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Nice Girls Endure

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Switch Press
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This is not a fat girl book, and those who are bothered by any discussion of body image, of weight, of raw numbers, will certainly be triggered by a girl who is bullied, harassed, and assaulted (!!!!) because she's obscenely fat at 5'6" and 175 pounds.

It is inauthentic, hurtful, and makes a bit of a mockery of humans who are fat. Like, actually fat. I am shocked this book got published and cannot believe that, in a space where there is so much conversation about this very topic and how terribly
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 3.5 stars

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Capstone and Switch Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
This is a contemporary, coming of age story that follows a young teenage girl in her day to day life. I had a hard time getting into the story at first but once I was through the first quarter, I became invested in the main character and her life.
Irene (thefictionthief)
*I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

Wow okay. Look. This was not a fun book to read. This book was awful and sad and made me angry. But it was important. It's a really important book. So here are my thoughts.

1. Finally, a fat protagonist. In an entire WORLD filled with skinny beautiful-but-somehow-doesn't-know-it female leads, we finally have a big girl heading her own story.

2. She doesn't completely hate herself. For once, this is not
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

So for the first part of this book, I wasn't sure I liked it. I thought it was going to be a two or three star book. The plot started out as kind of blah and I didn't necessarily like Chelsea at first. For the first part of the book, Chelsea basically spent the entire time complaining about her weight. I don't know why this irritated me so much because I do the same thing. Maybe I just related to her too much. Her mom insists on
Starting out, this book really reminded me of Judy Blume's Blubber. About a grade school obese girl who is viciously bullied and ostracized for her weight.

Chelsea also is oversized. But at least she has beautiful feet. As most bullied students do, she keeps to herself and tries to fly under the radar and avoid the attention of the worst bullies.

She is blessed with very loving parents who clearly contribute to her ability to bear the cruelties outside the home.

To her dismay, a girl named Melody t
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a great book that had a realistic and honest main character. It was quite powerful and moving as it detailed the struggles of many overweight people in a society that only values those people who are skinny through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl struggling with her own weight. I think that although Chelsea didn't report Nick for what he did, and this will probably earn the book some negative reviews as no one sh
Lauren Elizabeth
This book is just... So much more<3 Check it out!
I walked into this.

I did.

I looked at the title and said "INMH, don't do it. Don't do it. You know there's gonna be whining about women and weight in here. You know it. Don't go there."

But what can I say? I like reading stories about weight issues, and that means occasionally encountering stories that preach a load of crap.

Let's start off with the stereotyping. Of course- of COURSE- Chelsea's mom is a stereotypical weight-obsessed bitch who has control issues. Of course. Because if she wasn't, th
Diana Prince
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Thanks to NG for the early copy of this book; I'm only sorry I didn't read it sooner. I was honestly afraid to read this book when I first got wind of it. Most of the stories I’ve read with fat main characters have been single issue stories, and are typically doused in either wish fulfillment fantasies or horrible (and extremely triggering) descriptions of eating disorders and abuse. I understand that those are stories that need to be told, but seeing a positive re
Chelsea has perfect feet. And a beautiful singing voice. But that's not what other people notice about her. All they seem to notice is that she is fat. Things are starting to change for the better when she meets Melody who always dresses in the most amazing outfits and encourages Chelsea to join choir. However, all this is subverted by bully Nicholas Dunn and his nasty friends. Chelsea has always been told that she has to be nice - but she also realizes that at some point she needs to stand up f ...more
"My parents tell me all the time that I should enjoy my teenage years, that these should be the happiest, most carefree days of my life, that this is the time for me to become independent and figure out who I truly am. You know what I have to say to that? What a bunch of crap."

Easy to say that to your teenage daughter. But what it this girl is overweight? What is she has to struggle with being and overweight girl in our society everyday? What if she has to listen to kids at school
Chelsea Duvay is a high school student who prides herself on her perfectly manicured feet and musical repertoire, but is also quiet and isolated, opting to spend her free time watching musicals with her father. Not having friends isn't her choice-- it's just what happened because it seems that the only thing people notice about her is her weight. She is mercilessly taunted by her classmates and made to feel abnormal and shamed by her own mother. So she's learned to live with her head down, not s ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice Girls Endure

By Chris Struyk-Bonn
The book Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Ben is a very powerful and engaging book. This book was about bullying and being confident with yourself and having respect for each other. It’s a story that a lot of people relate to and go through in the real world and half to face these challenges.

This book is about a girl named Chelsea Duvay a sixteen year old girl is a sophomore in high school. All her life Chelsea loved herself and was happy with herself and h
Pages For Thoughts
This book is raw and powerful, exposing unfortunate truths about the world and how we view others. The tricky part for most is registering that what they say, do, and act hurt others, and accepting that they are wrong. Nice Girls Endure teaches about body image and themes of acceptance of loving who one is on the inside, not the lie on the outside. Chelsea shows a positive representation and makes readers feel hope. There is a recurring message of not enduring, and not to let them get away with ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
**Thanks to the Publisher for providing me the eARC of this book via NetGalley**

Chelsea is an overweight girl who is taunted all of the time by almost everyone because of her weight. Even her mother pushes her to lose weight without asking if Chelsea wants to or not. Everything she goes through is horrible and the fact that it is only because of her physical appearance is sick and terrible! The result is; she has developed social anxiety. She thinks that everyone will judge her and criticize her
Lindsey Gilbert
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Nice Girls Endure focuses on Chelsea Duvay, an overweight high school girl who feels isolated by her weight and her social anxiety. The story chronicles her journey of self-acceptance, as she deals with violent ‘bullies’ and learns to build healthy friendships through a video autobiography assignment.

It is difficult to write a proper review for this book, because I wanted so much to like it....but was so disappointed. I was absolutely thrilled when I received my advance reading copy from Net Ga
Stay Fetters
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I was able to step outside and past my deficiencies and show the world my true self. This is me. All of me. And that may involve being overweight, but I'm more than a number on a scale. I'm more than a sum of my parts.....And that's what truly matters."

Received an arc from Capstone at BEA Chicago 2016!!!

Heartbreakingly beautiful. My heart aches in my chest for Chelsea. Bullying is a powerful disaster that needs to be stopped and this book will lead that in the right direction.
Chelsea is large
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
I deal with pretty severe anxiety and have bounced back and forth between being overweight and not for most of my adulthood, so I was eager to read this one. I can't say I absolutely hated this book - Chelsea was an endearing character and I liked her new friend Melody who deals with ADHD - but it has a lot of problems as well. Some of Chelsea's inner judgments of other students, while probably realistic to what a bullied teen would think, are unfair, and they go mostly unquestioned in the text. ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"Nice Girls Endure" probably should come with a warning label. Warning:This will cause you to flashback to your bullied past. As a person who had very low self confidence regarding my size in high school. I really could relate to Chelsea and the feelings of inadequacy that she struggles with. However ,even I did not suffer quite the cruelty that she endures during the course of this story.

Because of her experiences, some readers may find it hard to feel empathy for Chelsea. She's conscious of h
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Jenefer R
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Title: Nice Girls Endure
Author: Chris Struyk-Bonn
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Format: E-ARC
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

I requested this book entirely on the aesthetic of the cover. Sometime it happens, we've all been there I'm sure...right? The colorful flower and the title intrigued me. I dove in head first with no idea what I was reading.

Chelsea Duvay is a girl who just wants to enjoy the things she loves and s
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I received this novel from NetGalley.

This novel was something completely unexpected, but wow was it amazing. I love the plot, the characters, the writing style and the issues this novel faces head on.

The relationships 'Chelsea' has with her family, and friends, mainly 'Melody' and her dad, are amazing, they feel real. Those connections are what makes this novel what it is. The relationship with her mum is completely original too, not forced, an honest representation of a relationship that is str
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. If you have issues with body image you might even find this triggering. The bullying throughout this made me REALLY uncomfortable and the way Chelsea's mom treated her was extremely relatable on a personal level. I liked the way Chelsea dealt with her anxiety and body image.

Things I didn't like:

I have to say that the whole thing with Chelsea having nice feet was super weird. So. Weird. And it was mentioned way too often. People generally hate feet. I don't get why the
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Sketchy
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Missing the Point
Trigger Warning: Near-Sexual Abuse
Bonus Factors: Keith Mars Award for Awesome Dadhood, Musical Love
Factor: Foot Fetish
Anti-Bonus Factor: Fat Shaming
Relationship Status: Here For You, But ...

Read the full book report here.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You can read my entire review on my blog here:

Overall: Definitely not one of my favorite books that I've read, but it could be a good read for someone younger or closer to high school age.
Ann Ta
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn is a very engaging and intelligible story. It displays a sense of acceptance in who one is on the inside, rather than what lies on the outside. It’s a story that a lot of people can relate to when dealing with lack of self love, and really gets people motivated to do great things.
This book is about Chelsea Duvay, a sixteen year old girl in her junior year of high school. Chelsea has many wonderful qualities that make her special, from her love for
Grace Cho
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The book Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn is about a sixteen year old girl named Chelsea Duvay who is a great singer and has perfect feet but most people at her school only notice the extra weight she has on her body and nothing else. They don't see the personality, the fun and the love she has but instead bullies bully her for what she looks like on the outside. Her mom wants her to lose the weight but her dad just wants her to just live her life. I enjoyed this book because it was very ...more
Switch Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Nice Girls Endure. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Being an overweight teenager can make high school mostly unbearable. When Chelsea Duvay meets Melody Smiles, however, her life starts to change in both positive and negative ways. Having been the one to stick mostly to the shadows, Chelsea ends up getting some unwanted attention. Being bullied almost daily is one thing, but the event that occurs after the school dance is mor
Lisa Bentley
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, what a truly lovely, but awful, but brilliant, but heartbreaking book.

Nice Girls Endure by Chris Stryuk-Bonn is the story of Chelsea, a young girl who is overweight. That isn’t all she is but it is the first thing that people see and the last thing that they seem to remember about her. They don’t know that she loves musicals, shoes, painting her toenails and spending time with her dad. Most people can’t (or won’t) look past her exterior.

When things start to change for Chelsea she learns that
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm so torn with this one! I really wanted to like this book because it tackles body image, anxiety, bullying, and the struggle of not feeling like you matter. These are all things that would have strongly appealed to me as a teen.

BUT this book has two major problems. The first being that our main character is sexually assaulted, and absolutely nothing is done about it. Chelsea never gets the confidence to report what was done to her, but she obtains the confidence to join the school choir. Chel
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