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Nice Girls Endure
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Nice Girls Endure

A must-read for anyone who struggles to be happy in their own skin. 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.

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 9-12
Interest LevelGrades 9-12
Lexile Level840L
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherSwitch Press
Page Dimensions5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count256
BindingTrade Hardcover
Paper Over Board
School/Library Price



Booklist Online - Lexi Walters Wright

"This story of modern-day grit, narrated in Chelsea’s sensitive voice, will resonate with young readers growing up in an image-obsessed culture—not to mention the adults who deserve to understand the body scrutiny today’s teens (and younger) endure." - Booklist Online

September 1, 2016

VOYA - Beth Karpas

"This is not an easy or happy story, but it is a hopeful one. In the end, the title says it all: Chelsea is a nice girl who finds a support system that will help her not only endure, but hopefully thrive. . . .Chelsea is an engaging, well drawn character who has the reader shivering and itching, and eventually cheering for her." - VOYA

August 1, 2016 Book Report - Bryn D., Teen Board Member

"Right from the start, I knew Chelsea was a main character I could relate to. . . .I understood Chelsea and her insecurities, and that connection was the best part of this book for me. . . .a very powerful and poignant novel. At only 254 pages, it manages to get in, get out and leave you reeling. . . .NICE GIRLS ENDURE shows you that everyone has a voice, and everyone deserves to have it heard." - Book Report

August 12, 2016


Publishers Weekly

"Told from Chelsea's perspective in chapters that are usually just a few pages long, the story unfolds like a series of stream-of-conscious anecdotes or diary entries. . . .Struyk-Bonn (Whisper) gives Chelsea a blunt voice and frank wit, and her hard-won triumphs and ability to regain her self-confidence come without resorting to oft-seen and ill-advised weight-loss plotlines." - Publishers Weekly

June 6, 2016


"Struyk-Bonn portrays the assault's aftermath particularly well, deftly showing Chelsea's traumatization through actions rather than emotional descriptions. After a while, Chelsea pulls herself back up. . . .Valuable for showing a miserable fat protagonist getting happier—without the seemingly obligatory weight-loss arc." - Kirkus

June 1, 2016

Chris Struyk-Bonn

Chris Struyk-Bonn

Chris Struyk-Bonn is originally a Midwesterner from a small town in Iowa. Currently, she works in alternative education at a small charter school that houses its curriculum primarily online. She works with many students who have found traditional schooling to be a poor fit for them for a variety of reasons. She often finds inspiration for her stories through her students’ experiences. Struyk-Bonn’s first novel, WHISPER, was released in 2014 and won praise from critics in CM Magazine, Kirkus, School Library Journal and more.

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