NICE GIRLS ENDURE
By: Chris Struyk-Bonn
Represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary Agency
Chelsea never gets noticed for the things she’s really proud of, like her amazing voice or her perfect feet. If she gets noticed at all, it’s for her weight, a constant topic of conversation among everyone around her. She hears about it from teachers, classmates, neighbors, even her own mother, and she decides that’s just life. Then Chelsea gets partnered with Melody for a film-class project, and things start to get better. For once, nobody’s talking about her body, and she’s having fun. But she can’t seem to avoid or evade the popular and obnoxious Nicholas Dunn, who only ramps up his taunts. How much can one girl endure?
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
Struyk-Bonn portrays the assault’s aftermath particularly well, deftly showing Chelsea’s traumatization through actions rather than emotional descriptions. - Kirkus
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
Chris Struyk-Bonn tells a story about life, love, body image issues, the ‘mean kids, and learning to love yourself. I cannot say how much I love this story.
NICE GIRLS ENDURE is a very quiet, yet fascinating read. The writing and voice suck you in immediately and I was absolutely invested. I almost finished this in one sitting. - The Book AVID
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. - Julie from Goodreads
I loved this book so much! It's a 4.5 stars for me. - Nicole Anaya from Goodreads
"I found NICE GIRLS ENDURE to be a very powerful and poignant novel....[It] shows you that everyone has a voice, and everyone deserves to have it heard." Teen Reads
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