCAH @megnews wow I had no idea. I live in a diverse area, but never attended the football games. 2d
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Question 6: discuss Lena‘s relationship with Black. He is older than she, how might he be out of Lena‘s league? Why is Marcus upset that she is trying to find Black during the riots? Does she end up seeing through Black‘s facade?

ElizaMarie Black is cool? I think she sees him as an older man who has a lot going for him (despite any evidence that this is actually true). She makes excuses for him all the time. And sure that night is chaotic but,. she starts to realize that a lot of what he has done in the past has been very selfish and not very boyfriend-like. I am happy to see that she starts to see him for who he is. Lena starts off with a rather low self esteem. 6d
ElizaMarie attaching herself to Black is an example of this. She doesn't think she deserves to be treated better. Makes excuses for his behavior and just allows him to treat her badly. She starts to gain sense of self while battling that night. Cambell also challenges her by making her see Black for who he is. 6d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie it‘s important to see mistakes of the past and not to repeat them. 5d
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mbreichert19
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Excited to start this #BigLibraryRead via Libby

CrowCAH Follow the hashtag and join the discussion; I‘m posting questions. 7d
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Question 5: LaShunda, Lena‘s best friend, displays a stronger sense of responsibility and better judgment. How does Lena need LaShunda when things get scary and tough?

ElizaMarie I think with any friendships we have, we see that we have different strengths. I think that friends tend to pick each other in ways that help each other. Its a check/balances thing but also a crutch. Because Lena isn't with her friend during this night and is with Cambell. I feel it helps her develop more as a person. She sees that she doesn't need LaShunda she is able to navigate with Cambell and these girls can support each other. 6d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie friendships are important at all ages of life! 5d
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CogsOfEncouragement
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#BigLibraryRead

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#BigLibraryRead #BLR2019

Question 4: how is Pops, Lena‘s grandfather, a sting father figure? Why is he so strict with Lena? Explain how Marcus and others in the neighborhood work with Pops to keep Lena safe. How does she rebel; what‘s at the root of it?

megnews I think Pop‘s is strict because of the neighborhood. He‘s probably seen kids succumb to it. The neighbors check on Lena, ask questions, threaten to call her Pops to try to keep her in line. She rebels with the older boyfriend. She‘s trying to make her own choices and test the boundaries like most teenagers do. (edited) 1w
ElizaMarie Pops is a central father figure for not only Lena but it appears that he is the father of many of the kids in the neighborhood. I feel like because he is a “good man“ he is trying to make sure his “children“ do not gets sucked into the lifestyles that so many people without role models do. I think he is strict with Lena because he can see the potential. She is strong willed, but also very kind. This can lead her down the wrong path (with the boy) 6d
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ElizaMarie Lena rebeling I think is nothing more than teenager attitude. Teens think they are invincible and feel like their elders “don't understand“ the way the world is for them. She loves that boyfriend and sees the good in him whereas her family doesn't. I mean we have all been there, thinking we know more than people who have “been there“. Some mistakes we need to learn on our own. 6d
CrowCAH @megnews true, teenage years are the years of discovery. 5d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie he sounds like a wise man. 5d
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#BigLibraryRead #BLR2019

Question 3: Why is Campbell‘s father eager for her to work the concession stand at the football game? What does this say about their relationship and about Campbell‘s resentment about leaving her old school? She often experiences loneliness; is there hope at the end for a different life?

(Sorry posting this late today)

ElizaMarie I didn't really get that it was a good/bad thing that her dad wanted her to work concession. I mean maybe it was his attempt to get her to embrace the new school (like a way to have ownership in the area?) Or maybe teaching her about hard work? 1w
marleed @ElizaMarie Yeah, I don‘t have mycopy of the book anymore and thought - oh interesting I don‘t have a clue - that wasn‘t a moment I took from the book. I was thinking she volunteered because she was needed in a new situation and knew how to do it from previous experience. ...It is interesting - the things we take away from a story to retain the significance of it. 1w
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megnews This came across pretty straightforward to me. A parent trying to make sure his daughter gets involved in school activities to make friends. If he knew she did this when she lives with her mom, it‘s probably why he picked this particular thing. 1w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie all plausible thoughts! 1w
CrowCAH @marleed I agree, different aspects of a book stand out to each person. 1w
CrowCAH @megnews it‘s also a low keyed way to meet people. 1w
ElizaMarie @megnews True. I think father felt as if his daughter made friends she might not feel so miserable about starting a new school? 1w
CogsOfEncouragement This did stand out to me because I was irritated with him. I do not think it was for Campbell‘s benefit. The father wanted to go fishing. That was his habit. He wanted to keep that habit. He wanted to feel less guilty about it. He left Campbell with five bucks and a flimsy way to get home. Irritating even if nothing had occurred to set off a riot. (edited) 5d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie a solid recommendation. 5d
CrowCAH @CogsOfEncouragement we‘re all selfish and don‘t like our routines to be interrupted. 5d
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So I guess they don‘t really play football but it starts off at a football 🏈 game so I‘m going to count it for #BookishBingo

LoverOfLearning Follow your rules! You've got this! 2w
ElizaMarie @LoverOfLearning I doubt I‘ll get a bingo for this month. None of the topics are really “my thing” but who knows :) 2w
LoverOfLearning Maybe not but good for you for trying and expanding your range 2w
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ElizaMarie @LoverOfLearning actually I‘m glad I‘m trying. You are so right about expanding. I wouldn‘t have read the one written by a Native American if it were not for this bingo (I really enjoyed it) 2w
LoverOfLearning @ElizaMarie Fantastic! What was it called? 2w
ElizaMarie @LoverofLearning it was a audible original but I had picked it specifically because of the author‘s ethnicity. It was very well done. Reminded me of a podcast with interviews and trials and stuff (edited) 2w
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ElizaMarie
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So I‘m glad I took a chance on this #BigLibraryRead book. I would have liked it a bit longer so I can get to have more of a background on the characters lives and struggles. But... overall good. Also loved it as an audio because it helped to listen to the wording/accents and what not :)

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Bookwormjillk
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A though provoking YA novel. I‘m glad I took a chance on this one.

Eggs I just read this too! 2w
TheBookHippie I was wondering about this one! 2w
marleed I just read it to. I couldn‘t resist participating in the Big Library Read. 2w
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Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie it reminds me a little of The Hate You Give without the wonderful character development. 2w
Bookwormjillk @marleed me too. I thought it was a good pick. 2w
Bookwormjillk @Eggs I couldn‘t figure out why so many people were reading it all of the sudden until I logged into Libby 2w
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#BigLibraryRead #BLR2019

Question 2: how do Lena and Campbell have false views of the other? Why does Lena assume Campbell is rich? How does Campbell coming from a Pennsylvania school with few black students contribute to her ignorance about people of color?

ElizaMarie So I‘m still working on this one but... I assume she believed she was rich because she is a white girl. I grew up in a mostly Hispanic area where because I have a “white” last name.. people assumed I was a higher class 2w
marleed Misconceptions! Just tonight I was at a wedding reception and talking about an event with my son.... We sponsored a college student from Tokyo when my son was 3-7 yrs old. In 3rd grade he came home so confused because a new boy from Japan was in his class. He had blonde hair. A few weeks later this boy came for a play date - his parents had been stationed in Japan for 3 years! 2w
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CrowCAH @ElizaMarie that‘s interesting. Lots of factors go into first impressions, many of which can be incorrect. 2w
CrowCAH @marleed ah I see. Just because he was “from” Japan, doesn‘t mean he is Japanese. Good example. 2w
megnews I attended a pretty diverse high school. These types of stereotypes were tossed around a lot. If you grow up in a neighborhood you rarely leave to realize the vast differences between people despite their race and you do not have friends with a variety of backgrounds, it‘s fairly easy to ascribe to these beliefs. 1w
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I‘ve never participated in a #BigLibraryRead book but it looked cute so I‘m gonna start this one shortly :)

CrowCAH Please, join the discussion; I‘m posting questions-follow the hashtag. 2w
ElizaMarie @CrowCAH okay I‘ll look at them :) 2w
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marleed
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I couldn‘t resist participating in the #BigLibraryRead because it‘s just such a great idea. It definitely had a YA feel and can lead to important discussion. I‘d recommend it for fans of The Hate You Give. It‘s a quick read so character development isn‘t as thorough as THUG. However, it‘s meaningful to read two girls of different ethnicity move together through a traumatic event where each brings to it their own perspectives.

lele1432 I thought this one might be a good one! 2w
marleed @lele1432 I think it‘s a good choice for the Big Library Read because of the discussions that might follow. 2w
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In my honest opinion being of mixed race I would definitely suggest to listen to this book rather than read the book. Go into this book with an open mind. Remember both races are in the wrong...

Eggs Was a pick for me too 6d
JoyBlue I'm super-glad I read it! 5d
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megnews
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Two girls thrown together fighting their way to safety when riot breaks out. Essential #yafiction.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#biglibraryread

#AuthenticVoice #TeenAngst #BBRC

Book 286 11/9/19

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2w
marleed Such a great book for discussion! 2w
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#BigLibraryRead #BLR2019

Question 1: discuss the structure of the novel, thoughts on the five parts, the two point of views, keeping in mind the whole novel takes place in one night.

megnews I always enjoy novels written from multiple points of view and this was no exception. I think it was especially important to tell this story well. 2w
marleed I too thought the two perspectives were were very meaningful for a book so valuable to YA discussion. Understanding how everyone has their own history which forces them to receive information uniquely, particularly in moments of trauma, is important. 2w
CrowCAH @marleed I agree, we all have our own histories that we filter information through. 2w
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ElizaMarie I really enjoyed that we got to see both girls perspective of the exact same scene. It helps the reader see how different these girls are but also helps us see some of the similarities they have. I ended up listening to this on Audio which I think adds a special factor to it as well. We hear it more “in their own words“ 6d
CogsOfEncouragement I always enjoy books that give us multiple first person POV. Actions only mean so much, being allowed to understand motive tells so much more about the character. Being able to hear a character‘s thought about something she understands clearly, or completely misunderstands is also revealing. 5d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie I enjoy listening to audiobooks; helps the workday go by fast. 5d
CrowCAH @CogsOfEncouragement so true, the emotions are what makes the story memorable! 5d
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pari91
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This is a great book. I really liked the two main characters Lena and Campbell. I am glad that we were able to get to know the characters through out the book.

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#BigLibraryRead #BLR2019

The Big Library Read has started: November 4th through 18.

Snag your BLR on OverDrive via your library card!

In a couple days I‘ll post discussion questions for any who are reading the book.

CogsOfEncouragement I‘m starting this tonight. 2w
marleed I started today! 2w
CrowCAH @CogsOfEncouragement @marleed the first question is posted; can‘t wait to see your thoughts. 2w
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Well-paced, action-packed YA about 2 teen girls trying to survive a football game fight that becomes a full-on riot through town

Clwojick Sounds good! I‘m stacking. 2w
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Am I already reading too many books at a time as usual? Yes!
Could I pass up this book from my tbr? Of course not!
I‘ve never participated in #BigLibraryRead. Has anyone else? Are you joining this one?

Hooked_on_books I haven‘t joined it before but will this month because my library has the audio! I just have to clear a small library audiobook backlog first, then I‘m good to go! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading Yep! Same here! I only had three audiobooks on loan from Libby but why not one more? 2w
CogsOfEncouragement This is my third time. The concept of so many people reading the same books amazes me and I am enthusiastic about participating again. 2w
megnews @Hooked__on__books @Prairiegirl_reading @CogsOfEncouragement I‘m almost done reading it. I see @CrowCAH is planning to post some questions here on Litsy for discussion. I‘m excited to join in. 2w
CrowCAH @megnews yup, going to post one now. 👍🏻 2w
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SW-T I‘ve been thinking about this one. Hope you enjoy. Happy reading! 2w
pari91 @SW-T thank you I will let you know how it goes. 2w
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mirsophie
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I liked this book, but didn't love it. I didn't see the point in having the main black character be so stereotypical, she is the stereotypical abused black woman and I did not like it. However, I did like the friendship dynamic between Campbell and her.

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Powerful page turner. Two high school girls thrust into each other‘s worlds one Friday night as violence erupts at a football game and spreads through their city.

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At a panel with the 2 authors of this book at #decaturbookfestival #diversebooks

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Kristy_K
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This is a powerful little novel, taking place over the course of a few hours. It‘s wild and chaotic and while I was annoyed by some of Lena‘s and Campbell‘s choices, who‘s to say I wouldn‘t have made similar ones at 17 if I was in their shoes.

#netgalley #arc

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A quick YA read that invokes the same feel as an Angie Thomas novel. Two different teens are thrown together during a night of chaos. It starts when a fight breaks out at a school & then gets out of hand. This book covers themes of racism, wealth inequality, relationships, belongingness, family, and rioting that rivals the tragedy in Charlottesville.

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from Teen Reads in exchange for my honest review.

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IvoryLunatic
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If you liked The Hate U Give, then this might be another book to add to your list. It was interesting to see the conflict, fears, and challenges from both perspectives, because it both teaches you how the other person thinks and about your own biases. I read this book in one day because I just could not put it down. Thank you, #netgalley, for this #arc. It‘s #3 for my #readathon.

Katerina Book-unrelated question: what is up with the water droplets?
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IvoryLunatic @Katerina I just felt like putting a filter over it. The sunlight spots are my usual choice but they didn‘t feel as appropriate as the raindrops for this book. 4mo
Katerina @IvoryLunatic Ah, I see. The weather is so unusually hot where I live, that rain didn't even enter my mind XD 4mo
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This #arc wasn‘t in my plans for #NetGalley #reviewathon but it was approved this week and I don‘t want to wait for it. Book #3.

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Thank you @netgalley and @sourcebooksfire for this arc! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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I really enjoyed this book! Really fast paced! I loved the characters and the fact that they came together in the mist of all the chaos that is around them! This book comes out on 10/01/19! Definitely recommend it!