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Until It Hurts to Stop Hardcover – September 12, 2013

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Gr 8-11-In junior high, Maggie Camden was subjected to bullying-vicious taunts that continue to haunt her four years later. Raleigh Barringer, who tormented her, moved away, but as the novel opens, Raleigh returns, stoking Maggie's memories of the harassment. Although Raleigh appears to ignore her now that they're in high school, Maggie can't seem to shake her dread. It's a little hard to believe that anyone so fearful would also be an A student with complementary extracurriculars, the piano and mountain climbing. Maggie's rebuilt confidence relies heavily on Nick Cleary, her hiking buddy and best friend, although the challenges they face on the trail aren't as interesting as their conversations on the ground. Her other worry, besides Raleigh, concerns a recent urge to kiss Nick. Thus the tension of this smart novel is within Maggie, and not between her and the societal problem of bullying.-Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Compared to the traumas of middle school, high school is a good place for Maggie. Here she has friends, hobbies, and even a possible love interest in Nick, her hiking buddy. Together, they rise to the challenge of rigorous walks in the woods and climbs in the mountains. Yet it’s a kiss that undoes their blossoming relationship, an ill-timed moment that corresponds with the arrival of Maggie’s former bully, Raleigh, back from living abroad. Maggie’s self-esteem plummets, and she loses the courage to let Nick know how she feels. Hubbard demonstrates the intense fear, paranoia, and dread that can paralyze victims of bullying long past the days of actual incidents. Maggie is nothing short of haunted by her past with Raleigh; memories come flooding back to her with the startling clarity and venom of PTSD flashbacks. The stuttering, burgeoning romance between Maggie and Nick becomes the backdrop to a more important love story, that of Maggie and herself. Readers will fall for this thoughtful, expansive, and tender offering. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670785202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670785209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer R. Hubbard lives in the Philadelphia area. She is a hiker, a chocolate lover, and a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through. Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines. She has written one non-fiction book:

LONER IN THE GARRET: A WRITER'S COMPANION. Inspiration and encouragement for writers. Charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.

Her published books also include these contemporary young-adult novels published by Viking/Penguin:

THE SECRET YEAR: After his secret girlfriend's death, Colt finds the notebook she left behind, but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship.

TRY NOT TO BREATHE: After his suicide attempt, Ryan struggles with guilty secrets and befriends a girl who's visiting psychics to try to reach her dead father.

UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP: Just when Maggie starts believing she can outgrow her history as the local outcast, the girl who once bullied her returns to town.

You can visit Jennifer's website at or follow her on Twitter @JennRHubbard.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on October 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book does a wonderful job of showing how a victim can make their situation worse when they nurture negative feelings and thoughts long after the trauma has passed. Maggie's harassment in middle school rang true with what I have observed and the recent harassment stories on the news. She demonstrated how her life was still being effected years after the bullying had ended. This book did a good job of showing how bullies are often dealing with problems in their own lives and can even regret their behavior once time has passed. It also showed how sometimes angry mean people can't be changed. We only have power over our own behavior. You can stand up to a bully though and choose not to be a victim. This book delivered a powerful message in a very subtle way. Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on October 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dealing with the effects bulling can leave is hard. And that is what we find in Until It Hurts To Stop. I loved the idea that Maggie survived the ordeal. Although she is forever changed by it. I loved the ending. More books on bulling should end like this one. So many end with the main character committing suicide. I loved that fact that Maggie stood up for herself.

"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Black Plum on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"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 the mountains with her best friend, Nick. Lately, though, there’s a new sort of tension between the two of them—a tension both dangerous and delicious. But how can Maggie expect anything more out of Nick when all she’s ever been told is that she’s ugly, she’s pathetic, she’s unworthy of love? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly—terrifyingly—back in town?"

Until It Hurts to Stop is a pretty good young adult novel; it came out in September. The book is slim but powerful, boasting a quiet, small-scale story that has ramifications beyond its borders, and cuts more deeply for its smallness. I must admit that I can't really imagine people being that cruel in seventh grade, as my middle school experience was quite different. Really, is any middle school like that, with such senseless cruelty, people just lashing out at others? But that is, of course, what Until It Hurts to Stop is about - senseless, vicious cruelty, and about how to heal from it, confront the perpetrators, and break out of your shell. Despite the four years that have passed, Maggie still kind half believes the taunts that Raleigh and others flung at her - telling her that she's ugly, that no one would ever like her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on September 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 thoughts on starting this book were "I love a character named Maggie" (although the best friend/love interest is named Nick which is my brother's name so that's kind of weird for me) and "wow this dialogue is kind of really awkward." After finishing I don't know why I thought the dialogue was so awkward at first, because I didn't think that through the rest of the book. The book starts in the middle of Maggie's birthday with her best friends Nick and Sylvie giving her gifts. Looking back it made sense, but at the time I felt like I was just being dropped into the middle of this story.

Maggie and Nick have been best friends since middle school. They met because their mothers work together, but they didn't actually attend middle school together. Unfortunately for Maggie middle school was not a good experience. A mean girl named Raleigh pretty much went to war on Maggie and turned the entire school against her, calling her names, tripping her, locking her in bathroom stalls, and even telling her to go hang herself. Luckily for Maggie, Raleigh moved to Italy after junior high and by the time high school started everyone had moved on, except for Maggie.

This was one of the most difficult parts of the book for me: how stuck Maggie is in the past.
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