Showing posts with label nice girls endure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nice girls endure. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 Books Released in 2016 that I Loved feat. Louise Gornall, Tara Sim & more



2016 was a fabulous year for my shelves, I discovered a lot of new favorite books and I hope you'll add a couple of those to your tbr as well!






BECAUSE I LOVE YOU - Tori Rigby
Teen pregnancy and so many tears while reading this. (May 2016, Blaze Publishing) Goodreads

THE SOUND OF US - Julie Hammerle
If you love a good contemporary and like Camp Rock, this is your pick. (Jun 2016, Entangled Teen) Goodreads




LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Cordova
Of course there's no best of 2016 list without my lovely Latinx witches. (Sep 2016, Sourcebooks Fire)   Goodreads


WE AWAKEN - Calista Lynne
Asexual girl loving girls in the dreamiest novel of the year. Swoon. (Jul 2016, Harmony Ink) Goodreads



                               
NICE GIRLS ENDURE - Chris Struyk-Bonn
This is such a fantastic novel about a fat girl with anxiety #owning it. (Aug 2016, Switch Press) Goodreads

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT - April Genevieve Tucholke
A magical contemporary with fantastic unreliable narrators. (Mar 2016, DialBooks) Goodreads





UNNATURAL DEEDS - Cyn Balog
Told in second person this is a murder mystery with a side of the best romances I've read this year. (Nov 1st, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

TIMEKEEPER - Tara Sim
A steampunky delight featuring a boy falling in love with a clock spirit. Fresh and fun, this is such an original little gem! (Nov 1st 2016, Sky Pony Press) Goodreads

WRECKED - Maria Padian
This one chronicles sexual assault from the perspective of different people who have had something to do with the assaulted. (Oct 4th 2016, Algonquin) Goodreads

UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES - Louise Gornall
Invisible illness, agoraphobia and being house-
bound. All my love to this one. (Jul 7th 2016, Chicken House) Goodreads


What were your 2016 favorites?

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Recommendation: Nice Girls Endure - Chris Struyk-Bonn: Fat Rep, Anxiety, and Body Positivity


In NICE GIRLS ENDURE, everyone is telling Chelsea to start losing weight. When vicious bullies get violent, Chelsea has to make a choice: Endure or stand up to them.

What intrigued me: Beautiful cover and also fat representation, I love body positive books.

Lovely Characters

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. 

Protagonist Chelsea is an incredibly lovable sweetheart that you can't help but fall a little in love with while reading. Her struggles are heartbreaking to read, but all the much more worth reading, because these things do happen in real life. It's such an important book that I will keep on recommending to people.

I suffered with Chelsea, I smiled about the friendship with the dorky and eccentric Melody, who wears strange homemade costumes and loves Chelsea so much. Their relationship is the heart of this book. I just wish I could be friends with her in real life. 

In general, Struyk-Bonn writes such fantastic character relationships. This is in my opinion the biggest strength of this fantastic book - the fact that her characters do seem extremely realistic and more importantly lovable. Chelsea's father, who always supports her is this fantastic role model, he's fat like her and absolutely unbothered by it and always tries to cheer her up. My heart aches just thinking about their wonderful loving relationship because it's such a moving highlight whenever they interact. 

Heartbreaking and Empowering

Because NICE GIRLS ENDURE is about fat representation and body positivity it also tackles difficult topics like abuse and bullying. Chelsea is never really uncomfortable in her body, there is this really great quote that I'll just paraphrase quickly. "She wasn't bothered by her weight, but by how much it bothered other people." 

This is essentially what you'll find in this book. A really strong protagonist that struggles with how much other people butt in on what she does with her body. It's heartbreaking. There is one pretty graphic scene (during the school dance) that I recommend you skip if you're triggered by rape scenarios and physical abuse. 

NICE GIRLS ENDURE doesn't kid around. It shows how ugly people can be on the inside. It's an incredibly powerful and empowering story that I love dearly and will keep on thinking about for weeks to come. An absolutely clear recommendation. 




Rating:

★★★★½

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Yes. You need this book in your life. Read it.



Additional Info

Published: August 1st 2016
Pages: 256
Publisher: Switch Press
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781630790455

Synopsis:
"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."(Source: Goodreads)


Can you recommend some body positive reads?

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