Please Stop Laughing at Me

Dijana Cvitkovic

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Summary

Please Stop Laughing at Me, an autobiography by Jodee Blanco, is a book about her life from elementary to high school. The main subject in the book is school bullying. Jodee was constantly bullied at all of the schools she went to. At the start of the book, Jodee is a young girl that attends a Catholic school called Holy Ascension. There, Jodee is loved by many of her teachers, but not many of her classmates. She loved helping the kids with special needs, but was bullied by her classmates for doing so. Things started to escalate from there.


Jodee then started going to a middle school called Morgan Hills Academy. She met lots of new people and made it into the "popular" crowd for a little bit. She was very good friends with two girls named Callie and Debbie, until something happened at Callie's party, and the bullying began all over again. The bullying became so unbearable that she transferred to another school.


Jodee's parents started to think that she was becoming depressed, so they started taking her to a psychiatrist named Dr. Graff.


The new school she was going to attend was called Northwest Junior High. She was also in a brand-new house that had new people. She met kids named Emily, Sam, Greg, Jim, Rickie, Reese, Paul, and Kim there. They were always with each other every single day of summer. Unfortunately, the bullying started to happen again, just because Jodee stood up for what she thought was right. The bullying, once again, got so bad that she became very depressed.


One day, Jodee recieved a phone call from her dad, saying that her and her mother would be flying across the country to go to Santorini, Athens. There, she met three very kind young men. Their names were Niko, Yorgos, and Vangelle. She had an especially close relationship with Niko. Even once Jodee flew back home, they still kept in touch.


After graduation, Jodee was free from all of the torture and harassment she received. She no longer had to deal with any of that.

Character Analysis

Jodee is a very kind, confident, and trustworthy character. She has medium-length brown hair, and dark brown eyes. She has a very great relationship with her parents and aunts. She is also very good friends with a boy from Greece named Niko. Today, she is an expert on bullying and goes around talking to kids who went through similar situations she went through.

Conflict/Resolution

Jodee encountered a Character VS Character type of conflict. The problem she was having was people at her schools kept bullying her, and this was a Character VS Character type of conflict

Theme

I thought the theme of this story was to keep looking forward, no matter how bad things seem. This is shown towards the end of the story, when Jodee is finally released from all of the pain of her high school years.

Textual Evidence

My favorite quote from this book is "The bullies never remember, but the outcasts never forget" (p. 163). I loved this quote because it is quite true, the actual bully never truly remembers what they've done. To them, it's just another part of growing up.
Jodee Blanco gives presentation on bullying at Onekama Schools

Book Review

I would give this book 4.5 stars. I would give it this rating, because it was a very great story. I also really loved the style it was written in.