Book Review | Please Stop Laughing At Me
Author: Jodee Blanco
Bullying has also been an issue that was close to my heart as I have seen the effect that bullying can have on people, even many years later. That was why I was interested in reading Please Stop Laughing At Me by Jodee Blanco. I had heard from a few friends that it was a good book but I wanted to read it for myself.
Please Stop Laughing At Me chronicles that bullying and abuse that Blanco experienced during her childhood and teenage years. Because of a variety of circumstances, which Blanco explains, she suffered cruel and horrific treatment by her peers in a number of different schools. At times, Blanco felt that she couldn’t even turn to her parents, who saw the pattern as something that was lacking in her and she was terrified that she would be forced to see a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, however, Blanco finally finds acceptance from some close friends and has some unique experiences that allow her to see that her life can be different. The story ends with Blanco’s return to her high school reunion (at the eve of the release of her book), where she is able to face those who hurt her and speak to them as one adult to another.
Though this book saddened me tremendously, I really appreciated this book and the honesty that permeates it. Despite the fact that some people do not understand or accept it, this horrible type of bullying does happen to many children and youth. I admire Jodee Blanco’s willingness to share her experiences so that others can understand how it feels to be bullied and how this type of bullying can affect all aspects of a person’s life. She speaks candidly about her desire to die at various points in her life and I admire her for her willingness to be so honest. I am really glad that she also included the story of her return to her roots when she attended her high school reunion and about how it made her feel.
I would recommend this book for teens, because I think it might help them understand how their actions make others feel, as well as parents. I’d also venture to say that I believe that Please Stop Laughing At Me is a great book for all adults because, sadly, bullying does not always end when people reach adulthood. I think Jodee Blanco shares her perspective in such a candid manner that it is an excellent book for anyone interested in the topic.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*