Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Please Stop Laughing at Me...

From the publisher: This powerful, unforgettable memoir chronicles how one child was shunned--and even physically abused--by her classmates from elementary school through high school. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be the outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it all wrong, why schools are often unable to prevent disaster, and how bullying has been misunderstood and mishandled by the mental health community.

Please Stop Laughing at Me definitely kept the reader’s attention. I wanted to see if her next school, or new situation would help change the horrible cycle Jodee found herself in. As a teacher the book challenged me to continue to take seriously what my students say and to be ever aware of bullying. Something I struggled with in the book was how it seemed impossible to stop the cycle of abuse that she was in because it came from her having morals and standing up for what was right. Her mature stance was what most parents would want from a child, especially going through all the temptations of high school. Yet, as the book progressed it seemed that the “normal” things that “everyone was doing” was what Jodee craved. As a Christian it was hard for me to read about her excitement over a boy’s sexual interest to her as a positive thing. The book makes you want Jodee to fit in and be normal that when things are progressing with her boyfriend in ways that aren’t appropriate, as the reader you almost are happy with her. I struggled with that.

It was still an interesting story that should make teachers, physicians, and parents really take a look at what is going on in students’ lives and evaluate how they are responding.

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1 comment:

  1. This book would have been a hard one for me to read. But I know it's a subject that we all need to keep an eye on, especially those with or working with children.