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Don't Stop Now

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  738 ratings  ·  157 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
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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?
Brooke
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...more
~Tina~
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...more
Noelle
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
Katy
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
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
Natasa
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...more
Nancy
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...more
Ricki
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...more
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.
Hayden Casey
Jan 06, 2012 Hayden Casey marked it as no-plz
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.)
Lesley
Posted on http://mykeepershelf.blogspot.com/201...

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...more
Danya
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.

Characters:

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...more
Cecelia
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
♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
Will not be reading.

What a great way to win our hearts. And over this apparently "nasty" review.
Lauren
Jul 14, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Laura Graves
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...more
Sarah Rosenberger
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...more
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...more
Britta
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...more
Melissa
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...more
Louisa
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
Pink
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...more
Kelly
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...more
Riki
Lillian is ready to start her last free summer before going away to college when she gets a strange voice mail message from her sort-of-friend Penny. Penny has faked her own kidnapping, and Lil is the only person in the world who knows the truth. Lil decides that in order to release herself from all liability, she must go in search of Penny and get her to turn herself in. Lil’s intentions are not altogether altruistic, however, as she sees the road trip as the ultimate chance to be alone with he...more
Mickie
Lil makes me angry. You don't browbeat your best friend (whom you have had a crush on for four years) into sleeping with you eventhough he admits that his is insecure and feels you will immediately leave him and THEN LEAVE HIM. gawd. lame.
I am really disappointed in this book. It touches on abuse with oblique hints and it NEVER DEALS with it. So what was the point, shock value?
you are better than this JULIE!!
Vivian
Just extremely, extremely unrealistic- oh yeah, we'll take a road trip and dodge the FBI! No big deal! My friend just faked her own kidnapping but I'm muuuuch more worried about whether or not this guy likes me, so I'll just turn off my phone and not worry about that for now.
It was just so completely unrealistic that it was shallow and annoying.
Caroline
This received a rating of 3.5 stars on my blog.

I ended up having to put a book aside to finish at a later date and needed something to fill in the gap I had created. I felt myself starting to slide into reading slump territory so I had to find something that would be a quick, fun, easy read. Julie Halpern never fails to make me laugh, so I figured that I might as well pick up one of her books that I haven’t read yet. And it was perfect.

I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to feel about Don’t Stop...more
narajaponesa
Some of the choices Halpern made in terms of the core relationship were well done, but for the most part, I'm sorry to say, it's a somewhat forgettable book. As a new transplant to PDX, though, I enjoyed the descriptions of the city.
Kristin
Very quick read. The writing was clever and fun, the characters were so so so real. I'll definitely read more by this author.
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Julie Halpern is the author of Get Well Soon, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder and Don't Stop Now, as well as the picture book Toby and the Snowflakes. In addition to writing, Julie is a middle-school librarian. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, lived in Australia for six months, and created a couple of zines before she started writing books, and realized she was and always has b...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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