Please Stop Laughing at Me...

By Jodee Blanco

Summary

All Jodee wants is to fit in and become popular. Right when she starts to fit in, all of her friends would physically and mentally abuse her. Jodee would lie to her parents about what is happening at school because she knows how much they want her to fit in. Once they find out what is going on they think switching schools will help solve the problem. On page 138, it says, “C’mon, you guys, we’re not in Junior high anymore, Let’s start fresh.” It helps for a little while but because Jodee sticks up what she believes, she can never escape her problem.

About Jodee Blanco

Jodee Blanco is someone who cares about people, she was standing up for kids that got made fun of, and at the end of the book she was caring to the bullies who had a story behind why they bullied kids. She had a mom and dad who would always be there for her, and she had no siblings. Jodee didn't have many friends, because she kept moving schools. But friends that stayed with her even when she moved schools was Paul, she met him when he was a freshman, he was older than Jodee. He was always nice to Jodee, and always wanted to stand up for her. This quote shows how her friends treated her, “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." page 128

Conflict/Resolution

The conflict of this book is that Jodee is trying to make it through high school, but kids are lowering her self-confidence by bullying her. The resolution of this book is that Jodee went to her High School Reunion, and Jodee was worried to see the people that bullied her there, and turns out, everyone was nice to her. Everyone was sorry for what they did to Jodee

Theme

The theme of Please Stop Laughing at Me... would be to stay strong and have hope. Jodee was going through really rough times, she even harmed herself because it was so bad. But she kept fighting and didn't want to give up. She knew that there was hope, and she knew that when everything was over, she would be okay.

Favorite Quote

“People tend to consider being vulnerable a bad thing. It's not. Vulnerability reminds us that we're human. It keeps us open to giving and receiving love. Without at least a little, we can become someone living in a prison of our own making, where the walls are so thick that no one can get in or out.” (Blanco 248)

Book Review

I rate this book 5 stars, that being because I was so attached to this book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. Nothing that Jodee went through had ever happened to me. I can only imagine what it would feel like, and I feel bad knowing that some people have to live the way that Jodee does. The book was very descriptive and I could just picture everything that was happening. I would definitely recommend this book to those who have not read it.
Jodee Blanco on CNN

Citations

BlancoGroup. "Jodee Blanco on CNN." YouTube. YouTube, 02 June 2010. Web. 08 May 2016.

"It's NOT Just Joking Around! - A Survivor's Guide to Joking and Peer Abuse :: Jodee Blanco." It's NOT Just Joking Around! - A Survivor's Guide to Joking and Peer Abuse :: Jodee Blanco. Web. 10 May 2016.

"Jodee Blanco - $10k for Public Speaking & Appearances - Speakerpedia, Discover & Follow a World of Compelling Voices." Jodee Blanco - $10k for Public Speaking & Appearances - Speakerpedia, Discover & Follow a World of Compelling Voices. Web. 10 May 2016.