Monday, 29 August 2011

Review- Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern

Don't Stop Now
Julie Halpern
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 7th June 2011
My rating: 4.5/5

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 she decides to head out to Oregon, where Penny has mentioned an acquaintance. And who better to road-trip across the country with than Lil’s BFF, Josh. But here’s the thing: Lil loves Josh. And Josh doesn’t want to “ruin” their amazing friendship.
Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There’s something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?

I adored the snarky banter 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 of hilarious pit stops at places such as Mars' cheese castle, the enchanted world doll museum and the spam museum (who knew such a place could exist?) and buying "cheese makes it taste better" t-shirts along the way. Their relationship is that of BFF's, full of in jokes and snarky comments however, Lil has been in love with Josh for years, he  is flirty with everyone (including waitresses and shop assistants) everyone EXCEPT lil and yet, in the moment looks at her and it's all *le sigh* They have amazingly zingy chemistry but there are also awkward "almost" moments, lots of unrequited love and unspoken feelings.

Although the story focuses mostly on the road trip there is the slightly more serious storyline concerning Penny's pretty awful life and her cry for attention but it is very much in the background of the book.

Great characters, snarky humour, romance and a quirky road trip all rolled into one fantastic tale. Definetly well worth a read.


  1. This book seems to have a very interesting concept! Seems like a good read.

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  2. I've read a lot of good things about this book :) Definitely one that I want to read!

  3. I would definetly recommend it I really really enjoyed it.

  4. Loved this book! But I'm a sucker for road trip novels!

  5. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the recommendation! Great review!

    <3 Britta

  6. Snarky banter combined with a road trip, sounds like a recipe for success to me. :)

  7. i love the sound of this book, and the cover is just awesome! I must get hold of it! great review!


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