Please Stop Laughing At Me

One Woman's Inspirational Story

Summary

Jodee Blanco, author and protagonist, wanted nothing more than to fit in when she was in elementary school. People, even her friends start making fun of her. Her parents try to help by switching schools, but nothing changed. As she got into high school at a new school, things begin to calm down, and she started feeling fine until other students didn’t like what she was doing and made her an outcast. Jodee’s classmates either ignored her or bullied her. Once Jodee makes new friends, she believes things are getting better, as the bullying barely exists now. Her last memory at the high school took place on her last day of senior year, as people went around signing yearbooks. She asked her crush to signed it, but when she looked at his words, she saw that he wrote something awful. She ran out in tears without looking back at the school that once promised her so much. After twenty years pass, Jodee is invited to her High School reunion. She decides to go, but when she gets there she can’t get out of the car. She finally goes inside and everyone greets her with warm welcomes and conversations. She had a great time, and could finally forgive them and herself. "Often, the opponent isn’t another fighter, but my own self-doubt" (212).

Character Analysist

Jodee Blanco is a strong hearted girl, who only stood up for what she believed in until she meets the "it" crowd. She has no siblings, but two parents that love her and would do anything for her, including switching schools. Jodee is a good oral speaker, which readers notice during the first chapter, and is very persuasive. However she isn't a normal student, while other children were daydreaming about dances, first kisses, and college, Jodee Blanco was trying to figure out how to go from homeroom to study hall without being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.
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Character vs. Self

Jodee Blanco struggles with her body and her status. She knocks herself down to the point where she stops eating and is depressed. However, in the end, Jodee finds herself being blessed. "Despite getting knocked down so many times, God keeps putting people in my corner at just the right time who give me the courage and strength to come out for one more round. Often, the opponent isn’t another fighter, but my own self-doubt" (212).

Character vs. Society

Jodee can't help but want to be popular and cool, yet society is against her. They don't like her point of view, or where she stands. Society also makes fun of her body and looks. When Jodee is deciding whether to continue trying to fit in her 9th grade year or trust her own instincts, values and beliefs she goes to her grandmother for advice. "Jodee, you can overcome sadness, loneliness, even terrible loss. But guilt goes with you to the grave" (113).

"When you’re a victim of any kind of abuse, you can do one of two things. You can learn how to turn your pain into purpose and make a difference in the world, or you can allow it to extinguish the light inside you" (p. 213).

Textual Evidence

Jodee struggled with many problems, and that is what very stood out to me, because a lot of them were very drastic and absurd for a high school student to go through. The quote above shows the strength Jodee had to get through these hardships. She gave herself a reason to continue on, and still "make a difference in the world."

Book Review

Jodee Blanco so fluently describes her experiences. She talks about the most intimate, painful things that bullies did to her and their long lasting effects. However, The book started off okay, but then became harder to believe; eventually it didn't seem to ring true at all. Nonetheless, this is a must read for those who have bullied in your life to know you've hurt people beyond repair, but it's also for those who have been picked on, because now you know you're not alone. This bok deserves a 3.5 out of 5 stars, because of not only the reasons above, but also since the book has a certain hook that wants you to read more.
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