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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Don't Stop Now

High School Fiction

G/A Halpern, Julie. Don’t Stop Now: Friend or Boyfriend? Feiwel and Friends, 2011. 232p. 978-0-312-64346-1. 16.99.

When Lillian’s friend Penny disappears, Lillian knows that she has faked her own kidnapping in order to escape her unhappy life and abusive boyfriend. Since Lillian can’t tell anyone where Penny is, she takes off on a road trip with her best friend (and crush), Josh to Portland, Oregon to find Penny herself. Along the way they stop at many real roadside attractions. By the time they make it to Portland, the trip has turned into a real learning experience for both of them. The road trip itself was fun to read about, but what really stood out was how Halpern managed to realistically portray the emotions of teenage girls on the brink of adulthood. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve

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