Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

I had high hopes for Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern. Y’all, it is a road trip book. Enough said. I love road trip books. Several of my favorite YA contemporary roads involve them. Needless to say, I was hoping to add Don’t Stop Now to that list. Unfortunately – it let me down in a big way.

The plot of Don’t Stop Now is totally weird. Lillian finds out that her friend Penny has faked her own kidnapping. She decides to track Penny down because the police and FBI are all over the situation. Lillian is freaked out. Can I just say – uhhh. The entire Penny debacle was kinda ridiculous. A plot line made up so that a road trip could come into play is what I got out of it. Lillian recruits her best friend Josh (and Josh’s car and credit card) to take her to Oregon – and Penny. Totally throwaway.

Anyway, putting all that aside. Lillian isn’t the smartest gal I’ve come across. For reasons other than heading out to find Penny herself instead of just telling the FBI where she is. She is wondering whether or not she and Josh should be more than friends. Well, I can take that one: NO.

To be frank (and slightly mean), Josh is a sorry excuse for a male MC. He is a total jerk. (Take my word for it. I’ve already given my copy of Don’t Stop Now away so I can include specific examples.) Lillian was funny, mostly intelligent (other than in her choice of friends) and incredibly nice. Girl: you can do better. I promise.

So, I don’t really much to say about this one other than the negative. The plot and characters completely let me down. Even if you’re normally a fan of road trip books – I don’t recommend Don’t Stop Now. If you have read and enjoyed it – make sure and let me know what I missed! I love talking to people with different opinions.

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  • Ashley B January 6, 2012, 12:23 am

    You know, I don’t know that I’ve heard much positive about this book… At first, I wanted to read it, b/c it’s a road trip book!! But then, the reviews started showing up and I was like… Uhhh… And now, I’m officially like, No. So, thanks :)
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  • pepsivanilla January 6, 2012, 12:23 am

    Well that stinks. I love roadtrip books and just finished reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. It’s too bad that this one was such a let down! I would probably have issues with the same things you did. Thanks for the honest review!
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  • Wendy Darling January 6, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Just stopping by to give you a hug. The reaction to your review was completely unprofessional and out of proportion to your review. Apparently there are those who still learn NOTHING from the events of the past few days.

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  • Hannah @ Paperback Treasures January 6, 2012, 3:33 pm

    Please don’t be discouraged by the author’s reaction. You did nothing wrong; how the author responded is completely unprofessional. *virtual hug*
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  • Cory January 6, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Don’t let Halpern get to you. I thought this review was very fair and that she was completely out of line.
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  • Misty January 6, 2012, 3:48 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!! Don’t let the haters get you down, my friend. You are awesomesauce.

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  • Rywn January 6, 2012, 3:56 pm

    All this nasty author has done has found me another wonderful blogger to follow.

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  • Ems January 6, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Yep, all the nasty author backlash has just found me a new blogger/Tweeter to follow…so thank you for this!

    As an aside, I went back and read some of your other reviews as well. I like your style and the way you present the books. I’ve added several to my TBR list!

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  • ashelynn hetland January 6, 2012, 4:09 pm

    I don’t know what Halpern’s problem is because this review isn’t personal at all. You just didn’t like the book. Any other professional author would have brushed it off. Man, YA authors are horrible this week. They need to suck it up and rant to people in their life, not the Internet. x(

    I’m sorry you had to deal with her backlash.
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  • Vickie Ramage January 6, 2012, 4:11 pm

    I’m on your side here! There’s been loads of books that I’ve read and I just don’t understand how they even got published. I’ll never buy any books of hers! Look on the bright side, it probably gained you a ton of page views!

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  • Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader January 6, 2012, 5:18 pm

    I found your blog through Halpern’s ranty post, and I’m sticking around :) i think you review was perfectly fine and I agree with your views on this particular book. Keep reviewing. Don’t let her get you down.

    Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader

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  • Lainy January 6, 2012, 5:20 pm

    As a reviewer your doing what your meant to by being honest, think you have found a whole load of new reviewer friends after this. Positive from every negative.

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  • Julie@my5monkeys January 6, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Great review of a book I don’t think I am ever going to read. Sending a virtual hugs .
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  • Hungry Bibliophile January 6, 2012, 5:34 pm

    I found your blog through that unbelievable rant by this author. It has since been removed probably because she most likely alienated the majority of her readers. So sorry that happened to you. I’m not sure what the deal is lately with everything going on with book reviewers and authors.

    Recently, an author I really liked posted a comment that said something akin to the fact the he is convinced that book reviewers can’t write which is why they review books. Totally cruddy and patently untrue. I review books for readers, not authors. I’m sure that is true for the majority of book reviewers out there.

    I just can’t understand what it was that caused her to personally attack you like that. It was completely unprofessional and I know that I will never read her books or recommend her to anyone I know.

    I also kinda think it’s cool that out of all that drama you’re going to have quite a few new blog followers, myself included!

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  • Lainy January 6, 2012, 5:38 pm

    My post got lost, I think you have to be honest when reviewing which is what you did. The post has since been removed so hopefully an apology won’t be far behind.

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  • Tori January 6, 2012, 6:01 pm

    (((hugs))) Keep being honest in your reviews about the book s you read. You wrote what you didn’t like and why. This is your prerogative and no one can take that away from you. The only “mean” one her is the author who threw a childish temper tantrum because you didn’t like her book

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  • Rebecca January 6, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Heard about your review because of that blog post. I think your review was completely fair and you did nothing wrong!
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  • Jackie January 6, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Don’t let that beyotch get you down Allison! The only thing she accomplished was to make herself look like an ass and make you more popular. Suck on those nuts Halpern! LOL

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  • Bridget Bowers January 6, 2012, 6:43 pm

    I came into this little drama late. Don’t ask me where I have been…I don’t know!

    But as an author myself, I have to say that I thought you did a very fair job of reviewing the book and limited your criticism to the aspects of the book and plot.

    Not everyone is ever going to like everything we write. You as readers aren’t supposed to like everything you read. This seems to be a case of an author taking a review of her work as a review of herself.

    I hope that you don’t let one bad apple spoil the bunch. Keep sharing what you think of the books you read. Most authors appreciate a review and I’m sure a lot of readers do as well.
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  • Sandy January 6, 2012, 6:46 pm

    I’ve been friends with you on Goodreads for awhile, and I’ve always appreciated your honest, fair reviews. The author’s reaction is completely uncalled for–your review is very non-ranting and fair. So sorry, and keep the honest reviews coming!

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  • Jackie (Literary Escapism) January 6, 2012, 6:49 pm

    As a fellow blogger, I just want to say THANK YOU for being honest. There’s a lot of sites who won’t post negative reviews for fear of exactly what has happened and I applaud you for not only doing it, but for not bending to some authors completely unprofessional and childish behavior.
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  • Jennifer Messerschmidt January 6, 2012, 7:28 pm

    I like this review. It points out the things you didn’t like but I didn’t think is was overly harsh. I have several similar reviews on my blog. I find it extremely important to stay honest in reviews otherwise what would even be the point of ever writing one? I honestly still probably would have read it even after this review if I had been interested in the book in the first place. But for the author to attack you is just wrong and I hope you definitely don’t let it stop you from being an honest reviewer. And hey I’m also now a new follower of yours :-)
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  • Stephanie January 6, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Don’t let the author get to you. There was nothing wrong with your review.

    *virtual hugs*
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  • Beth January 7, 2012, 6:09 pm

    I received an arc of this when it came out. I did not review it, because there was no way I could put a positive spin on it. I agree with your review. I would also add that there were some grammatical problems and A LOT of awkward phrasing. Since I read an ARC the grammatical errors may have been fixed, but I know that the awkward phrasing was not. I don’t think your review was overly harsh. It was really unprofessional of the author to lash out at you like this, and I hope you’ll continue to post honest reviews. Honest reviews save people $.

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  • Book Chic January 7, 2012, 8:08 pm

    I guess I must be the only one here who liked this book, lol. I loved the banter between Josh and Lillian. As for the fake kidnapping, that actually happened to the author so it wasn’t just made up to get the plot/road trip going. Here’s my review if you want to read it- http://bookchicclub.blogspot.com/2011/06/dont-stop-now-by-julie-halpern.html Julie is one of my favorite authors; her books are weird and awesome!
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  • Cecelia January 7, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Book Chic and I are proof that every book out there has its perfect audience – I (we) loved Don’t Stop Now! At the same time, I really appreciate that you pointed out what you didn’t like about the book and that you felt comfortable saying it in a public review.

    Just remember that your blogging friends love you. And the author… well… yeah. Stay strong!
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  • Donna Brown January 10, 2012, 8:31 pm

    Hi – discovered your post via another post about your post and the Halpern rant (if that makes sense?!).

    Just wanted to say that a review is an opinion. You gave yours and explained why. You can’t say any fairer than that.

    Keep up with your blog – I’ll be sticking around to follow you :)
    Donna
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  • SM Johnson January 14, 2012, 2:08 pm

    I thought your review of Don’t Stop Now was more than fair. Just wanted to give you comment of support.
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  • Martina January 14, 2012, 2:13 pm

    I don’t understand. This isn’t even a nasty review. JH, first off, sounds incredibly self-important. Who starts their day by Googling themselves? *barf* Secondly, if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Did she honestly think all reviews would be favourable? Huge superiority complex, if you ask me.

    Good on you for writing a truthful review. She should be thanking you for taking the time out of your life to read it.
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  • LLM - ABookGeek January 16, 2012, 10:56 am

    Hi,
    Just found out about all the drama. I’m not sure what the author found so objectionable about your review. I’ve found your reviews to be very fair. Just wanted to let you know that I think you do a great job.

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  • Jenny January 17, 2012, 8:51 am

    Well. One less author whose books I want to read.

    I continue to trust your reviews, because I know that you’ll give your readers your honest opinions and that you will provide reasons for those opinions.
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  • katybrandes February 20, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Thanks (honestly) for the perspective from a reader’s point-of-view. A writer’s skin has to become thick, like it or not.
    Sorry for all the backlash, but it has sure generated a lot of blog traffic, eh?

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  • Dhdkdhs April 29, 2012, 2:15 pm

    i don’t even understand what halpern was so pissed off about! you didn’t like her book, big deal. how incredibly unprofessional of her.

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