Release Date: 22nd March 2017.
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I was literally just sat here about to start this review, thinking about all the things I want to get done this morning and how I know I can do it, if I just Don't Stop Now, i'm not even joking, those were my exact thoughts. Great segue, don't you think?! :)I fell in love with this book, like actually head over heels in love with it. This being Colleen Coleman's debut book, it was a new voice I was listening to and I was absolutely blown away by it.
Don't Stop Me Now, is a story about Poppy Bloom. She has spent the last ten years immersed in her education. Her future, her plans, her life revolve around her PhD and getting a job at her University. It's the life she knows and loves and she never wants to leave. So what is Poppy to do when her future, her plans and her life don't turn out the way she had hoped? Can she pick herself up? Can she find something else she loves? Can she prove to herself that she's more than capable of making changes but still do what she's always wanted to do? Well, she's about to find out.
Firstly, I felt like Colleen Coleman was writing this book for me. You know when a book just captivates you because you're turning the pages and nodding your head simultaneously, as every word sinks in and speaks to you? With Poppy being a psychologist, the book was full of so much advice, inspiration and encouraging words, that I couldn't help but feel moved. When Poppy gave advice, I listened and when Poppy learnt something new about life or herself, I felt empowered. It was like every scene, every pivotal moment of the story, were moments where I could stand up alongside Poppy and shout 'Eureka! We get it!'
Poppy herself was lovely. I liked how she valued her education and how at twenty nine, she was thrown into the big bad world again and had to decide whether it was going to eat her up and spit her out or whether she was going to grab it with both hands and show it what she was capable of. She inspired me because every situation she faced, she didn't pity herself or allow it to consume her for too long. She looked at it, accepted it and then challenged it head on. I got so invested in what she was going to do that I was on the edge of my seat, hoping everything would work out for her. There were some moments that I was actually close to tears because of the emotion behind her getting to where she wanted to be and even just in the moments where she realized where she wanted to be. There were quite a few up and down moments but I loved how she came up with plans to tackle them. Like everyone, she did get freaked out and scared but then she did what she had to do.
There were a couple of times when I wanted to shake Poppy and be like "No Poppy, this is not want you want, don't trust your former best friend and sink to her level." and "Poppy you're twenty nine, don't try and get your Mum back by telling her you are moving out, just do your laundry." but overall I really liked and connected with her. Besides, the latter point, Poppy did listen to her Mum, which I loved. They had a very sweet relationship, which helped me relate to Poppy more. She loved her Mum and even when she could have been moody teenager, she did what her Mum told her to do, which was a big plus for me.
As well as Poppy, we are treated to a cast of colourful, lovely and warm characters, from Poppy's high school best friend, Leanne and her gorgeous twin brother Tom, to Poppy's step dad Frank and her netball team. There is something to be taken from each of them.
If you are looking for a funny, emotional, inspirational and powerful read, then I urge you to pick up a copy of 'Don't Stop Me Now.' It's a brilliant debut by Colleen Coleman.