Please stop laughing at me

By Jodee Blanco


In Jodee's elementary school years, things were great until fifth grade when she started volunteering with the special needs students at Holy Ascension Catholic School. Marianne, was one of the special needs classmates that Jodee got very close with. Jodee had a friend named Jo Ellen she didn't like that she was hanging out with Marianne and Jo Ellen called them retards. And Jo Ellen tried to convince Jodee to stop hanging out with her or she would not be here friend. After that Jodee was transferring to all kinds of different schools and trying to make friends but it only got worse. She became depressed and sad. After all those years it is time for her to go to her reunion and she is not looking forward to it. "The bullies never remember but the outcasts never forget" pg 163.
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Character analysis

Jodee is a girl that just wants to fit in with her elementary school. She is kind she helps the mentally impaired. Her friends at the time turn agents her. She was an outcast it took her a while to figure that out. She had the strength to fight the bullies but she didn't want to.

"What a desperate pathetic fool I was. Time after time my freinds had shown me thier true colors. Yet I still Wanted to believe they were causung me pain" pg 128.

Conflict resolution

Character vs society She is having a problem with bulling and not fitting in anywhere.

She solves this problem by telling people what is going on.

“Am I going to be this way for the rest of my life, always waiting for something bad to happen? Will I never truly be able to trust anyone? I worry that when I'm older, I'll be so afraid that people won't like me that I'll have trouble believing it when they actually do.”


Always try and always find someone that you will remember forever.

Textual evidence

“The hardest thing about being an outcast isn't the love you don't receive. It's the love you long to give that nobody wants. After a while, it backs up into your system like stagnant water and turns toxic, poisoning your spirit. When this happens, you don't have many choices available. You can become a bitter loner who goes through life being pissed off at the world; you can fester with rage until one day you murder your classmates. Or, you can find another outlet for your love, where it will be appreciated and maybe even returned.”

Book review

I give this book a three because it wasn't very interesting to me and not enjoyable.
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Multi media sources Citations

While other kids were daydreaming about dances, first kisses and college, Jodee Blanco was just trying to figure out how to get from homeroom to study hall without being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.

This powerful, unforgettable memoir chronicles how one child was shunned -- and sometimes physically abused -- by her classmates from elementary school through high school. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be the outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it all wrong, why schools are often unable to prevent disaster, and how bullying has been misunderstood and mishandled by the mental health community.

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