Title: Nice Girls Endure
Author: Chris Struyk-Bonn
Publication Date: August 1st, 2016
Format: Ebook (ARC via NetGalley)
Genres & Themes: Young-adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary
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.
**Thanks to the Publisher for providing me the eARC of this book via NetGalley**
This book is such an emotional book.
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, and because of the fear of the negative judgments, she doesn’t even try to make friends. Even her talents are overlooked because of her appearance. All she wants from everyone is to acknowledge the talents, the good parts of her despite her flaws. But, instead, she’s humiliated, tortured and physically and verbally abused every single day.
This book is really honest. It gives you an insight on what’s exactly going on in an overweight person’s mind and how they are handling all the bullying and the impacts of the bullying and humiliation. I think that there should be more books like this one where you can read more about how a person with any disability – I’m not calling fat a disability – suffers every day.
The writing style is commendable. I admire the way the author has captured everything in a delicate way. If you want to know how is it like to be an overweight person, you should read this book because it states everything clearly.
I felt like crying while reading the book because of everything Chelsea was going through. It’s horrible how much a person is taunted and teased by everyone because of their physical appearance. If I could, I would have eradicated bullying from the world. I don’t how these assholes sleep at night knowing that a person went through so much because of them.
One of the reasons why I admire this book a lot is because I also went through the same phase. Alhamdullilah, I wasn’t bullied a lot but I was teased a lot. I wasn’t an extremely overweight person, but, I weighed more than my class fellows and even then, my weight was joked around a lot. Even my friends joked about it and they never thought about me being embarrassed or humiliated. I’m really a carefree and happy person now, Alhamdullilah but that doesn’t mean that I don’t remember all the insults and cruel judgments that were passed around.
People are cruel. They like to make fun of others just because it makes them feels superior but it’s never right to hurt someone’s feelings. It’s never right to point out someone’s physical flaws. You never how insecure they are and how much they already doubt themselves. Don’t give them the reason to feel worse than they already do.
I love this book so much and I’d definitely recommend it to you because people should know how it feels to be an overweight and tolerate all the insults.
I live in Portland, Oregon, even though I am originally from Iowa. I’ve been in the Pacific Northwest for so long that I can hardly claim to be a midwesterner anymore.
My family keeps me pretty busy and on my toes! I have two boys who have decided that it is their goal and ambition in life to make my days as difficult as possible. We have soccer balls in every room, we have darts stuck to every window, and my cats are losing fur in clumps because of the teasing they must endure.
I love cats. I have three of them and one of them is about twenty pounds. I have been trying to figure out how to help him lose some weight, but he is just not interested, and the treadmill has not been working.
Reading and writing young adult literature is a favorite past time of mine. I try to keep up on trends in YA, and find myself astounded by some of the amazing novels that are available for teens. I am thrilled to see my own book in print and hope that you will let me know what you think of Whisper.