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Till It Stops Beating

(The Maddie Chronicles #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear.
From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior projec
Paperback, first, 216 pages
Published July 5th 2018 by Black Rose Writing
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, teen-novels
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour for the book.

This is my second time reading Hannah R. Goodman. I had previously read the YA anthology book she edited and contributed to, Sucker Literary Magazine Vol. 1. I remember really enjoying it so I was excited to read this book.

Going into this book I did not know that it was part of a series so in the beginning I was a tad bit confused because there were a lot of reference to things that happened in
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for providing a copy of this book for the blog tour.

It is my first book of The Maddie Chronicles series, So I don’t have any idea if there is a background of all the characters in previous books, I didn’t feel at any point that it is a part of series.

Maddie is suffering from anxiety and missing Justin, he isn’t officially his bf but the only guy in her life. Her life is already complicated her sister just got divorced and now her grandmother is diagnosed with
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Till it Stops Beating is the 4th book in the Maddie Series. I have read them all and this book is top-notch. It's a great read- perfect for yourself or your teenager. Hannah writes from the heart and shares the growing-up story of Maddie. I don't want to give away the plot but Maddie has gone thru some stuff and she wants to figure out her life on her terms. It's a fantastic book and I loved it.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is my first book of Hannah R. Goodman, and I'm a bit mad at myself that I didn't get to read the previews books in the series. "Why?" you may ask, because although it can be read as a standalone, the previews books talk about a lot of interesting subjects in the mind of a social educator, just like this one. That been said, it doesn't mean I didn't like this book. I liked it a lot, because it touched my heart and it made me think.

If you read the blurb you can see that there is some subjects
Kacey Vanderkarr
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Goodman’s Til it Stops Beating is a quirky, unvarnished look at navigating a young adult’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Readers will identify with Maddie’s struggle to find herself, and fall in love with her as she stumbles through heartbreak and debilitating anxiety. Full of unwavering honesty, TISB is timely and relatable, unafraid of tackling mental illness, addiction, sexuality, and grief. When the last page is turned, readers will find themselves hopeful for the future eve ...more
Heather Christie
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of TILL IT STOPS BEATING. Hannah Goodman masterfully renders a tender, heartwarming tale of first love, first loss, and jelly doughnuts. Put this book on your summer to-be-read list. You will not be disappointed.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
All my reviews can be found at:

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for Goodreads/Amazon
I received a copy as a part of the blog tour.

I did not realize this was book four in The Maddie Chronicles when I started it. The first three in the series are:

My Sister’s Wedding
My Summer Vacation
Fear of Falling

When I found out it was the fourth then things made sense: I felt I was ‘missing’ pieces of information during the first part of the novel. I would advise you to read the others in
Kayleigh Kehoe ♡

""Never worry about your heart till it stops beating."
And then she added,
"As long as you are alive and beating, sweetie things will hurt." I stop and look at the faces of my mother, father, sister, Justin, and Tony and I add,
"And I hurt," I laugh while the tears fall,
"So I guess I don't have to worry.""

So unfortunately I'm going to go against the grain here and give it it's first 3/5. I had a sneak peak at the o
Joe Barrett
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read a blog post by the author a couple of days ago and decided to interrupt my reading list and check out her book. I haven’t read a YA book in a while, although I remember really liking the way that I felt after reading Nick Hornby’s SLAM and a couple of Matthew Quick’s books a few years back. Till It Stops Beating made me feel the same way. For whatever reason, a well-written YA book gives me a more emotionally immersive experience than I get from other genres of fiction, and when I finishe ...more
Brittany Lamb
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a cute story. I didn't have any background on it going in because I haven't read the other books in the series, but Hannah Goodman has a nice writing style that made me feel like I was still apart of the story even though I was missing so much of it. The plot is cute and I think all around it's just a fluffier YA contemp take on some serious issues (like anxiety).
Julie Van de Meulebroecke
I received Till It Stops Beating as an ARC from NetGalley. I found this book enjoyable to read. I suffer from anxiety at times so I could relate to Maddie the main character. During her senior year, she deals with applying to colleges, the return of her ex that she's never gotten over and her grandmother's cancer. I found the characters appealing and the story was well written.
Till It Stops Beating is an emotional and touching book about a young woman who is on the brink of adulthood and the anxiety she endures while making that journey.

Maddie is a senior with great friends, Peter and Susan. She also has a great family who is extremely supportive of her. Life should be great for Maddie, but the darkness of anxiety is slowly creeping up on her. She has had some bad things happen in her life. The boy who always held her heart, Justin, went away because of his drug addic
Laura Jones
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Till it Stops Beating, a young adult realistic fiction from author Hannah R. Goodman tackles some very heavy themes including mental illness, alcoholism, sickness (cancer), and loss. The language and scenes are very mature, so I would not recommend it for readers under the age of 16. It is, however, a great book for teens to relate to for a variety of tough situations that may come up during high school or teenage years. 

Maddie Hickman, a 17 year old senior can not stop thinking about the boy wh
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

Review: I clearly didn't look into this book enough before agreeing to review it, because I didn't realize it was part of a series. But despite clearly missing out on some major life events for Maddie, I was able to jump right in to this. It actually worked out well, I like how the author made the reader aware of previous storylines, not by just repeating them, but by having Maddie catch up with an old friend and share her story.

But what really stuck with me is how rea
Alexia Moon
[I  was given a copy for an ARC for an honest review]

When I first got this book I had no idea it was part of a series. I loved the cover and the plot seemed pretty nice so I decided to give it a go. At first I was a bit confused because there were a lot of references to past events and I didn't know the back story of it but the author did a great job at clarifying the past events and all that happened.

The plot and the story are nice and the characters are pretty interesting as well and nicely d
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
READ ME, READ ME It's hard to give a review for the last book of a series because I want to talk about everything that Maddie, her family and friends went thru. But that would be giving spoilers to all who are looking to read this. So many emotions that take you up and down like a roller coaster. People looking for something that they might or might not find. Finding love in different places and never knowing how long it will last. At times I wanted to laugh, or cry at so many places, this is a ...more
Joseph Lewis
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first, I had planned to read only a snatch and didn’t put it down until I read 100 pages or so. I have to say I was immediately taken in. Goodman captured the angst of teenagers trying to find their own way, their own life. I found myself reading passages to my wife and we caught ourselves comparing her characters to our two daughters, as well as friends we know. As a high school principal, I could picture several of my students in these pages. The characters in Til It Stops Beating are engag ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel was very sweet and poignant. Maddie is a character that you can really relate to and her voice is so strong and never wavered. The anxiety she felt about going off to college and having her whole world change felt true to the teenage experience at least from my experience. The novel was touching and was an enjoyable read.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becoming adults can be overwhelming.

With realities unexpected challenges. We each make choices. All bring lessons with them. Some are beautiful. Many are not. Yet each worth living to the fullest.
Amanda Snyder
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing book about a teenage girl coming of age while coping with debilitating panic attacks. I love stories depicting how we cope with the realities of mental health and the day to day challenges life slings at all of us. The more representation of these characters, the better. Bravo Hannah!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Irequested this title on Netgalley because the synopsis sounded fun. I like requesting titles I wouldn't normally pick up as soon so I can get a bit out of my comfort zone, sometimes this ends well and I end up finding a book I love. Sometimes... I hate the book. That is what happened here.

It's been a while since I read this book and I can't fully remember all the details, which is telling in it's own way. I made notes and let's just say none of them are positive so let's just get into them.

Donna Maguire

This one was a well written story that contained a lot more than I expected!

The book gives a different view on the progress from childhood to adulthood and I loved the slightly quirky and honest look at this. The book’s characters go through a lot of different emotions and they are dealt with really well to make it a really engaging story.

It is a heart-warming tale and four stars from me for this one, I really enjoyed the story!
Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
I have a review up on my blog if you want to read that as well:

I related so much to Maddie’s story. As someone who really struggled with anxiety my last year of high school, reading Maddie’s experience was like stepping back in time. I will admit though, once her grandmother’s cancer was mentioned, I had to stop and take a step back. About six months after I graduated, I lost a family member to cancer and my anxiety at that point was really bad. I apprec
Jamie Beth Cohen
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such an important book. A great way to understand what’s going on when someone you love is going through anxiety.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Peter filled me in. You’re going all loopy-nut job on us? You know what? It’s about time. I mean you friggin’ intellectualize yourself into feeling fine."

Can she come to grips with her life and stop worrying about others?

Maddie is getting ready to graduate high school.  Her parents are pressuring her to send in her applications for college, her beloved grandmother is very ill, her former boyfriend ("That Who We Aren't Supposed to Speak Of") who she hasn't seen in a year has been sent to militar
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maddie can't seem to get over Justin, remembering the last time they spent together consumes her thoughts. She suffers from anxiety and it just seems to be getting worse, especially when she learns her grandmother has cancer. We watch her navigate life with anxiety and learning to try to move on.

I didn't realize this was part of a series when I read it, but I don't think you need to have read the other books to make sense of the plot at all. Maddie has some great support in her best friends Pet
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anxiety, cancer
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Black Rose Writing for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

While this book is definitely a quick and breezy summer read, there are multiple things that bothered me about it. At any given point, it seemed like Maddie didn't have a passion at all beyond her family and her ex. Sure, she spends time writing for a class project and to vent some, but it comes off as work - not love. There's also the issue of theme
Jacquie Davis
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty darn good read. Rather pro girls can do what they want with realistically portrayed people. The only things that bugged me was that some of the discourse was occasionally a bit off, I could not place the year it was suppose to happen in cause of both new and old fashion stuff happening, and one minor unintentional minor case of slut shaming which threw me off (by the main love interest somewhere at the end of the book). Otherwise it was enjoyable, easy to read, and the descriptions of anx ...more
Tina O'Hailey
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie_authors
Anxiety. Love. Death. Jelly Donuts. Somewhere in between it all—life and living it. SIX stars from me. Yes, it is about coming of age - and yes, it is all written from one young woman's viewpoint - but no, it is not like anything you have ever read. A poignant look at anxiety and dealing with it while tackling life's challenges and maybe finding love along the way. I was not expecting to need a box of tissues, much of it hit close to home in so many ways. There is truth in this beautifully writt ...more
Rebekah Haas
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
"You're right, Justin. I love jelly doughnuts. I really love jelly doughnuts."

The 4th #IndieApril read. It's about a girl, Maddie, who has to deal with life and love after she has a crippling anxiety attack. To make matters worse, her beloved grandmother, Bubbie, was diagnosed with colon cancer. So, Maddie has to make her own choices about her life and deal with other people's choices, even if she doesn't like it.

It's a good book, and easy enough to understand without the previous books in the
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