Please Stop Laughing At Me

Jodee Blanco

Summary

The book, Please Stop Laughing at Me by, Jodee Blanco, is an Autobiography about the subject of school bullying. In Jodee's elementary school years things were great until fifth grade when she started helping with special needs students. One of Jodee's closest and dearest friends Marianne, was one of the special needs students Jodee got fairly close with. Jodee's best friend Jo Ellen despised how much time Jodee would want to hang out with Marianne, otherwise they could no longer be friends. That's when things started to escalate. Jodee went to a new school called Morgan Hills Academy, everything was great people in the "popular crowd" began to like her until one incident at Callie's party. That was when the name calling and harassing began. Jodee couldn't bear it any longer and decided to transfer to a different school district. Jodee then went to another school called Northwest Junior High, again she was in a different environment, made new friends, etc. It was like a cycle she would move to another school become part of the "popular crowd" then she makes a move everyone else thinks is wrong and looses all of her friends. Getting that one phone call from her father instantly changed her mood around. In two days, she would be flying across the country to go to Santorini, Athens. Jodee met Niko, Yorgos, and Vangelle; three men who made Jodee feel loved, especially Niko. Jodee and Niko had a close relationship. Jodee told Niko everything. Leaving him to go back home would be the worst, even though they would still keep in touch. A couple years past all the harassment, Jodee was free, except she had to go back and face her old classmates at her class reunion. She wondered if they had remembered all the horrible things they did to her. Would they act the same at the reunion, as they did in high school? She was terrified but she knew she had to do it. She was a very strong woman with lots of courage. The quote I have is ... "The bullies never remember, but the outcasts never forget" (pg. 163).

Character Analysis

Jodee Blanco is the main character of my book, who lives in Chicago,Illinois. She is a very strong minded and hard willed person. She sticks up for what she believes in when the time is right, even though sometimes people ridicule her for it and constantly hurt her. Her mom and dad is also the "main type characters" because she is constantly talking to them and telling them about things that have happened at school. She has had several friends but never really that 'true friend' that has been there with her since day one, all Jodee wants is to fit in and not feel like an outcast. “What a desperate, pathetic fool I was. Time after time, my "friends" had shown me their true colors. Yet, I still wanted to believe they were sorry for causing me pain" (pg.128).

Conflict/Resolution

The conflict Jodee is having is Character vs. Society because Jodee is dealing with a whole school that is making fun of her for being different. She gets made fun of and beat up at school but no one ever does anything about it. After twenty years Jodee is invited to her twenty year High School reunion. She decides to go but when she gets there she wont get out of the car. She sits in the car thinking about what if they still don't like me and make fun of me, what if they don't remember what they did, will I fit in, all she did was doubt herself. She finally goes inside and everyone greets her with warm welcomings and conversations. Afterwards she is invited to go out to drink with all of them, She had a great time and she could finally forgive them and herself. The quote I have is "And don't worry about everybody else. I'm your friend and I'll always be your friend." (pg.61). I chose this because even though it is earlier on in the book it shows happiness and a sense of things do and will get better. It can't rain forever.

Theme

The theme for my book is "Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can't rain forever." or "Having a rough day? Put your hand over your heart. Feel that? That's called purpose. You're alive for a reason. Don't give up". Even though the second one is not really a theme it is a very good quote for this book and gives great advice and has a terrific meaning.

Textual Evidence

I will have a couple quotes that really stood out to me throughout this book :

“I now realize what Dorothy means in the final scene from The Wizard of Oz, when she says that if you have to look beyond your front door for your heart's desire, perhaps it was never there to begin with. Maybe, like Dorothy, I should embrace the love right in front of me and not search for some elusive dream that never mattered in the first place.” This quote is to me just very inspirational , and telling you to not go out of your way. If things are meant to be then they will come for you, if not, just sit back and wait for another great opportunity.

The other quote is: “You don't get to pick who you are in this life, but you can decide what you become.” This means a lot to me because I am always trying to do what someone else wants me to do, what I think society wants me to do. Then I sit back and think to myself 'Am I becoming the women I want to be and the women my mom would be proud of, or am I becoming the women society wants me to be?"

Book Review

I would rate this book a 4.5. This is because the book is extremely great and I feel as if it is very great for young adults to read that are going through a hard time because it makes you realize that you aren't the only one that has felt like an outcast. You are never alone as it may seem. This book made me feel very empowered and to make me kind of follow my own path. My happiness should't depend on others.

Multi-Media Sources

Ruth B - Lost Boy (Lyric Video)
Irreplaceable by Madilyn Paige from NBC's The Voice Official Music Video

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