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Don't Stop Now

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  964 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
On the first day of Lillian’s summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny’s home life has been rough, and that her boyfriend may be abusive. Soon, Penny’s family, the local police, and even the FBI are grilling Lil, and sh
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
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Wendy Darling
Jan 06, 2012 Wendy Darling marked it as will-never-read
I guess all the calm discussions advocating respectful author-reader relations were for nothing, eh?
Sep 25, 2011 Noelle rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
So I typed out a whole review but then Goodreads went down and...well, I've wasted enough time on this book. By reading it. It is ridiculous! The only realistic thing about it is how annoying and self-centered the teenage protagonists are! Otherwise? What a mess. Why not make this a road trip book? Was the convoluted, unbelievable fake kidnapping plot really necessary? There are so many more realistic reasons to go on a road trip than to leisurely track down your maybe-fake-kidnapped friend (who ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I've been in a road trip reading mood of late, and 'Don't Stop Now' didn't disappoint.

While it wasn't as deep as another road trip book I've recently read ('Saving June'), I found it to be very different in mood (much lighter, it that wasn't clear), which was exactly what I was hoping for.

While the story is described as being about a road trip taken by Lil and Josh to track down Lil's kind-of-friend-but-kind-of-not-friend Penny, the story is definitely focused on the road trip and their relatio
Aug 09, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Now this book was a lot of fun!

Don't Stop Now is the story about Josh and Lil, two best friends on a quest to find their kinda-sorta-friend, Penny, who looks like she faked her own kidnapping, and Lil is the only one who kinda-sorta knows where she might be and Josh is only to happy to help her on this mission. Road trip! Destination, to find one lost misfit-girl and hopefully discover many other... possibilities along the way.

Hands down the best thing about this book is Josh and Lil's chemistr
Apr 08, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
Another one? I wish I had known about the controversy with this author BEFORE I had read the book. I know authors have feelings too, but I don't understand why authors insist on publicly blogging to complain about reviewers. Vent away and set it on private or punch a wall or better yet, go read the good reviews to make yourself feel better. I've had authors kindly tell me I'm entitled to my own opinions, and that's a gracious way to handle it. Chances are, you are going to have more likes than d ...more
Mar 15, 2015 hayden marked it as how-bout-no
This book didn't look appealing before this little incident and it certainly the hell doesn't now. I don't know what's gotten into YA authors these days, but they need to BTHO. (Back The Hell Off.)
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
I LOVED every bit of this! Just loved it. The writing was easy-going and witty and fully enjoyable. The book was so fun without been cliched or repetitive. We have the unexpected road trip that *may* put things in motion between Josh and Lil, who have been best friends for years. I always love the bff turned love interest. It's so real it reminds me of a personal experience. One that I'm sure many of us have in mind because I'm sure everyone has/will crush on someone who only considers you a fri ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Natasa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Story Siren’s review, I was very excited to get my hands on this book.

The verdict? Disappointment. I was expecting a light summer read, which admittedly, I got, but what I was not expecting was the bombardment of materialist and consumerist advertisements of half the tourist attractions in the USA.

I’d just get a travel guide if I were you.

Sure, in the beginning it was cute but by the end I felt I knew more about the fun places of America than the supposed couple/best friends. I
May 21, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
My take:This is just one of those quirky books that you enjoy from the first word to the last and realize that not only was it an enjoyable read, there is a message that corresponds to Lil and Josh's Quirky Adventure. Life is not, after all, like a box of chocolates, "but a big, long journey with a whole bunch of bumps and twists, and freaky roadside attractions, that no matter what, lead us to somewhere." Huh. That would have been a really nice place to end this review. Alas, I have more.

"I hat
Jan 29, 2012 Ricki rated it it was amazing
When Julie Halpern spoke with my class, she told them that, in high school, a friend called to tell her that she faked her own kidnapping. Julie took that event of her past to create this incredibly fun, laugh-out-loud, road trip book.

I identified with Lillian, and I think many teenage girls will. She is in love with her best friend, Josh, and continually questions and analyzes aspects of their relationship. Lillian is quite insecure, and I think she is a great depiction of the average teenage
♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
Will not be reading.

What a great way to win our hearts. And over this apparently "nasty" review.
Eve Davids
This is the worst book I have ever read in my life. I fucking hate all the characters in it. They were one dimensional, useless, and boring. Oh dont let me forget to add, they were all huge biyotches as well. Please dont ever read this book. Even if someone held a gun to your head, do not go near this book.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars, reviewed by Cynthia for MM's-

When I started reading Don’t Stop Now I thought it was just going to be a fun light-hearted read, it was actually pretty funny and was making me laugh out loud with the hilarious conversations between Lillian and Josh but I soon realized that there was going to be more to the story, something more serious.

The story starts off pretty much on the light side, we have Lillian who’s had a crush on her best friend Josh since the first time they met but Josh is u
Aug 29, 2011 Lesley rated it it was amazing
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My rating 4.5 out of 5

I adoredthe snarkybanter between BFF's Lillian and Josh as they head West on a road trip with Josh's car and his rich but absent Dad's credit card to track down their troubled friend Penny who appears to have faked her own kidnapping to escape an abusive boyfriend and her QVC addicted mother who ignores her.

Josh and Lil's road trip is full ofhilarious pit stops at places such as Mars' cheese castle, the enchanted world doll
Dec 22, 2015 Danya rated it really liked it
Take the disappearance of a not-so-close friend.

Add a promise not to tell, some calls from the cops and FBI, and a spontaneous road trip with your best friend/crush.

Mix in some tourist attractions, metaphors, and close-to-the-heart confessions along the way.

The result? Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern.


Don't Stop Now is all about the characters and their relationships. Often if characters frustrate me a little but I keep on reading, that's a good sign that there's some great charact
Jul 19, 2011 Cecelia rated it really liked it
You know how sometimes a song or a particular book reminds you of a day, or a place, or a season? I’ll forever associate Julie Halpern’s latest novel Don’t Stop Now with summertime, roadtrips without air conditioning, and intense heat. It’ll be a reminder of those shimmering waves of hot air that seem to billow out of the asphalt along the horizon line, of the windows down and the music too loud (so you can hear it over the rush of the wind), and of the inevitable orange snacks you pick up at an ...more
Emily May
Jun 17, 2012 Emily May marked it as dnf
Shelves: young-adult, romance, 2011

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Jasprit for letting me borrow this book and I'm just sorry I can't get into it. I don't want to put people off, it just wasn't for me :(
Jul 14, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I always adore road trip books, and Julie Halpern's Don't Stop Now was no different. Romantic, quirky, and fast paced, it constantly had me flipping the pages, eager to know what would occur next.

Lil and Josh are preparing for an easy and relaxing summer, as it is her last one before her college and the last time they will be together for a while. However, everything changes when Lil gets a voice mail from Penny, their sort-of friend, simply saying, “I did it.” Lil does not put much thought into
Dec 21, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Review posted 8/16/2011 at Owl Tell You About It.

I'm at a weird place on this one. There are things I loved and things I didn't like so much. I loved Lily and Josh. They were great characters, but I wasn't totally satisfied by where their story went. It just left to much open for me. I was expecting a feel-good story with a road trip, and it didn't quite deliver.

Lily is a good character. She's quirky and laid back. Or, at least, she acts laid back most of the time, when she's really stressing ab
Sarah Rosenberger
Aug 20, 2011 Sarah Rosenberger rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction, travel
When best friends Lillian and Josh go on a road trip to track down a friend who has faked her own kidnapping, Lillian has more on her mind than just finding the missing Penny. She has had more-than-friendly feelings for Josh for a long time, and hopes spending a bunch of time together will make him finally realize he returns her feelings. A light-hearted, unconventional romance with some serious undertones.

I really liked Into the Wild Nerd Yonder because of its realism, and was disappointed tha
Jun 10, 2011 Britta rated it really liked it
This book was really fun and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was quirky, odd, random and everything you could wish for in a road trip.

Lilian semi-regrets her decision of taking Penny, the outcast, under her wing. But regardless, she has, and now she has to deal with all of Penny's crazy antics. The most recent? Leaving her a message at four in the morning stating only, "I did it". Did what? Luckily (well... thankfully), Lil decodes this to mean that Penny had faked her own kidnaping. Well great. W
The comparison to Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour are inevitable and while I still like Amy & Roger better, Don’t Stop Now did have its moments.

Penny has faked her own kidnapping and now, Lillian believes it’s her responsibility to go after her. Together with her own best friend, Josh, they take a road trip to Portland to find Penny. But Lillian has a massive crush on Josh. Will this road trip help her give voice to her feelings and does Josh feel the same way?

Don’t Stop Now is a much more ser
Was "Don't Stop Now" as good as "Into the Wild Nerd Yonder"? Of course not. Was it absolutely mindless drivel? Nope. Frankly, there are two camps concerning Julie Halpern's new-ish book. Either it's amazing or it's the worst thing ever written. And truly, it's neither. It's both. Does the weird fake kidnapping of the main character's quasi-friend who is most likely the victim of parental neglect and domestic violence feel like a pretty under-handed plot device created in order to get said main c ...more
Frannie Bottorff
May 11, 2016 Frannie Bottorff rated it really liked it
This book is a good read for the summer. I highly suggest reading this because it has just the right amount of adventure, and a little bit of romance towards the end that comes into play. The way the author uses description makes you feel as if you are right there beside the narrator, seeing and feeling everything that is going on.
This is a good book to read for teenagers to read because they are always thinking about adventure and all the “what ifs” that go through an adolescent's mind. This
Apr 17, 2014 Pink rated it liked it
Liked hearing about the cool road trip places they went, especially when their destination is Portland and I'll be going there next month. They even stopped by the craters of the moon by/in(?) Rupert!
Didn't find it believable that it took this girl 4 years to approach her best friend with the whole 'do you like me' subject...
This was a fun easy breezy read. I enjoyed the banter between the two of them and I even laughed a few times. The characters were 'witty' in a believable sense, rather than
Jeff Raymond
Ah, the fabled teen road trip story.

The twist in this one is that the boy and girl friends (as opposed to the couple, to establish the conflict) are on a cross-country road trip to look for her friend who has faked her kidnapping.


So this is one of those books, it's a weird adventure, and I'm honestly not sure how it works, if it works at all. It's readable and enjoyable, yes, but it's fairly surface-level and surprisingly predictable.

This is kind of along the same lines as I've felt about
Oct 14, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I liked the Lil/Josh story line, despite it being kind of unbelievable. Their parents were way too lenient and willing to go along with their road trip without consequence. But the big problem I had with the novel was the way underdeveloped storyline with Penny. It was a thin thread to use as the catalyst for the road trip, and it was clear that was never the real intention for the road trip anyway, as that story line was wrapped up very tidily in a couple page. Didn't buy it.

The writing itself
Jun 04, 2015 Dayna rated it liked it
"Maybe you just have to believe in something really hard to find it. Even when it's right in front of you."
Mar 01, 2016 Misty rated it liked it
I enjoy road trip stories. There's something magical about not knowing where you're going but going because the magic is in the journey. From this book, I expected a light, fun read. I got that. However, I kept wishing for deeper characters and more plot development.
The initial hook of the story was about their not-so-close friend Penny who gets kidnapped or fakes her own kidnapping. But later, it does not become the focus of the story. In fact, Penny is pushed aside and you really only remember
Sep 09, 2015 Aween rated it liked it
This is my first time reading book from Julie. Was attracted to the book cover as it has a map on it (am attracted to anything got world map on it). Plus its about road trips and friend zone. OMG its so me! LOL. Dont Stop Now start off with a story about the voice mail from Penny and I think during my read till chapter three I was sort of pissed by what Penny's crisis. Felt like, 'can you not fake your kidnapping?'!! But i started to like this book when the road trip between Josh & Lil seems ...more
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JULIE HALPERN is the author of five young adult novels and one picture book for young readers. Maternity Leave is her first novel for adults. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustr ...more
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“I did it." Who leaves a message like that? Who is so paranoid that they have to be so cryptic? If this wasn't day one of my Summer of Nothing, I might be in a hurry to figure this out. but first: breakfast.” 5 likes
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