KIM PURCELL reads from her new YA novel THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER

This Is Not a Love Letter (Disney-Hyperion)

This Is Not a Love Letter by award-winning author Kim Purcell, is a both intimate and immediate love story examining race, loss, and mental health in small town America. Impacted by the tragic loss of a close friend who took his own life in high school, Kim Purcell has written a nuanced, thought-provoking, and brutally honest young adult novel.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Then, days before graduation, popular, attractive, college-bound Chris vanishes. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. Jessie searches for answers. The police think he's run away, but she doesn't believe it. He disappeared while going for a run along the river—the same place where some boys 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 investigate, Jessie and others speak up about the harassment Chris experienced and the danger he could be in. There are people in Jessie's town who are infuriated by the suggestion that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They threaten Jessie, and smear Chris’s character. As tensions escalate, Jessie must face her own fear and guilt. What really happened to Chris?

Tender and unflinching, This Is Not a Love Letter is an emotionally devastating examination of love, life, and the ties that bind, and what happens to those left behind when they break. 

Kim Purcell has been a longtime WriteGirl volunteer. Several teen girls from WriteGirl will kick off the reading with their own creative work. More about WriteGirl at:

Kim Purcell grew up in British Columbia, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two kids, dog, and three cats. She is currently getting her MFA in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College for Fine Arts. Her debut, Trafficked, was well reviewed and was nominated for several state awards. Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter at @kimberlypurcell.

Event date: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
This Is Not a Love Letter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484798348
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 30th, 2018