Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern


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?

Don't Stop Now is a fun story that had me hooked from page one. I loved the randomness of this book. Lil and Josh go on a road trip across the country stopping at some of the quirkiest places along the way. The road trip also gives Lil the chance to see if her and Josh will be anything more than best friends. Lil and Josh are some awesome people that I would love to be friends with. I loved both of their personalities.The whole book just made me smile and even laugh out loud at times.

As I finished reading Don't Stop Now, I had the urge to go on a road trip of my own. I have even been to many of the places that Josh and Lil go to on their road trip, but I did not have as much fun as they did. 

Julie Halpern definitely has a way with words. Her characters were absolutely amazing. I loved their humor and quirkiness. If you want to read a fun book that will give you a good laugh, then this is it! Don't Stop Now is a perfect summer read.

Rating: 4/5

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