This Is Not a Love Letter

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When a teen goes missing, his girlfriend refuses to believe he’s run away. Instead she focuses on the positive and begins documenting the search for him, hoping to share it with him when he returns. Author Kim Purcell recounts this tale for teens by using the unusual choice of second person point of view that ultimately weakens her novel This Is Not A Love Letter.

Jessie Doone loves her boyfriend, baseball star Chris Kirk, but lately Chris has gotten clingy. He wants to get married before they both graduate from high school, and while Jessie can’t imagine her life without Chris she also wants a chance at pursuing her own dreams outside their small town. She wants to leave it all behind:...

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i wish i could have said I loved this book but it was just okay. nothing really stuck out and wowed me. i gave this 2 stars but i would still try out the authors other worked
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This book is incredibly devastating to read, and it really took a lot out of me, emotionally. The topics that it deals with are heartbreaking and heavy. The plot overall was interesting, but that is the only thing that make me keep reading.

I personally was not a fan of the writing style at all. I found it distracting and confusing because the main character was writing letters to her missing boyfriend and continuously referred to him as "you." Also, I just could not relate to the main character, Jessie, at all. I found her a little bit annoying at times.

Plus, the titles of the chapters were really confusing. I think that each title should have contained a date, not just the...

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One night Chris, a popular high school athlete who is African American, goes out for a run, and doesn't come back. When Jessie, his white girlfriend, learns about it the next morning, she fears the worst. Could the rich white boys who had beaten Chris up attacked him again? Could her asking him for a one week break prompted him to go off on a trip and not tell anyone? Written as a letter to Chris by Jessie that describes what's happening while he's missing, the events leading up to it, and her deep feelings for him, this book is tense, engrossing, and surprising.
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When Chris, her straight A, athletic scholarship African American boyfriend disappears she simply can't believe the story the police come up with! Jessie blames herself for their one-week break, because she didn't stop him from running along the river, the same place where he was beat up 3 weeks previously. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone and along the way face the guilt of a past more complicated than she wants to admit.


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I was totally drawn into the story of Jessie! This is a character driven look at the stunning shock of a person you love disappearing. It was stunning! I desperately...

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What would you do if you woke up on the Saturday before your high school graduation and realized that your boyfriend is missing -- the boyfriend you asked for a one-week break so you could ponder some of the big decisions he wanted the two of you to make about your future? Jessie writes him a letter. As we follow Jessie's narrative we realize that she is white and her boyfriend is black. That they live in a small town which is more racist than they want to admit. That there are mental health problems in both of their homes.

This is not an easy book to read. You will read about racism, abuse, mental illness, suicide and watch through Jessie's eyes as the search for Chris becomes...

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This one was fine for me. It was a little heavy handed at time.
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There is something about this book that feels experimental. This will make it unpalatable for some people, but you should give it a try. It's not my favorite epistolary novel, but it is a story that will stay with me for a while.
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When I read the book description of ‘This is Not a Love Letter’ when I first saw the book on Netgalley, I immediately found myself interested. I love reading a nice romance. And this book was supposedly a romance story with some suspense. A perfect combination, is you ask me. So when my request got accepted I was super excited.

‘This is Not a Love Letter’ is a book unlike any other I read. The book is written through the eyes of Jessie. To be correct, the book is supposedly written by Jessie. It’s a letter for her boyfriend Chris who suddenly disappeared after they took a little break. And this was definitely something that made this book very interesting and kind of unique.

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This Is Not a Love Letter is an interesting YA novel. It follows Jessie, a girl about to graduate high school whose boyfriend just went missing. When Chris went missing, he and Jessie were on a break, a week-long break she requested to get some perspective about their futures. Chris went missing while he was running on a path by a river, and Jessie is almost sure it has something to do with the boys who assaulted him near the same river recently. In their small town, Chris is one of the few black boys and Jessie (who is white) is terrified something horrible has happened to him. As she speaks out, things become increasingly murkier and increasingly dangerous for Jessie. As Jessie deals with...

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This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell is a YA novel about a girl, Jessie, who is writing journal entries to her missing boyfriend. It’s supposed to be a full account of what happened and what she was thinking and feeling, knowing that she would be able to give it to him once found. As the reader, you also realize she’s doing this as a way to cope with his loss and the guilt that she had asked for a break just a few days prior.

This story is a believable portrait of teen life. It excels for telling a story that includes issues of race, suicide, bullying, homosexuality, and other important topics. Mental illness is also brought up in different ways. However, it felt at times that these...

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Thank you @netgalley for providing me with the ARC of #ThisIsNotALoveLetter by @typingthumbs #KimPurcell.
Jessie wakes up one day to find out her boyfriend Chris is missing. He went for a run the night before and never made it back home. Jessie and Chris’s friends are doing everything the can to search for him. It comes to light that Chris was jumped by some guys for the color of him skin. He is an African American in a predominantly white town. It also comes out that Chris has been struggling with depression. All Jessie wants to know is what happened to Chris.
If you do not want to cry then do not read this book. It took me about a quarter of the book to get into the writing style but...

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All Jesse wanted was a one week break to figure out where her life is going. Chris is pressuring her to follow him and his ticket out with a baseball full-scholarship, but Jesse knows Chris is too good for her. After all, it's why they've been fighting so much recently.

After Chris goes missing while out for a run, Jesse desperately tries to prove something is amiss. Being one of the only black kids in their prejudice-filled small town, Jesse fears someone was out to get Chris. When she makes these claims publicly, Jesse becomes a target herself. The police seem to think Chris ran...

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Jessie loved her boyfriend, Chris, but their relationship had become too big. She just wanted a one week off, a short break. Then Chris went missing and the police think he ran away. Jessie knows that he wouldn't just leave. The police don't know that Chris, an African American, had be harassed in their small town, the police don't know that Chris had plans beyond next week, and the police don't know that Jessie willing to do whatever it takes to find him.

This book was just frustrating. I couldn't decide what what was Purcell's intended message. Is this...

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I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

When I first started the book, the writing style was a little different than what I usually read, and it took me a few chapters to really get into it. Once I got invested, I devoured this book. It was heart shattering and raw, and it made me want to cry, laugh, and scream all at the same time. The author did a brilliant job at pulling me in and keeping me interested. Great book, and glad I got the chance to read it!
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Wow. I definitely have mixed emotions with this book. The subject matter is extremely heavy with themes such as bullying and racism. Subjects that I believe must be written about. Talked about. I like where the author was headed. I loved how unique the dialogue was. The story is written in the style of a diary or letter from the main character to her (missing) boyfriend. There's a feeling of dread and longing throughout the novel. Enough that I stuck with it.

..unfortunately, I did not enjoy the writing. This is probably more of a "me-problem" than anything else. No matter how great a story's message, the writing must pull me in. I felt that reading it was more of a...

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This Is Not a Love Letter has a unique premise that has a teenage girl Jessie keeping a journal of entries written to her boyfriend Chris who has gone missing. He would write her a love letter every week of their relationship. This is a way for Jessie to cope with her feelings and understand why Chris went missing. Themes of racism, suicide & bullying are present. If you're looking for a YA contemporary dealing with heavier topics with a bit of romance and mystery mixed in, this is a good one to check out.
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First, the required stuff: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Ok, now that that's over with. I loved this book! It was so riveting. If I'm being totally honest, I wasn't expecting much - I've been off YA for a while now and so by the time I needed to start reading it, I was not really looking forward to it at all, thinking it was going to be your average girl/boy YA love drama. I was so, so wrong.

This Is Not A Love Letter is a cross between The Girl on the Train and Me Before You. For real. It's all about these two teenagers - Jesse and Chris. Jesse is basically poor white trash with a...

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Chris and Jessie are high school sweethearts. It’s almost graduation time and time to make some big, scary decisions about their relationship post graduation. They see their futures differently which has caused much conflict. Jessie wants a one week break to gain perspective. But at the beginning of the break, not break up, Chris mysteriously vanishes after going out for a routine nightly run.

The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular, intelligent, good-looking, and about to head off to North Carolina State University on a full-ride baseball scholarship. So what happened to Chris? Did he get jumped? Chris is one of the only black kids in a...

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When Jessie decides to take a week break from her boyfriend, Chris, he disappears. She is desperate to find him and never let him go. As the search progresses it transforms into a search of potentially finding a body instead of finding where he ran to. Jessie believes that a rival basketball team hurt Chris because of his race and will stop at nothing to prove it.

I found that my favorite character in this story, Chris, was the one least present in the actual story. I thought the author attempted to address too many issues, which left the story feeling undeveloped. I wish the red herring, wasn't a red herring and was real, it would make the story more compelling. I was not a fan of...

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