Please Stop Laughing at Me

Jodee Blanco

Summary

Everyone wants to fit in. No one wants going to school to feel absolutely miserable. Please Stop Laughing at Me by, Jodee Blanco, is an autobiography on her childhood tragedies, conflicts, and outcomes. Jodee’s elementary school experience was outstanding, till fifth grade came around. Fifth grade, middle school, and junior high all led to bullying. Jodee had gone through major harassment and deep depression. Twenty years later, Jodee had felt free. She had a high school reunion and no one remembered a thing. “The bullies never remember, but the outcasts never forget” (p. 163). Jodee was one strong women leaving us with so much inspiration.


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Character Analysis

Jodee Blanco was a strong girl who never was accepted. She never had a tied relationship with any friend she would quite meet, though her family and her were close. She was such a caring girl, but that is what brought the bullying to her more. She had always tried to help others, and do what her mind had told her. Yet this was all never right for her to be accepted. "Could the same thing be happening all over again" (p. 10)?
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Conflict/Resolution

Jodee Blanco had faced the conflict of character vs. society. Going to school and getting bullied by students(society) everyday was extremely terrifying for her. She had faced many different schools but the aspect of society never changed. There wasn't many ways to resolve this in her younger years. Doctors and new schools hadn't changed a thing. All when her high school reunion came around, things switched up. No one had remembered what they had done to her. Everyone and Jodee were on good terms. She felt so free. "I feel as if I'm floating now" (p. 268).

Theme

Readers can take away many messages from this book. I think that the most strongest message is that horrible things don't last forever. "The weight I've been carrying inside me for so long has been lifted" (p. 268). Jodee had faced tragic issues all throughout her childhood, but her adult life is what she would of never accepted during those times.
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Textual Evidence

There was many parts in this book where it would really hit me. Although I can't quite stick out the worst parts, I feel like the descriptiveness of when she was being bullied was the absolute worst. Knowing the pain she would face is heart breaking. I think this was so important because it really gives you an outlook of how terrible bullying can really be. My favorite quote from this book is "What a desperate 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" (p. 128). This was my favorite quote because it shows you that sometimes we can be blinded. We make ourselves believe certain things to make things actually seem alright.

Book Review

I rate this book a 5 stars. This is because I think Jodee had done a great job at showing the details and aspect of her childhood. The way she words things and told her story really just puts you in a place where you can feel her pain. I believe this book can help others out who could be going through the same exact thing. Such an inspiration.

Citations

-Tapestryofgrace. N.p., 2012. Web.

-Sptimes. N.p., June-July 2003. Web.

-Jodeeblanco. N.p., n.d. Web. 2016.

-Youtube. Manistee News Advocate, Apr.-May 2012. Web.

-"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. The Blanco Group, n.d. Web. 13 May 2016.

-"Honor’s Blog “Please Stop Laughing at Me”." The Eagle's Eye. SNO, n.d. Web. 13 May 2016.