Friday, February 03, 2017
Nice Girls Endure, by Chris Struyk-Bonn
The story has lots of lovely details (vignettes and observations that make or break a YA novel) but I was frustrated by the limp plotting. I wanted a climactic moment and imagined what it would contain (a film premier, winning a spot on the choir, dealing with the brats next door, confronting the bully, telling off her mother, etc.) and none of that happened. It is so frustrating to be set up for a moment of redemption that never really comes! In fairness, Chelsea has some minor inner growth, but it wasn't enough for me. I needed to see it resolve some of her issues.