This Is Not a Love Letter

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 30 Jan 2018

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Heartbreaking story about mental illness and loss. Very well written.
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Although this book carries a vibe similar to 13 Reasons Why it keeps its originality with its clever use of a very flawed yet believable narrator. The brutal honesty of how suicide affects the people left behind is mesmerizing and in a way, somehow comforting. An excellent book that I would recommend to teen and older.
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I read the last half of this book in one go, stayed up late just to finish it, but I still can’t decide it I really liked this book. It certainly had my interest; I was hooked and had to know how things panned out. I held out hoping for the best, even though I knew it wouldn’t end well. This book was somewhat reminiscent of All the Bright Places, and also kind of made me think of John Green perhaps (primarily because of theme) but with more sex and occasional crude language (though that doesn’t generally bother me). I sort of liked that this was written like a letter from Jessie, that is partly what kept me here, but I can also appreciate that the style isn’t for everyone. *Spoilers...

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The summary intrigued me and I was so hoping to enjoy this one, but the writing style is a turn off and doesn't work for me.
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Not for me
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Thank you to @netgalley and @disneybooks for providing a copy of This is Not a Love Letter to me in exchange for my honest review. Jessie has told her boyfriend Chris that they need a one week break. Chris has been offered a baseball scholarship to college and he wants to marry Jessie right after high school while Jessie’s not sure that’s the best decision for their future. Then, Chris vanishes and the story unfolds as Jessie writes a letter to Chris telling him everything she should have told him when they were together. This story kept me on the edge of my seat and I wasn’t sure of the outcome until the very end. I don’t read a ton of YA but this one seemed to throw in one too many social...

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I received a free copy from NetGalley. Her boyfriend is missing and they were on a break. Race, in a small town, teenagers making life decisions, mental health, all the current issues are addressed in the book. A book hasn't made me cry in awhile and this one did as she tries to find her missing boyfriend, not ex-boyfriend, because they were only on a break, while dealing with a dysfunctional family life, school and work too. This would make a great book club read.
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Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have been going back and forth about how I felt about this book, as I was not a huge fan of the writing style. It took me awhile to get into. However; overall I still did enjoy the plot. This is definitely a story that will pull on your heartstrings. I also think it covers very important topics that are very relevant today. The story has twists and turns that kept my interest along the way. Like I mentioned above, this started off a little slow for me, but it was worth pushing through. It really picked up and I found myself enjoying it more and more. Overall, a great read and I would recommend it.
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In the middle of a one week break to gain some perspective before graduation, Jessie learns that her boyfriend Chris has gone missing. But everything's not as cut and dry as an obvious kidnapping because Jessie and Chris have been arguing over big decisions about their future, and Jessie eventually decides that they need to take a short break, something that Chris was torn over about. She meant for them to get back together by the end of it, but when Chris vanishes, Jessie learns that things might not have been so easy on Chris as it was on her. The police think he's vanished, a runaway, but Jessie thinks a darker shade of foul play was involved. Chris disappeared when going on a...

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This is such a good story to read, yet somehow I felt something missing inside. I couldn't even figure that out. But over all (the story-line, the characters, the language) made the book worth a read.
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This is not a Love Letter is written with an interesting take. Rather than a narration of the story, it is written as a letter covering all the details of a search for a missing youth from the perspective of his girlfriend. Chris, Jessie’s senior in high school boyfriend and a young man with a promising future , mysteriously disappears and Jessie recalls different memories of their relationship and of the events going on regarding the search for him. As the days progress, fears and suspicions built for Jessie and her friend, Josh, as they wait for any news on finding Chris. The search uncovers the nasty underbelly of the small town teens who reside there.
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This Book was provided by netgalley for an ARC. Wow I’m totally blow away by the ending of this book. This is probably one of the toughest reads I have had in a long while. It seems most books I choose have a happy ending but this one took a totally different turn. The author sets you up for an unbelieable story, that you find out in the end started by true events. Chris is a 17 year old boy with his whole life in front of him. He has a family he loves and a girlfriend he adores but after a fight with his girl friend he disappears. The girlfriend tells you the story of the events that take place that lead up to the ending of the book. Some books just don’t have a happy ending...

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This book seems like it can’t decide what it wants to be - is it a mystery? A love story? A reflection of race in America? The story comes out muddled, making this an additional purchase for high school libraries.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Disney Book Group for the free ARC, in exchange for this honest review. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I want to start out saying, this is not a happy story. It's actually a very sad one. When I think of that intense teenage first love, the angst, the heartbreak, the borderline obsession with each other, the fear of what happens after graduation, the author nailed it, And you add that all together it makes for the perfect YA romance. However, this book is so much more than a YA Romance. There are topics such as racism, teenage dating violence, mental health issues, dysfunctional parents, rich kids, poor kids, the justice system, It's all within the...

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3 1/2 stars This book was.. interesting. There were a lot of different things going on (topics include racial injustice, social injustice, love, mental health), but it worked. I think that Jessie was a great character; she was dynamic and even her obsessive tendencies weren't annoying. Everything she did was justified, and I agreed with all of her different ideas about Chris's disappearance. I think that Purcell lost me a little bit near the end. I still felt like Chris was a flat character, despite Jessie talking about him and their relationship frequently. However, I LOVED how timely and aware this book was. Exploring the workings of an interracial couple is something that...

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This book was all kinds of heavy; think heartbreaking and tragic, and the kind of resolution you feel as a reader you could have saved if only you could jump into the story and tell everyone where it all went wrong. As I'm sure you can tell by the title, Jessie is writing "journal entries" to "you" who is Chris, her boyfriend (although they were on a break). If you read the above blurb then you have all the information you need before going in, but prepare your heart my friends. This one is sad. While I felt the writing was really well done, I did find moments where certain things could have been chopped down and I wanted more detail on others. The revelation in the end I felt was well done...

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Jessie and Chris have taken a break from their relationship--for perspective. Really, the two are taking time apart because Jessie doesn't want Chris to give up his future for her... and, if she is honest with herself, she is worried about how she could possibly ever fit into the projection of his life. Sure, she loves him but love hasn't been exemplified in her life a lot before him and she doesn't know how to trust it or handle it. When we enter the story the break has been going for a few days, or maybe even a day, and Chris has gone missing. As a search for Chis develops Jessie finally begins to process her feelings for Chris through a "love letter" to him--explaining all the things...

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ALL THE FEELS (as my students would say)! I sobbed through the last 1/4 of this book and stayed up too late finishing it- it was that engrossing. I will be buying it for my high school library as soon as it comes out because my kids will love it. This is a book about friendships & relationships & all of the things we keep from each other. I can't say more or it will ruin the mystery of the book. This story is an emotional roller coaster ride, lovely & sad & searching & heartfelt.
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Oh man...this story is heartbreaking. But a story with a message that needs to be heard. The story unfolds as a long letter written to the narrator (Jessie's) missing boyfriend. She recounts the search for him and all the things that are happening. It was a beautiful way to tell the story.
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This is Not a Love Letter is a story about two teenagers who find they have a lot more in common then they thought. Jessie is white and is not a popular girl. Chris is black and just moved to town. The town they live in does not accept minority very well and Chris pays the price one night while on a run. Three weeks later Chris disappears and no one knows where he is. Jessie and Chris's best friend spend all their time searching for Chris and do everything in their power to get the local police to look for him. What unravels in this story will not be a surprise however, you will still feel your heart beating while rooting for Chris to show up. I thought this was a good story however, I...

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