Please Stop Laughing At Me
by Jodee Blanco
Jodee Blanco had trouble fitting in. From elementary school, middle school, to highschool, she was always bullied . In elementary, Jodee was picked on. In middle school, Jodee had a fresh start and made friends with the "popular crowd". After an incident at a party, they started bullying her. Once Jodee had finished middle school, her family moved. She made friends, and they were together everyday. Jodee thought she might have a chance to fit in. When highschool came around, things changed. Jodee's "best friends" started harassing her, making her depressed. Twenty years later, there was a reunion. Jodee started doubting herself, but ended up having a great time.
Jodee's parents also were apart of the book. They were caring for her, and also very worried about Jodee. Her parents looked out for her. They would do almost anything to make Jodee happy.
Of course, there were also Jodee's friends. Most of them were rude, and careless of her feelings. The were fake, and if Jodee did one thing wrong they would all turn their backs on her. They bullied her physically and mentally, and no friend should ever do that.
The conflict of this book, is Jodee being bullied. From elementary school, to senior year in high school. There was always someone there to put her down, and pick on her. The resolution occurred at Jodee's high school reunion. She was worried about facing her former classmates at first, but ended up spending time with the people that bullied her. Jodee had a good time at the reunion.
There are multiple themes of Please Stop Laughing At Me. The main theme is to stay strong. You may go through tough times, but it might get better in the end. Keep on being you and not who someone else wants to be. Another theme is raising attention to the topic of bullying. Bullying isn't a joke, and some serious things can happen as an effect of bullying.
“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)
"The bullies never remember, but the outcasts never forget." (pg. 163)
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