This Is Not A Love Letter

STARSThis 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

3.5 STARSThis 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 and really made me want to weep; extra points for the included diversity and talking about hard things such as race and mental health. Recommended to fans of John Green’s writing and of many other popular contemporaries of today. Trigger warning for suicide and bullying.*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.Popular This Is Not A Love Letter By Kim Purcell go inside Books One week That s all Jessie said A one week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.Then, Chris vanishes The police think he s run away, but Jessie doesn t believe it Chris is popular and good looking, about tOne week That s all Jessie said A one week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.Then, Chris vanishes The police think he s run away, but Jessie doesn t believe it Chris is popular and good looking, about to head off to college on a full ride baseball scholarship And he disappeared while going for a run along the river the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in But there are people in Jessie s town who don t like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence They smear Chris s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that s happening while he s gone As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past complicated than she would like to admit.. Go to my website, kimpurcell, for all the gory details.. Good Books This Is Not A Love Letter 3.5 STARSThis 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 and really made me want to weep; extra points for the included diversity and talking about hard things such as race and mental health. Recommended to fans of John Green’s writing and of many other popular contemporaries of today. Trigger warning for suicide and bullying.*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  1. 3.5 STARSThis 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 W [...]


  2. To keep both her heart and her mind from shattering, after Chris vanished, Jessie kept a running letter to him in her mind and in her heart She told of her secrets, times they shared, emotions they shared and what she has been left with since he disappeared THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER is a labor of love, of need, a declarations of truths and emotions, hopes, fears and the guilt a seventeen year old girl feels for not knowing It is Jessie s way to find answers, to feel connected to Chris, to hang o [...]


  3. Mini review DNF I received this E ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I saw this book on Netgalley and liked the synopsis So I requested it Unfortunately it wasn t for me The writing style turned me off And some of the wording was off I liked how racial profiling was mentioned and racism That was well done As I already know the ending I think everyone should read this Highly recommend.


  4. A week before their high school graduation, Jessie is awoken on Saturday morning with the news that her boyfriend, Chris, never came home from a run the night before As searches are put underway and everyone tries to figure out where he could be and what could have happened, Jessie addresses her thoughts to Chris He always sent her love letters, folded into paper airplanes She never gave him any letters And she s not starting now, because this is definitely not a love letter Right This is a hard [...]


  5. Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterWhen 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 com [...]


  6. Let me start by saying this is a Netgalley review, I received it for free for an honest review 3.5 StarsThis letter style book was not my favorite, it had its moments The letters are written by Jessie to her boyfriend Chris who has gone missing after a late night run In this letters, we get the history and background on the relationship and friendships surrounding the couple Jessie searches for answers as to where her boyfriend who seemed to have it all could have gone The pressure placed on the [...]


  7. I m going to have a full review up on teenreads soon, but just wanted to give a few quick thoughts This was one of the worst written books I ve ever read The quotes below will show you the sheer lack of editing, and the overall just bad writing Also, Purcell tries to add social commentary about racism in the story, but it s too surface level for it to even do anything I could definitely tell that this was written by a white woman from Canada My eyes are slippery puddles My pee lasts for thirty t [...]


  8. Find my reviews here Literary Meanderings This Is Not A Love Letter was a great way to start off my year I love mysteries This book started the year off with a bang.The book starts off with Chris already missing He and Jessie are taking a break for one week to gain some perspective on their futures and their relationship This was, of course, Jessie s idea Chris wanted nothing to do with it So, naturally, when Chris goes missing, Jessie thinks she may have scared him off by pushing him away.When [...]


  9. This Is Not a Love Letter is a socially conscious contemporary young adult mystery that takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride while addressing racial tensions, class issues, view spoiler loss, and mental illness hide spoiler.Chris, an African American Straight A Student, Super Athlete, did not come back home after his Friday night run along the river Just three weeks ago, while jogging along the same trail, he was jumped and beaten to a pulp by a group of rich white boys from the riv [...]


  10. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW My pee lasts for thirty two seconds My record is a hundred and seven I wonder if you count your pee We never talk about this stuff, but we should Bathroom habits are fascinating When you get back, I expect answers about all things bathroom related.Sadly, Jessie never got the chance to ask Chris bathroom related questions.I wasn t sure about this book at first Jess keeps saying you and I [...]


  11. Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for a free e copy in exchange for an honest review Actual Rating 3The cover of this book is honestly so beautiful And fitting too And just from reading the premise, I knew this book would be a heart breaker The story is written like a letter, from Jessie to Chris A week before graduation, Jessie told Chris they should go on a break, to get some perspective on their future But then, Chris disappears, and Jessie remembers the three boys from the rival high [...]


  12. 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 [...]


  13. 3.5 This book is a heavy one so be warned going into it The author brought in some rough topics such as mental health and racism.The story focuses on the main character Jessie who is writing journal entries to her boyfriend Chris who has gone missing I enjoyed this book and coming to the conclusion I had to hold back the tears.I believe the downfall of the book was some parts dragging while others were to short I was into the book and wanted to see how everything unraveled, however, it wasn t a [...]


  14. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The storyline of this book is fantastic It s suspenseful, heartbreaking, hopeful, all in one The main character is incredibly relatable, even though she struggles with things a lot of teens don t have to handle, like an agoraphobic pack rat mother In a lot of novels featuring teens, I feel like the characters have kind of all or nothing personalities that don t really match real teens They are either totally confi [...]


  15. I can t even fathom writing a review right now I am a mess My heart is so completely shattered I ve never ever cried so hard while reading My emotions are in shock I will have to write my review tomorrow.


  16. 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, Jessi [...]


  17. This is not a love letter by Kim Purcell was surprising It s about a boy, Chris,that goes missing and the character evolution of Jessie, his girlfriend, in form of a letter I really enjoyed it, it kept my heart racing and aching They are some trigger warnings for mental illnesses and self arm Thank you for the free ebook copy.


  18. Although the title foreshadows that this will not be a romantic story, I went into this novel expecting a contemporary romance but it hit so much harder than that There are so many important themes covered in this novel, including but not limited to racism, mental disorders, family dynamic, and friendship I felt as though each of these was dealt with head on and compassionately, however at times I felt that it was taking over the overall suspense of the novel Overall, I thought this was a very p [...]


  19. TW depression, suicide, racismThis is Not a Love Letter discusses difficult topics such as depression, suicide, and racism as you can see by the trigger warning I have provided This is not a cute contemporary If you are looking for something light hearted, then I do not suggest picking up this book I went through a whirlwind of emotions while reading this book I was angry, sad, and very anxious while reading It definitely was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time My hands we [...]


  20. I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher One week That s all Jessie said A one week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future decisions they had been fighting about for weeks Then, Chris vanishes The police think he s run away, but Jessie doesn t believe it Chris is popular and good looking, about to head of [...]


  21. 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 wh [...]


  22. 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 depres [...]


  23. 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 bo [...]


  24. There s nothing No sign of him anywhere Jessie s boyfriend Chris disappears one night while on a run, just after Jessie suggested they take a break from each other Everyone thinks he is just another teenage runaway, but Jessie knows differently and she s out to prove it and find him.It has been a while since I have read a book that kept me so on edge Kim Purcell s This is Not a Love Letter is one of those books that I just couldn t put down The suspense kept me hooked right from the beginning, a [...]


  25. Man oh many oh boy it s 1 07 am on a Sunday and I had to finish this book This book was amazing at first I was annoyed about how it seemed to drag on and become pointless This story was not one about a love story but it touched on various subjects, race, and mainly interracial relationships This story was sooo powerful I cried like a baby I just want to cry again and again this book was just so good Thank you Kim for sharing this story.


  26. Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Oh manis 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 The story has twists and turns that keep the reader guessing hoping.


  27. 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 tha [...]


  28. Okay, so, this book really had a little bit of everything in it And while it started off a bit slow, after a short bit, it got to the point where I couldn t put it down In fact the way the story was slow makes a lot of sense, because it is spent with the characters, waiting on any scrap of news or clue as to what happened to the missing boy, Chris The author kept me guessing for most of the way through the book, something that I really enjoy when reading Every character in this book had their ow [...]


  29. As an avid reader, I look for a lot of things in the novels that I choose to spend my time with Reading is not merely a job for me, it is a way of life I have escaped into books since my childhood spent in the humid bayous and the honeysuckle filled countrysides of Louisiana, using them to provide balance and fantasy, to expand my vocabulary and to help rid myself of a thick Southern accent by speaking the words aloud.I do my best to read a range of work Some are thick tomes that span generation [...]


  30. Generally, books written from first point of view are not on my favourites shelf Maybe it s a prejudice or maybe I just find third person narrative appealing, but This is not a love letter made me forget about all of that and shattered my heart multiple times for Jessie, for Chris and for what could have been Synopsis is very clear when it comes to the settings of the book we read a letter from Jessie to Chris relating everything that is happening once he goes missing All emotions, all possibil [...]


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