Don’t Stop Now – Julie Halpern

27 Jul

Don’t Stop Now
By Julie Halpern
Available Now


“I did it.”

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 Penny told. 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 may be hiding. 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 last Summer of Nothing to fill.  Together, they share a thirst for all things weird the United States has to offer. But there’s something else Lil needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?

This Blonde’s Review:

Don’t Stop Now is a cute story about a girl on a mission. Lillian made friends with a girl named Penny, even though Penny annoys Lil half the time. Yet Lil doesn’t want to leave Penny on her own. When Lil finds out that Penny has faked her own kidnapping Lil feels like it’s part of her mission to make Penny deal with it before Lil gets in trouble with the police or FBI for not coming clean.

Lillian has always wanted to more than friends with Josh. A road trip to find Penny in Portland seems like the perfect time to figure it out without the distractions of other people. Yet at each hotel stop nothing happens. He doesn’t try anything or act like touching her is anything more than it’s always been. Until she sees a sign and kisses him. And he gives her the standard “let’s not ruin a great thing” speech. And she’s not happy about it.

Since Penny said she was going to see a guy she knew in Portland that is where Lillian and Josh were pointed. When they get to Portland they start their real search for Penny.

I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll stop there. I did enjoy this story, but I also felt it could have been better. I felt that there were some things left unclear and I would have liked for there to have been more about what happened with Penny about Gavin’s treatment of her and between Josh and Lil.


This would make a great vacation story if it sounds interesting to you. I read it on a short trip out of state. It was interesting enough to make me want to keep reading it, but not so gripping that I didn’t want to get out and enjoy my vacation.

If you enjoy YA stories about best friends trying to become more then you should give this story a try, just don’t expect to have everything neatly wrapped up at the end.


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