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Until It Hurts to Stop

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  104 reviews
When you can’t trust anyone, how can you ever feel safe?

In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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"Until It Hurts to Stop" is a decent enough story by Jennifer Hubbard. I liked the slice of life style of the narrative and the honesty of the protagonist, but what I think makes or breaks this novel is whether or not you can see how the main character grows within her experiences. Maggie is a young woman who has more than enough issues on her plate, between dealing with a former bully who returns from Italy to her school, between dealing with liking her best male friend and the distance between ...more
It was a pretty good book, yet, I had a very hard time relating to it.

I couldn't relate to the bullying and it made me mad that it seemed to go unnoticed at school and in a way scarred Maggie quiet deeply. Now four years later, as Raleigh shows up in Maggie's school, she is scared again waiting for the bully to strike.

I've never been into hiking, so that metaphor, even though, it was not lost on me, was not very appealing.

The romance triangle kind of threw me off as well and I wasn't a big f
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Pretty good read. Gives an idea about how much damage bullying can do to a person. In middle school Maggie was constantly bullied by Raleigh and her friends and then fortunately it stopped when she moved away. But then yesrs she returned and Maggie is once again living In fear and shame. Maggie is forever waiting for the ridicule and the bullying has shaped her personality. When she had a fight with some friends she waits for the cycle ti start again. When Raleigh tells her to get over it, that ...more
Sandy Eichelberger
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng-books
This tale is every student’s nightmare of bullying. Maggie is so deeply scarred by the taunts and cruelty from 7th grade, that it still haunts her three years later. Everything she does is tainted by her insecurities and fear. Maggie’s anxiety is heightened and she is paralyzed by her dread of a renewal of the bullying when her old nemesis moves back to town from years spent in Italy. During the three years since being victimized, Maggie has found comfort in her piano and her hiking with her fri ...more
Katarina Silva
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I don't know how to express my experience with this book because it didn't really worked out for me. It was too annoying sometimes, with nothing going on and the characters seemed lost. They changed their mind time after time, and their personalities weren't the best. Don't get me wrong, this book is great about talking about bullying and what it does to a young person but it could have been written with a bit more of Wit. Too bad, I had really high expectatio
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a MUST read. No doubt about it everyone has been through something like this, whether it was something small someone critiqued you for or all out bullying but this book hits hard. Everyone should read this once and let the story come to life before your eyes.

Maggie breaks my heart in so many ways. She was bullied so horribly in middle school and still isn't over it. It is a living breathing beast in her I've, no matter that it was done and over with when the queen bee moved she still doe
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I thought it was like the book North of Beautiful byJustina Chen. They both had a commonality between the outdoors and something that they so desperately hide. (view spoiler)It shows the effect a bully can have on someone. Because it is so much harder to forget the mean comments and to stop looking over a shoulder, waiting for the next attack. I really like all the c ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are some voices in contemporary young adult literature that do not seem to get enough recognition. Jennifer Hubbard is one of those authors that I wish more people would read. She writes these excellent, realistic young adult books that just cut right to the heart of you. After reading The Secret Year, I kept an eye out for Hubbard’s books and have taken a keen interest in her latest release – Until It Hurts To Stop, a book that takes on the difficult topic of bullying, but in what I felt ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer R. Hubbard's "Until It Hurts to Stop" is such an amazing read. Most YA now days about romance and supernatural. Hubbard was able to have a YA novel with real life aspects. Bullying is such a major issue and it just keeps getting worse. "Until It Hurts to Stop" tells the story of Maggie, a girl who was tortured throughout junior high. Now four years later she cannot get over what she went through. Maggie is always wondering if people are laughing about her and talking about her. She basi ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did get through this whole book, which in retrospect was suprising. I think the only reason I kept reading was to see if there was going to be a good ending, which can sometimes salvage a book like this.
It never came.
Maggie is so incredibly self involved it's insane. The whole book is pretty much her remembering her bullying in junior high. As soon as she hears Releigh's voice, we bounce back into 2 pages of her memories of being called names, locked in bathroom stalls, etc. She spends most
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The only reason I bought this book was because it was fairly cheap at Half Price Books, and I wanted a short contemporary read. I was never expecting to end up devouring this book in three hours and actually really enjoy it.

This book does something that Speak does, but even better. It demonstrates the anxiety of school in general. Maggie, our protagonist, was bullied in junior high by a girl named Raleigh and her group of friends. They would corner her in the bathroom and force her to say that s
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
2.5 to 3 stars

When Maggie was in junior high, she was the school outcast. She had her own personal bullies who delighted in tormenting her every day life at school. They told everyone she washed her hair in toilets, tripped her, told her she was better off dead.

The main bully ended up leaving for Italy with her family and Maggie felt like she was safe. She recovered from their years of torment and went about her life.

Then she came back. And Maggie could no longer deal. She felt like she
Elizabeth Curington
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Maggie is a bit of a loner who can't stop hearing the voice of her lead tormentor from 7th grade. She knows she did nothing to deserve the persecution, but years of torture have left her putting a wall between herself and the world. Luckily, she found a few close friends who understand her. Nick, especially, shares her love of the outdoors and mountain climbing. Maggie is getting by until the day Nick kisses her. Even though she has been reevaluating her feelings for him, she panics.

I found Magg
Jules Goud
Although I liked this book, I had one big problem.

My problem was Maggie. I understand that she kept her bullying matter with her and never forget it. I understand, its something that we can't forget sometimes. However, she was paranoid that Raleigh and the others were coming for her and she worried about herself. You can't do that. I didn't like her. To me, all that worrying was like she had no backbone. Then, she doesn't ask about her friend and her relationship and I don't like that. She was s
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: realistic, netgalley, ms
Maggie was bullied a lot in middle school, led by a girl named Raleigh. It didn't stop until Raleigh moved away to Italy. Now she's deeply scarred by the years of harassment and it still affects how she acts and feels. She's trying to figure out how she really feels about her best friend Nick, who she often goes hiking with to burn off steam. Everything suddenly becomes complicated and frightening again when Raleigh moves back to town.

I liked the depiction of bullying in this book and how deeply
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This would have made for a very good short story, but novels require more material at their core to sustain a reader's interest.

High school junior, Maggie Camden, still carries the scars from horrific bullying in middle school. When her former bully, Raleigh, comes back to town, Maggie begins flashing back to everything she suffered in 7th grade. Add to the mix a romantic complication with her long time friend and trail buddy, Nick, and the teenage angst is off the charts and completely believab
I understood the point of the novel was Maggie's growth from being stuck in the victim mind-set of junior high to realizing it didn't matter any more. Yet, she still got on my nerves. Maybe it was because that realization occurred in the last two pages of the book. The only relief from Maggie's internal victimizing are the brief moments on the mountains or between her and Nick. Granted, those moments were precious, but I wish that realization had lingered a bit longer to make up for Maggie's pre ...more
Neha Regi
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Victoria Lees
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jennifer R. Hubbard's YA novel Until It Hurts to Stop is a first person account about how bullying manifests itself in the victim’s mind. I feel this novel shows bullying on two fronts: in the school for the protagonist Maggie and on the home front for her friend Nick.

Like every good story, the plot unfolds slowly. And like a good story, there are both internal and external problems to face. The reader gets inside the daily struggles of Maggie through her mindset. She is an awkward, shy girl wh
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook, 2013
3.5 stars

A few months ago I featured this book as a Waiting on Wednesday pick. I’ve actually had pretty crappy luck with my Waiting on Wednesday picks, I would say I probably end up disliking the books I pick more than I end up liking them. Maybe at the end of the year I’ll end up doing some kind of recap and try to figure out how to be better, but for now I am just happy to say that this was a winning Waiting on Wednesday pick.

But I didn’t realize it was a winner right away. My first two though
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down. It was so real, so close to home with its story and the emotion. I would definitely suggest this book. ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
it was ok. not the best, but not the worst.
Gena Marie
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy read, nice symbolism
"In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. But Maggie has never stopped watching for attacks, and every laugh still sounds like it’s at her expense. The only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking up in t ...more
Brandi Kosiner
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this one because of the bullying set up. That emotional kick draws me right to it. With the premise of her bullier coming back in town, there is the possibility of huge character growth.

I liked her friendship with Nick. He seems to be a solid guy and the synopsis hints at attraction blossoming there so that endeared him to me even more.

It was heart breaking to see the insecurity creep back in with Maggie. I feel her on some level because I suffer from social anxiety. Mine doe
Jelsa Mepsey
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Nick as a character was fun to read about and very likable. He's not completely full of himself, and isn't without his flaws. His family life and background as well as his interest in hiking make him a well-presented character. I also love that he isn't ridiculously hot and is described as being a pretty average guy. He has a good heart, and it's not all about the looks.
The way Maggie's bullying experience is described not all at once, but throughout the novel. It's a reminder to readers of
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it

I'm not sure how I feel about this book.

2.5 stars, maybe? 3 stars?

This book most definitely did touch on how much damage bullying can do to a person, and how that can effect them mentally long term. Maggie was an interesting character to me, somewhat different from most of the protagonists which I read. She essentially was the victim of ridicule in middle school. These events, which take place prior to the start of the book, change her view of herself.

Her character development is one of the
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was good. It shows you that when you're a victim of bullying, its affects you. Long-term and short-term. It messes up the way you're supposed to see things and see life. When life goes on and you still deal with these things, the bullies just move on as if nothing ever happened, while you think they still even think about you. It's crazy, it's draining... It's a lot. But, that's what Maggie had to deal with in this book. In the end, you have some people like Adriana that shows ...more
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