Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern

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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?


About Julie Halpern

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JULIE HALPERN is the author of the acclaimed teen novels, Get Well Soon, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, and Don’t Stop Now. She lives with her husband, the illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their daughter outside of Chicago. You can visit Julie online at
Published June 7, 2011 by Feiwel & Friends. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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A road trip from Chicago to Portland, Ore., in a Chevy Eurosport with Dad’s credit card for expenses makes for a mildly enjoyable summer read.

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Lil puts Penny's ramblings together and figures out where she went but wants to abide by Penny's request that Penny's parents not find out where Penny went.

Jun 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Don't Stop Now

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