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Don't Stop Me Now

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,818 ratings  ·  221 reviews
A hilarious feel good read about finding your feet when life pulls the rug out from under you.

Poppy Bloom has a Life Plan: PhD in psychology, research job at her university, and a life of domestic bliss with handsome boyfriend Gregory.

But then she finishes her PhD with no job offer, no relationship, and nowhere to live. Being unemployed and living back at her mum’s hou
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2017 by Bookouture
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Dash fan
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Don't stop me now is a great feel good book. I absolutely loved it!

Colleen's writing style was very empowering. She sent a strong message through her main character Poppy, to never give up, even when life throws you a curveball dust yourself off and try again!

I laughed so much whilst reading this book, there was moments where I felt so sorry for Poppy but she always had a knack of recovering from tricky situations.

The book starts when Poppy is elected as doctoral valedictorian of the psychology
Meggy - Chocolate'n'Waffles
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

If you're anything like me, as soon as you read the title of this book, a familiar song began to invade your head, with its upbeat rhythm no one can resist. The mere sight of this book made me happy, with its inspiring title and joyful colors. I think it's the first time a book has such an effect on my mood before I even opened it!

Poppy has always had a plan. Ten years of study later, she's about to open the door to the life she has been dreaming of, with her best friend and her boyfriend by he

Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
All of my reviews can be found on

What a delightful little surprise this book was! I shouldn’t be shocked, Bookouture have never disappointed me before, but when I say I was surprised I mean that this book had an altogether different vibe and overall message than I was expecting, in a very positive and lovely way!

Poppy was such an endearing character, she’s highly intelligent, a total type A personality, and really relatable. Even though she’s extremely smart, she’s not one of
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher, Bookouture for the ebook ARC of Don’t Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman.

Poppy Bloom is 29 years old and has been in school all of her life. She has a PhD in psychology and was hoping to get a fellowship at Banbridge University. And then it all comes crashing down.
She loses her boyfriend, Gregory, and has to move back home to her vampire themed childhood bedroom. She is unemployed and has to sign on the job centre.
Then things begin to look upwards, running into he
Susan Hampson
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
What a terrific book. Don't think for one minute that this is simply a rom com because oh my this is so much more.  Life isn't always fair, well to be honest it is the people in your life that complicate it really. That is the element that you just can not control no matter how  much you want something or even deserve it.
Poppy Bloom had mapped her life out, she excelled at University achieving the highest score ever,  so the employment position on offer there should have been hers, but when the
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Bookouture can really do no wrong for me. I have yet to pick up any type of book from them that I didn't just love! And this book is no exception. Touted as a rom-com, it feels more like a coming of age contemporary novel. Filled with laugh out loud moments, it touches on what happens when your best laid plans fall apart unexpectedly and you're pushed completely out of your comfort zone.

Poppy has spent the majority of her life in school, prepping herself for a future with her boyfriend, Gregory,
Karen Whittard
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Bookoutre and Colleen Coleman for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

With being in an incredible amount of pain at the moment and finding solace in reading, books that are light hearted, fun, easy to read and with some humour in it. This book ticks all th
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Shell Baker
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don’t stop me now is Colleen Coleman debut novel and wow what a truly inspiring and uplifting refreshing story this is!

In this story we meet Poppy Bloom who I totally loved and can relate to. After to finishing her PhD she hoped to walk straight into a job at her university. But finds herself unemployed, dumped by her boyfriend and living back at her mom’s. So has the saying goes onwards and upwards. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, an
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun, fast read, though the ending was a bit over the top.
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and entertaining, Don't Stop Me Now shows that even if you life isn't really going according to your plan that has been set in stone for you, that fate really knows what its doing, in giving you a push in another direction.

Take Poppy Bloom for example, she has been working towards a fellowship at Banbridge for the last 10 years of the life. She now has her PHD when the university decides it will take a different tact this year. Not only throwing Poppy's life into turmoil, but also des
George (Fueltheblog)
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: electronic-arc
When I picked this book on my Kindle (app) as my next book to read, I expected a nice and easy chick lit book where a girl will go through a hard time, meet a boy, fall in Love and it all turns out to be ok.

BOY was I wrong.

This book is so much more than that. It has made me evaluate myself and inspired me to reach my full potential. Very empowering stuff.


The story follows Poppy Bloom. Her life is on track, she's about to get her PHD in psychology and aiming for a life she has always dreamed
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.

A fun, fast-paced, well written novel.

Meet Poppy. She's just graduated with honours, completed her PhD at the ripe young age of 29, and is ready to jump right into academia only to learn (publically, at graduation no-less, in front of EVERYONE) that she isn't being granted the Fellowship.

In complete shock, Poppy returns to her mother's home with her tail between her legs ready to sulk in despair... when things start to change.

This is a stor
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Poppy Bloom has studied for close to ten years to get her PHD but when her time at Bambridge ends without the fellowship she has been counting on she’s back to square one living with her mum and stepdad, jobless and single.

Despite this she calls up a radio station one day in order to get the daily clue and ends up with a job opportunity that goes so well within a week she’s got her own program, has a boyfriend and has moved into her own flat. But when the choice between a netball tournament and
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
So, academic life... this is not how it works, this is not like any of this works! I should know, I have a PhD myself and work in research. Any resemblance of the events of this book with academic reality is obviously only a coincidence.
Poppy Bloom is finishing her PhD in Psychology with high grades (and apparently there was a whole bunch of students graduating at the same time, and they all took the same classes and tests, because who needs to defend a thesis before a jury) and is apparently a
Renita D'Silva
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this wonderful, warm, feel good tale. The writing is glorious and addictive and the characters rise off the page and become part of you. Beautiful story, great book. So thrilled to have discovered this author. Cannot wait for more from her. Highly recommended.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Colleen Coleman for this opportunity!

Don’t Stop Me Now is an absolute feel-good book, and I loved it for that reason! Poppy is a really strong main character, not giving up even when everything and everyone seems to be against her. She just keeps pushing, and eventually has everything under control. And when things go bad again, she still doesn’t give up, she pushes on and event
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story follows Poppy, who has been studying her whole life, at 29 she has PhD in psychology and is ready to start working at the university, but instead of getting the job, her life changes completely in a negative way. She didn’t only lose the future job, but also a boyfriend and a friend. Poppy doesn’t have any other choice than to go back at her parent’s home. At first it looks like a really bad situation to be in, but slowly things are going upwards again. Poppy meets her old friend and h ...more
Poppy has a plan: finish up her PhD in psychology, and take her rightful place at the university. Working long and hard, she’s achieved the best scores ever for her major, even outdoing the Dean. And, with her boyfriend being supportive and in her corner, and everything starting to fall into place after all the hard work and dreams. But, all of Poppy’s plans went horribly wrong – with one disaster after another: the position at the university didn’t come to her – but to her boyfriend, who not so ...more
Marivi Sanz
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars because it's a nice story of personal development and survival, and it's well written. I liked the main character and I've cried over the things that happen to her, the good and the bad.

Having said that, I'm still trying to find the funny part of the book. I haven't laughed (least of all out loud) at the series of misfortunes she's endured since the start. It's been interesting to see her getting up after every fall, and I was glad that things worked out for her in
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poppy bloom has studied for years to follow her dream career, she achieves the highest grades and comes top of her year thinking she will be handed her dream job things take a unexpected turn when she doesnt get it.

Poppy has to return home to live with her mum and step dad and has to start her search for a job which she doesnt realise is so difficult to get as she has really great qualifications.

Poppy bumps into an old best friend she hasnt seen in over 10 years and starts to hang out with her
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book!
We meet the female protagonist on the day of her graduation (phd in psychology). She's an anal, socially awkward, super bright person, who has achieved every academic goal she's made. She's the top graduating student of her year and has received the highest marks of a woman under thirty in the history of the uni. She's also got a hunky boyfriend and is looking forward to moving in with him. Being selected to join the staff at her uni is her only remaining seems in th
Kelly (purplebookstand)
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't Stop Me Now

I absolutely LOVED this book!! It was a great, easy read that I genuinely couldn't put down. I was there with Poppy, going through all the trials and tribulations that she experienced after being cocooned in a decade of academia!

I loved Coleman's writing and the messages she sent through this. I was chuckling throughout the book, and there are parts where I was literally laughing out loud! It's so witty and fun, truly one of the best books I've ever read in this genre, with a me
Maria DeBlassie
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really fun romantic comedy that hits all the best parts of the genre. I especially loved the parts that poked fun at old school academia and showed how the heroine could use her degree in a more practical way that helps everyday people. This is the book you read when you want to feel light and playful.
Amanda Meggs
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, chic-lit
Very uplifting and cheerful. Our protagonist is a 29/30 year old woman who has thus far studied at university to achieve her Doctorate. Having achieved that she realises she hasn't achieved any other important things in her life and sets out to do just that. ...more
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a feel-good book and I really enjoyed it. The main characters were likeable and I liked watching Poppy grow into a strong, confident, independent woman while remaining kind and true to herself. A lovely story when I really needed to read something uplifting.
Gem ~ Bee
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A 5 star fabulous funny read! This book really pulled me from my mid-March mojo-zapped mehness and had me trapped in its friendly hug from the first page.

You are initially introduced to bookish, straight-laced Poppy; after years of hard work she is about to graduate from her PhD and her foolproof future is set, except like all foolproof futures it is absolutely not foolproof. Revelations, twists, risks, cringe-moments and laughs galore fill the pages with Poppy's transcendence from Riches to Ra
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The title of Colleen Coleman's book intrigued me beyond belief as, despite the fact we know those four words from a well-known song, it made me curious to see what those words would mean in the storyline itself.

Seeing as I was in a really dark place before I began reading 'Don't Stop Me Now', I was really hopeful that the book would give me the escape I so desperately craved. As soon as I had finished the first chapter
Paula White
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

A good chicklit book with humour - showing you can come back from anything! Loved Poppy and all the side characters. A very British book with British humour!

I was provided with an ARC by NetGalley for an honest review.
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Colleen Coleman is an Irish- Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award which launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words ...more

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