Until It Hurts To Stop
By: Jennifer R. Hubbard
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 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?
I've been wanting to read Until It Hurts To Stop for a while and I'm glad that it did. It wasn't the perfect story, not even close, but I still enjoyed it.
When Raleigh Barringer moves back to town it throws Maggie's off kilter. Maggie is not the same girl that Raleigh and her group of friends used to bully in middle school. When Raleigh moved away, Maggie made new friends and moved on with her life. Or at least she tried to, the effects of being bullied still haunt her. Not to mention, things are getting weird with her best friend Nick. Maggie is starting to develop feelings for Nick, but she can trust herself after years of being told that no one would ever love her.
I like the premise of the book, and I think that it accomplishes what it sets out to do, and it shows the lasting affect of bullying. Bullying doesn't necessarily end once the bullies go away. Some scars are deeper than they appear, but at points of the novel Maggie just seemed whiny. I've never been bullied so I don't know exactly how someone in that position feels, but reading it, from Maggie's perspective, I felt myself losing patience with her. I felt bad after finishing the novel and thinking about it, but while reading, I couldn't help myself, I was just so frustrated.
Until It Hurts To Stop, just read very slowly. It was slow pace and not much happened. I think that Until It Hurts to Stop was supposed to be an emotional read that was supposed to be inspiring, but I couldn't connect to Maggie. I didn't hate the novel, but I'm glad that it's a book that I borrowed from the library and didn't purchase.