* I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
About the book:
Title: Nice Girls Endure
Author: Chris Struyk-Bonn
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, young adult
Chelsea Duvay is so many things. She s an avid musical lover, she s a gifted singer, and she has the most perfect, beautiful feet. But no one ever notices that. All they notice is Chelsea s weight. Daily, Chelsea endures endless comments about her appearance from well-meaning adults and cruel classmates. So she keeps to herself and just tries to make it through. Don t make waves. Don t draw attention. That s how life is for Chelsea until a special class project pushes the energetic and incessantly social Melody into Chelsea s world. As their unlikely friendship grows, Chelsea emerges from her isolated existence, and she begins to find the confidence to enjoy life. But bullies are bullies, and they remain as vicious as ever. One terrible encounter threatens to destroy everything Chelsea has worked so hard to achieve. Readers will be captivated by Chelsea s journey as she discovers the courage to declare her own beauty and self-worth, no matter what others might think. A must-read for anyone who loves to explore the personal but powerful territory of everyday life.”
Source: Thanks so much to Capstone for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
Review: This was such an inspirational, uplifting read! Basically, this book is about a girl in high school named Chelsea, who is overweight and shy. Yes, she gets bullied, but she doesn’t really care. She’s an amazing singer and has beautiful feet, and only focuses on those good qualities about herself. One day, her teacher assigns the class a project where they had to make films about their lives, and what represented them. She meets a girl named Melody who is just so nice and accepting of her differences, and really helps her in the making of that film! The two quickly become good friends and together, they help try to stop the bullies that were tormenting Chelsea! But then, at the spring dance, unfortunately there is an incident that just makes matters worse (not going to spoil it😏), and they have to work harder than ever to stop the bullying! Chelsea was so strong going through her struggles and even though she was bullied for her weight, she didn’t let anyone’s words define her. She may have been a little hurt by it at first, but she was able to shake the pain off in almost no time, which is amazing! Melody was also such a true friend! She was caring and accommodating, and always lent a shoulder for Chelsea to cry on, which she really appreciated. In a time of need, Melody was just so supportive, and the world really needs more of those types of people! To be honest, some of the characters weren’t the most realistic (especially Nicholas Dunn, one of the bullies, and the young neighbour girls who chanted about Chelsea’s weight), but in retrospect, the lesson taught in the book absolutely overweighs that! I learned from this book that words cannot define you unless you let them, and that beauty only runs skin deep. After years of being anti-social, Chelsea finally found some friends who believed in her on the inside, and didn’t care one bit about her weight! I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling in being able to find themselves and where they stand in the world, as I know Chelsea would be so relatable to you!
Rating: 4/5 Stars!