Before beginning Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco I knew it would not be an easy read.
Blanco’s incredible memoir of her childhood and teenage years as a victim of bullying recounts how it felt to be the outcast as well as the physical and emotional effects she experienced.
While I experienced minor verbal bullying in school Blanco’s tales of the brutality her peers subjected her to was shocking. Never feeling like she fit even as a child at ten years old. A heart for children with special needs, she was ridiculed for befriending them. Throughout the years Blanco tried to fit in by hiding her true personality, but the bullying would only ease for brief times.
Not only is Please Stop Laughing at Me a memoir of one girl’s life it also brings light to how even the most well meaning adults can be misguided with how they try and help victims of bullying. Blanco is also very honest about the feelings of anger and depression that surfaced as a result of the incessant taunting and pain she endured.
If you have children or work with children in any way I recommend Please Stop Laughing at Me. No child should endure the horrors Blanco experienced as a child and teen.
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