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Please Stop Laughing at Me by Adams Media

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 A heartbreaking story   July 7, 2013   Report Abuse
By Deona   This is my only review so far.
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When I saw the opportunity to review this book about one woman's story about school bulling, I was interested. I think I was fortunate to have grown up in a school where the kids were respectful and friendly. There never seemed to be any sort of cliques at my high school. Although, middle school was a different story. On that note, I can relate to what Jodee Blanco has to say (to some degree). I mean, I wasn't bullied in a way that she encountered, but I saw it happen to a few of my classmates. Looking back I think I should have tried to stop it, but like Jodee, bulling isn't an easy thing to deal with. In Jodee Blanco's book "Please Stop Laughing at Me.. One Women's Inspirational Story", her life in school was the complete opposite to my life in high school. From the very beginning her friends would tease her for being friends with a girl who was handicapped. How awful I thought that was to make fun of a girl who is handicapped. It went down hill from there. The teasing and taunting escalated into physical abuse and even death threats throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school. I was shocked at how cruel people can be. Even Jodee's own parents didn't take it seriously, thinking "kids will be kids" and bulling is just a part of growing up. I am appalled at how they could say something like that and not care about their child and what happened to her! Bulling should never be a part of growing up. Bulling can be so devastating for the child I have heard of children committing suicide. That being said, I think her parents should have taken this more serious then they did. They put the blame on her and made her see a psychiatrist, thinking that would solve her problem of being an outcast. Parents should understand that it is hard for a child or a teenager to seek help from adults, especially those that brush off bulling and think it isn't a big deal. I think her life would have been so much better if her parents would have helped her through this instead of just taking the easy way out. The one thing that bugged me about the book is that it didn't give enough information on how to overcome bulling. Her story was appalling, but I wanted to know what one could do to get help about abuse. At the end there were only three resources for those that want to find more information about bulling or for those that wish to seek help. You would think that a book about bulling would focus mostly on overcoming bulling, but that isn't the case for this biography. Because of this flaw, I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who wants resources on school bulling and overcoming it. However, I do think it is a must read for people who think bulling isn't a problem. No child should go through what Jodee Blanco had to endure.
I would be interested in another book, if she ever does write another, about helping others with bulling and teasing; she could expand on what this book is all about and help others in need.
Note, I belong to a book review program and I received this book free from the publisher for my honest opinion. These thoughts are my own. I didn't need to leave a positive review.
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