Please Stop Laughing at Me

By: Jodee Blanco

Summary

The book Please Stop Laughing at Me, is written by Jodee Blanco. The book was based about Jodee’s life while she was getting bullied. No matter how hard Jodee tried to prevent kids from bullying her, it didn’t work out. She moved schools several times to try and solve the problems and start fresh but she still ended up getting bullied. Kids bullied Jodee by calling her names and they even bullied her physically. Jodee would often wonder to herself why her life was this way. She would feel down a lot and sometimes she didn’t want to go to school.

Character Analysis

Facts About Jodee Blanco


Jodee was sometimes shy but she was very friendly. All Jodee really wanted to have was friends. Friendship was something that was very important to Jodee. Jodee lived with her mom and her dad. She didn't have really any main friends because they ended up turning against her or befriending her. Jodee liked to write speeches and she entered a few competitions before.

Conflict/Resolution

Jodee's conflict was the kids bullying her at school. They were always constantly bullying her about the things she did or bullying her verbally. Jodee had tried to solve her problem many times. Jodee moved schools and even moved to a different town because of how bad it was. Her conflict wasn't necessarily 'resolved'. After high school had ended, she graduated she moved off to college. Jodee had started fresh in college and didn't have to see any of the kids who bullied her.

Theme

The theme of the book was based around how it shouldn't matter whether you are an 'outcast' or 'popular', all that matter is that you are important and accepted no matter who you are. People sometime think that they absolutely have to fit into society but you are accepted no matter what. Just because people might be different than you, it doesn't matter, you will always be accepted for who you are. You don't need to act different other than to just be yourself and if people don't like you for who you are then that's their loss.

Textual Evidence

One part of the book that really stood out was part of the ending at her reunion. People at the reunion didn't even know what they put Jodee through when they bullied her throughout middle school and high school. They didn't know how they made her felt and how bad her life was. It was sad to see that those kids didn't even care about how they were in high school. One quote that really stood out in the book was, "The hardest part about being an outcast, isn't the love you don't receive. It's the love you long to give that nobody wants." This quote is meaningful because it shows that when Jodee was an 'outcast' she wanted a friend so badly she would have done anything to just have one. All Jodee ever wanted was to just have people like her for who she is. Jodee wasn't worried about having everyone like her she just longed to be someones friend.

Book Review

I would rate this book around 4 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book because of how the author wrote it. Jodee explained how she was treated and how her life was. She told the readers in the book what she had went through and the things the other kids did to her were harsh and it made you feel bad for her. This would be a good book for other kids to read because, it would show them what its like when someone is getting bullied and how it effects them.

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