book review

Don’t Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman

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Poppy Bloom has a Life Plan: Ph.D. in psychology, research job at her university, and a life of domestic bliss with handsome boyfriend Gregory.

But then she finishes her Ph.D. with no job offer, no relationship, and nowhere to live. Being unemployed and living back at her mum’s house in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom was definitely not the plan.

Poppy is back to square one and miserable, so when she runs into childhood friend Leanne she jumps at the opportunity to catch up. The chance to run into Leanne’s gorgeous brother Tom is just a bonus…

Soon Poppy’s scored an internship at a radio station, a boyfriend, and a whole netball team of friends: things are on the up.

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career, and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?

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*Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for the copy!

It is not a secret that I am such a sucker for feel-good, chick lit kind of book. So the catch-phrase “A hilarious feel good read about finding your feet when life pulls the rug out from under you,” is enough to get my attention. Not to mention the cute cover. It is so good it exceeded my expectation. There is really nothing not to like in this book. It is not just hilarious, it also makes you feel so good and much, much more.

Poppy Bloom is ecstatic upon hearing the news that her thesis got the highest mark and even passed the record of their dean who holds the record at Banbridge University. So, basically, Poppy is now the new record holder. Not only that, she also got the highest grade and is elected as the valedictorian in Doctoral Psychology at the prestigious Banbridge. All her hard work for the past few years are getting paid off. Her dream is slowly coming true, she’ll officially be a doctor and soon will be having her dream job as a fellow at Banbridge. It wasn’t announced yet, but she and her mentor are positively sure that it will happen. It is not a secret anyway, it is a tradition that whoever gets the highest mark will get the fellowship. But alas, it did not happen. On their graduation day, Dr. Winters, their dean, announced that she will pick two new fellows and will ignore the old tradition. Unfortunately, Poppy wasn’t considered for the position. The fact that she surpassed Dr. Winters’ record did not help her case. Obviously, it only made the new dean get rid of Poppy due to jealousy. Add insult to injury is her boyfriend Gregory and her best friend Harriet were the chosen fellows. Humiliated and devastated with no backup plan for her career, she rushed home with her mom and stepfather without even finishing her own graduation.

Just when she thought things could not get any worst, she found out the next day that Gregory broke up with her thru text and had the audacity to immediately sleep and move on with her so-called best friend. And here she thought he’s the perfect boyfriend! Nearly 30 and now at her mother’s care again, Poppy feels lost. With encouragement from her mother and a scary threat from her friend, Poppy decided that wallowing will not do her any good. She bumped into her old friend from school Leann and find herself in the company of her teenage crush, Leanne’s twin brother, Tom Jones. She also becomes a member of the passionate netball team captained by Leanne where she meets strong women who are dealing with different problems in life yet united by their passion. Add to that, she finds herself a job as an intern at a radio station. Not her dream job but better than moping around in bed all day. Also, she is quite enjoying her new job. Suddenly, things are looking up for Poppy. But will it stay that way?

I totally love Don’t Stop Me Now and the positive message it’s trying to convey to its readers. It is truly inspiring and empowering. It helps that Poppy is such a lovable character that most people can relate to her. I’m sure all of us experienced rejection and hardship in life. This book hits so close to home that I can relate to Poppy so much. Being rejected, especially in your dream job can be really devastating and will plummet your self-confidence down. But with the support of the people who cares about you, you can pick yourself up and try again, never give up and be happy with whatever life is offering you even if it’s not the thing you expected to do.

Anyway, I feel so connected to Poppy that whatever she’s feeling, I’m feeling it, too. And her story gives out a lot of emotions. Disappointment, sadness, loss, elation, excitement, hope, happiness, love and a whole lot more. Poppy is not only smart and funny but she is also full of kindness, yet she knows how to fight for herself, too. The supporting characters are great, also. From Poppy’s mom and stepfather to the netball teammates and the radio people as well. They made the story more entertaining. Most chick lit books offer a lot of romance on their story. I like that this one has some romance to it but is not the main focus of the story, and yet it still works really well.

Don’t Stop Me Now reminds us that it’s okay if life didn’t go according to your plan. Just never give up and don’t be afraid to try again, try new things, as well. Plus, Don’t Stop Me Now gives off a lot of positive and powerful messages. It keeps me hooked from start to finish and made me laugh out loud a lot of times. Evidence that I enjoyed it. So much. It is a fun and light read that will leave a smile on your face after reading it. A great debut for Colleen Coleman, that’s for sure. So, if you’re looking for a good laugh, grab this one. You won’t be disappointed.   

RATING: 4.5/5

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(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

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