Please Stop Laughing at Me …by national bestselling author and speaker, Jodee Blanco, was an intensely emotional, gripping, and inspirational book. It was hard book to read, with all the stuff that went on. Jodee Blanco, the author, was also the young girl, who was bullied for many years while in school. She was a gifted young girl who was different. She was not like other kids and it seemed that they knew it. She was the kind of her person who stood up for the little guy and as a result, was picked on and bullied because she didn’t conform to the norm.
Today, Jodee Blanco is national bestselling author, speaker, and a publisher, but as a young woman growing up, she was one of the most hated girls in her schools. She was picked on and bullied throughout her teen years. She wanted to be liked and loved, but she did not want to do what the others did, so she was considered different and as a result, lived the life of a lonely child. She had loving parents but they did not really understand what it was like to be her. She had lots of relatives who loved and supported her too. She did not have many friends and the ones she did have growing up usually did not want others to know that they were friends. It was really bad growing up as she tells in her book. She went to several schools during the years she was in school because it was so bad. She tried many times to do conform but her conscience and the way she was raised would eventually rise up and it would give her problems again. She led a lonely life of just trying to get through the days until she was older.
Jodee’s life was made a living hell by fellow students who would go out of their way to make her life miserable. As I was reading this book, I was feeling so many negative emotions towards the ones who were doing this to her. I processed this book for the library and it interested me. I really did not know what I was getting myself into when I started reading it but I am glad that I did. It did bring back some memories for me when I was a teenager. Oh, nothing as bad as what happens in this book with Jodee, but I do remember some instances. It was basically name calling and I don’t recall anything worse than that. I was liked but I mostly kept to myself and I was left alone. I loved the learning and all that in school so people would call me a nerd or teacher’s pet. I remember one time when grades were given out by one of my teachers and someone had snidely said that I would most likely get an A or a B. So I understand some of where Jodee was coming from but the rest; I cannot begin to understand the horrors that she endured. Kids these days are horrible to those who they consider different and will make lives horrible until something bad happens. When that happens, everyone is aghast and wondered where we all went wrong.
This book opened my eyes to the horrible and sad side to the life of a child being bullied. At least Jodee Blanco opened my eyes to what she went through and what needs to be done. It was horrible to read what she went through and endured. She has made it through those years and though she will be forever scarred by it, she has started something to help those who need it. She has a website and she is a promotional speaker. I highly recommend this book to read because if it does the half the things that it to me to you, then one more person has their eyes opened to what happens in this world.