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Don't Stop Now Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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About the Author
Julie Halpern is the author of Get Well Soon and Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, 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 been a writer. She is married to the artist Matthew Cordell, and they live outside Chicago with their daughter and gloriously large Siamese cat, Tobin.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love this author's writing style. She is definitely one of my favorites. "Into The Wild Nerd Yonder" is quite possibly my favorite book of all time. That being said, this book didn't quite compare to her other two. Yes, her writing definitely saved the book. It was easy and fun to read. Unfortunately, the story seemed all too familiar. The main character is in love with her best friend (read about 5 other books about this). Her kind-of friend fakes her own kidnapping (just read another, much more powerful book about this). Granted, that is more of a random side story. And of course the cross-country car trip (read at least 2 books about this as well!) Oh, and it is pretty obvious that Penny's boyfriend abuses her (also read at least 2 other, much more powerful books on this subject), but that is a side story as well.
I do have to say the ending wasn't quite what I expected, and that always makes me happy. If only this book weren't about so many powerful subjects that aren't addressed at all and didn't have so many cliches in it, plus one or two very unlikely coincidences. And random note, my cell phone would have been dead long before hers, even with only sending a few texts and making a couple phone calls.
I ate up Lil and Josh's relationship with a spoon because once upon a time I was Lil. I got it. All those times Josh acted flirty without even realizing it. The way your heart starts to pound with every little graze. Always knowing that they want to be with you even if it may come off as strictly platonic. It couldn't have been more perfect. And Josh's personality was so freaking adorkable! You could see why Lillian had a thing for him, but mainly, and what Julie did so well was you saw exactly why these two were best friends.
To add on the layers that are already in this story, you have Penny. She's the real reason why Lillian and Josh take off on this quest of finding her. You're given journal entries from Penny so I felt like I got to know her very well even when she was present for the novel. It does touch on some dark issues that Penny has been facing with her boyfriend (who is a straight-up douche). I think it was handled nicely and still kept the book flowing without making it seems like things had shifted so much when Penny was introduced.
Now for the road trip part: *sings* awesome! There is something so freeing and wonderful about driving for me so I loved all the interactions between them as they hit hte raod not to mention the crazy stops they made. I felt like I was in the car, windows rolled down, and listening to Elvis with them.Read more ›
Also, after every other chapter there are diary entries written by Penny (Lil's friend who faked her own kidnapping and the reason of the unexpected road trip) so you also have a subplot of sorts from Penny's eyes and what's going on with her, but you also get to see Josh and Lil from a different perspective. That really added to the story.
And then there's the actual trip. I have to admit I have not read many road trip books. Nor have I been in a road trip myself. With that said, I feel I have. Lil's descriptions of the places and Julie Halpern's pictures on her website have created a perfect mental image. They went to The House on the Rock, Mars Cheese Castle, Wall Drug and so many awesome places. I kind of need more road trip books now!
It was just such a cool book. THE perfect summer read. This is how contemporary fiction should be done. I highly, highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After my senior year I took the “road trip” that Lil & Josh took so this was fun to read. (Although my trip was with family and lasted full 7 weeks). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathy Habel
I LOVE THIS BOOK. IT HAS BOTH ROAD TRIPS AND ROMANCE. THE TWO MOST FUNNEST THINGS TO READ. NOW I WANNA GO TO THE PLACES LILLIAN AND JOSH WENT TO!Published on June 5, 2013 by Juju
After reading The Story Siren's review, I was very excited to get my hands on this book.
The verdict? Disappointment. Read more
I really like road trip books. It seems that something unexpected and quirky always happens.
Lil and Josh have been best friends for the last four years. Read more
Lillian tried to help Penny, but she didn't think she'd actually fake her own kidnapping. When she does, Lil has to deal with all sorts of people trying to find... Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by TeensReadToo
My Thoughts: I had heard such fabulous things about Don't Stop Now! Friends had recommended it, I had read reviews on goodreads, so I was more than ready to dive in once I got a... Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by princess bookie
I'm still giggling, and slightly swooning over Don't Stop Now. For those of you who are looking for that quintessential summer read, something light, fun and fantastic, pick this... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Jessica N.
3.5 stars, reviewed for MM's by Cynthia:
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... Read more