Nice Girls Endure By Chris Struyk-Bonn
A Review by Rhi
Chelsea is a middle school girl who loves music, theater, and singing, plus she has the most beautiful feet probably ever- but all everyone else sees is just another obese girl.
Being naturally shy and insecure, her peers take advantage of her mellow nature and insult her about her outward appearance. On top of all the hateful comments about her, she is constantly being harassed by one of her classmates. Chelsea thinks the school year will get worse and worse- until she meets Melody, her new partner for a project in class and she finally starts to come out of her shell.
One night, Chelsea attends a school party with Melody, planning to get to know some other people. All goes well, until Nicholas Dunn, her sworn enemy, shows up drunk. Chelsea is used to the sting of his ruthless taunts, but that night he takes it too far.
I really liked this book, but i wouldn't recommend it for people under 12.— Rhi- age 12
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.