Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Please Stop Laughing at Me, by Jodee Blanco

Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True StoryPlease Stop Laughing at Me,  is a painful account of the writer's experience with having been bullied from junior high through high school. Blanco's story is that she was very much a misfit in junior high and became a target for bullies due to having the sort of soft, sensitive personality that tends to get ground under a lot in the face of the kinds of practical jokes and casual cruelty that kids have a tendency to engage in. Her situation is generally made worse by a sincere effort on her part to try getting along with everyone, and trying to fit in. (She does not say this in the book, this is my interpretation of the situation.) In addition, a congenital deformity that only appears in puberty results in making her even more of a target of the students of the school she went to.

Please Stop Laughing at Me