An entertainment industry publicist before becoming an antibullying crusader, Blanco (Please Stop Laughing at Me) was a victim of bullying from fifth grade through high school. For Blanco, bullying is a broad term-it's not "just the mean things you do, it's all the nice things you never do." For her, even the Columbine shootings were a result of students marginalized by bullying. She offers many stories of tearful children who have been the subject of abuse, and offers her own advice to thwart and/or deal with bullying, but in the end, she doesn't truly persuade readers that her remedies are effective. As an "Adult Survivor of Peer Abuse," her personal experience gives her all the insight she thinks she needs-it's only "clinical experts" who need theories and evidence ("there are clinical experts who might scoff at me for trying to give comfort and guidance"). She retells frequently the story of how she overcame-and forgave-her own bullies at her 20th high school reunion. Her former tormentors just seem to have decided to accept her after 20 years: a happy ending, but hardly a winning strategy for a troubled teen today. Blanco tells readers she has counseled countless students, victims and bullies alike, and while her stories are dramatic, neither the dialogue nor the instant results seem authentic. Readers looking for advice based on concrete fieldwork should turn to Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Please Stop Laughing at Us...: One Survivor's Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullyingby Jodee Blanco
Drawing from her own history as a bullied child, Jodee Blanco tells how she was able to convert her painful childhood into a survivor's guide for peer-abused children. Far more than a memoir, the book offers specific solutions to specific problems. Listeners learn how to identify and help a bullied child, how to distinguish between different types of bullying … See more details below
Drawing from her own history as a bullied child, Jodee Blanco tells how she was able to convert her painful childhood into a survivor's guide for peer-abused children. Far more than a memoir, the book offers specific solutions to specific problems. Listeners learn how to identify and help a bullied child, how to distinguish between different types of bullying what's innocuous and what's dangerous, why adult logic doesn't work with teenagers, new disciplinary methods, and much more.
Blanco, the author of Please Stop Laughing at Me, is back-full of herself, proud of all she has become, anxious to share her story with the world, and ever mindful of her terrible life as a bullied teenager. Readers familiar with her earlier book will remember how she obsessed about not being in the popular crowd, had breast surgery at 16, drove her dad's company car to school, and, again, worried incessantly about being unpopular. In this sequel, Blanco recounts her (mostly pro bono) speaking engagements all over the country, her one-on-ones with downtrodden students, and her phenomenal success at getting her message heard. "I feel proud I was able to overcome my fears," she writes; "I...was wanting a normal life...not jetting from exotic location to exotic location hobnobbing with the powerful and elite all day." Had Blanco shared solid, usable advice for bullying situations (e.g., don't ignore it; teasing should not be regarded as a normal part of growing up), parts of this book could have been valuable. And if she were to write with correct grammar, it could have been readable. However, like her previous book, this one is only about Blanco. Please stop being so impressed with yourself, Jodee! Not recommended.
Linda Beck Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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