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Coleman’s novel was such a joy to read and the characters were life-like. Poppy Bloom, the protagonist, had one dream in mind: to secure the wonderful fellowship and live an idyllic life at Banbridge University. However, Poppy never gets to fulfil this wish and has no choice but to step out into the real world, 29 and jobless. I loved that Coleman showed many sides to Poppy. She was confident, anxious, persistent, frightened and brave. Poppy’s confidence grew from page to page, and I think she represents women with a fighting spirit. Of course, encouragement from her family (especially her no-nonsense mum) and brilliant netball team helped. But deep down, even when Poppy felt defeated, she managed to move forward at her own pace.Mixed with humorous and heart-felt moments, Don’t Stop Me Now doesn’t primarily focus on the fairy-tale moments of life. Sometimes, the PhD graduate becomes the jobless and lost adult living at home; sometimes, familial relationships breakdown and other times, best friends and significant others are the people who really don’t love you. This Chick-Lit novel doesn’t shy away from the fact that life can hurt. But life’s hiccups shouldn’t paralyse us, because we can always rise above situations that seem insurmountable. I think this is a great sentiment; anyone in a comparable situation to Poppy and the other characters will come away feeling hopeful and inspired. I certainly did!Of course, there’s some romance in the story, but it’s not the focal point. DSMN balances heart-warming friendships with family moments. You might need a tissue if you’re prone to shedding tears! I think Poppy’s ex-boyfriend should have made another appearance. I wanted to see how he would react to Poppy’s new career. Nonetheless, in hindsight, he’s lucky that Coleman mentioned him again in the novel.Overall, this novel put a smile on my face and I loved it! Coleman writes with such warmth and humour. This fictional world really is inspiring and maybe Poppy was a lucky character, but who knows: when we live fearlessly anything can happen.Taking baby steps and literally working your way up is at the heart of DSMN. I can’t wait to read more novels by Coleman.If you like authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Mhairi McFarlane, or Rosie Dean, definitely give this feel-good novel a read.
Having read, devoured, and loved Colleen Coleman’s debut novel, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, I really had no idea how the author was going to top that book going forward. But folks, she did and by golly did she do it well!!!The thing I love about Colleen Coleman’s novels, is how she takes real life, relatable situations and turns them into storylines that will either make you nodding in agreement, or reaching for a second box of Kleenex. Some of you might be thinking ‘why would I cry at a situation I have already endured once or twice before?’ and, whilst that is a pretty valid question, my comeback to that would be ‘well, why wouldn’t you?’. Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in situations we can’t seem to find our way out from, and then Colleen Coleman comes along with characters just like us, who go through situations just like us, allowing us to see a different way of coming out of that dark situation unscathed.Evelyn’s life hasn’t exactly gone to plan and, instead of staying to shut down the gossips, she flees the nest to try to make a clean break. What Evelyn didn’t account for however, was meeting a musician who was more likely to tinkle her ivories (or ovaries) by allowing her to see her life as sweet, sweet music instead of what it was; a failed marriage.Have you ever watched or read ‘Ps. I Love You’ by Cecelia Ahern? If you have, part of this storyline might remind you of the musician character from the movie. Well, unless it’s just me, obviously! As soon as ‘Danny’ was introduced into the storyline, I couldn’t help but think of the musician in the film played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. If you have read this book, please put me out of my misery and say you thought the same!Anyway, back to this book (sorry!).I couldn’t help but let the tears fall out of my eyes whilst I was reading ‘I’m Still Standing’. There was something incredibly magical about each individual character within the book, the ever so heart-warming storyline which made me think about my own life, and a question which made me open my eyes; stay safe or reach for the stars? I just love how the author manages to incorporate such meaningful and eye-opening messages into each of her storylines, making me think outside the box instead of going down the same old route.‘I’m Still Standing’ is everything I hoped for, and more. I was quite unsure as to how Colleen Coleman was going to beat her previous novel as it gave me all the feels, but she did. Coleman has managed to raise the bar even higher with this heart-warming and extremely touching novel which will make you look at life in a completely different way. I really have no idea how the author does it, but she manages to make me laugh and cry, whilst also making me feel as though I can conquer the world in my sleep, all at the same time. Not only does it require a talented author to be able to do that, it also requires an author with a heart of gold. Colleen Coleman ticks both boxes and more.‘I’m Still Standing’ is an absolutely phenomenal read. From start to finish I was glued to Evelyn’s story and the chances she could take. I wanted her to be brave and reach for the stars. I wanted her to live her life for herself, and not for anybody else. Watching the character get to that point, however, made me crumble in the most beautiful way.This book is everything I could have wished for in a storyline and, if I had to choose a book to live my life by; I would certainly have ‘I’m Still Standing’ as my life bible.Touching, emotional, relatable, and absolutely beautiful, Colleen Coleman has done it yet again with this outstanding novel. Beautifully written and full of girl power, ‘I’m Still Standing’ is the book which everyone needs to read….now.I truly cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next. If it’s anything like her previous novel and this novel, I am going to have to stock up on the Kleenex! Easiest five stars ever!