Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story
Please Stop Laughing at Me One Woman's Inspirational Story Author:Jodee Blanco 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 shunnedand sometimes physically abusedby he... more »r 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. You will be shocked, moved, and ultimately inspired by this harrowing tale of survival against insurmountable odds. This vivid story will open your eyes to the harsh realities and long-term consequences of bullyingand how all of us can make a difference in the lives of teens today.« less
I'm with the other person that said this story seems a bit far-fetched. While I appreciate the idea behind the book, about wanting to help other people, I don't particularly believe that everything in this book is true. I was bullied severely in school, to the point that I dropped out of high school. The abuse was hardly ever physical. The abusers usually don't want to do anything by mentally beat you down. Thats why I find some of the physical abuse in this book hard to believe.
The whole story seems like some sort of fantasy she was having. Going to Greece and "finding" herself and the school reunion and all that fluff just seems like some sort of fairy tale going on in her head. It isn't likely that this story is true, so don't fall for it.
Interesting look into middle school/high school bullying. Some of the author's accounts are so vicious, they seem to be exaggerated, but then I grew up in a small town, so who's to say? Her teacher actually cut down mentally challenged individuals, C'mon now...so hard to believe! The author apparently thinks highly of herself now, and is quite accomplished. The high school reunion account was a bit nauseating.
I honestly could not finish reading this book. Not that I condone bullying in any form, but, the author honestly made me feel like I started to think she might be climbing up on a cross a little. A third of they way through the book I simply said "Ok, seriously? Enough already." My heart goes out to anyone who is abused in any way, shape or form, however, if your peers are relentlessly picking on you every single day, why would you supply them with ample amounts of ammunition to (in their minds) justify their actions? Very disappointing read.
Lazara B. (lborbon) reviewed Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story on
Helpful Score: 3
This book shows alot of what goes on in schools today and the true life of alot of kids now a days that their family and close friends if any do not know about. extreme bullying is hidden, left untouched by everyone and cruel.It is was a heart wrenching book about a girl who had friends but was not popular because she was a sweetheart..which kids just try to fit in and be the "cool" kids. It was sad to read but was a great read. read it twice!
I (also) could not finish this book. I read two thirds and then decided I was wasting my time. I am a mom of a teenager and bullying is a subject we've often discussed. This is a subject all parents should be talking to their kids about throughout their school years.
I found this book way 'off balance'at best. Anyone who paints a picture of themselves as always the innocent is suspect in my mind. There are far better books out there to educate someone about abuse. My two recommendations would be: 'The Emotionally Abusive Relationship' by Patricia Evans and 'Emotional Blackmail' by Susan Forward.
Amanda (Amanda210) - , reviewed Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story on
Like some of the other reviewers, I had a hard time believing anyone would or could endure this much torment and physical abuse. ( I was verbally bullied by kids for a few years which is why I wanted to read this book) Nowadays,the cops would intervene, the principals would be put before the board, the parents would be sued and the school board members would cover it up and make amends real fast!
It was actually painful to keep reading this. I have the feeling Jodee left a LOT out.
Furthermore, after enduring all that abuse, she goes to her High school reunion and the former bullies suddenly turn into saints because they have a memory block and cant remember how cruel they were to Jodee!