Don't Stop Now

Don t Stop Now 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 o

  • Title: Don't Stop Now
  • Author: Julie Halpern
  • ISBN: 9780312643461
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 shOn 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

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    1 thought on “Don't Stop Now”

    1. I guess all the calm discussions advocating respectful author-reader relations were for nothing, eh?

    2. So I typed out a whole review but then went down andwell, 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 is emphasiz [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 chemistry. [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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.)

    7. 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 h [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 friend [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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.

    12. 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 characte [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Posted on mykeepershelf/201My rating 4.5 out of 5I 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 sp [...]

    16. Will not be reading.What a great way to win our hearts. And over this apparently "nasty" review.

    17. 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 :(

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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. What [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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. T [...]

    25. 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. Yup.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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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' subjectThis 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 th [...]

    28. 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!!

    29. 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.

    30. 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.

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