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Blubber ( Si Gembrot)

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Aku punya teman yang paling gendut di kelas, namanya Linda. Dalam suatu tugas sekolah, Linda menyajikan kisah kehidupan ikan paus, dan sejak itu ia dijuluki si Blubber yang berarti lemak ikan paus. Bersama Wendy yang menganggap dirinya penguasa kelas, aku serta teman-teman lainnya menjadikan Linda bulan-bulanan. Kami memaksanya membuka mantelnya, menjegal kakinya hingga ia ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published May 1995 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1974)
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Thorny If you are asking what are the insidious ways in which people abuse each other in it, I can answer that.
A teacher pulls a girl's hair
A girl farts in…more
If you are asking what are the insidious ways in which people abuse each other in it, I can answer that.
A teacher pulls a girl's hair
A girl farts in class and is made fun of
A girl is held while the class looks at her underpants under her skirt
A bully girl manipulates her other 5th grade classmates into humiliating each other
A group of girls corner one and force her to say degrading things about herself before she can get a drink at the water fountain, or use the bathroom at school
Two girls put rotten eggs into the mailbox of someone they don't like
Middle schoolers believe they have the right to decide who is accepted or rejected, mistreated or protected.
It's all "small" stuff that falls under the category of insignificant things children do to one another. But a society that allows that, parents who don't correct that, send a sinister message to its young and most vulnerable citizens - that they are not worth standing up for, that they are "less than", that this is just how children behave.
It sends a dangerous message to children when no adult cares enough to see that their school lunch milk arrives while it is still cold and not soured, that the bus driver tells them to shut up but does nothing in the bullied childrens' defense. It's a societal problem, but it can be solved by families who teach their children right from wrong and are invested enough in their lives to stop bad attitudes and bad behaviors in their tracks.(less)
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Gigi
May 07, 2008 Gigi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I was at the library with my children yesterday when I noticed the Judy Blume books. I loved Judy Bloom when I was younger. So I thought it would be interesting to reread some of them again. Blubber is the one I read last night. I remember when I read it the first time that I really related to the main character, Jill. It is about a 5th grade class who begins to pick on Linda who is overweight. This is day in and out teasing-harassing. Then one day Jill gets on the wrong side of one of the main ...more
Dawn
Oct 10, 2007 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The genius of this book is not that it doesn't impart any moral, it does, but it does so subtly, without condescension. There's no comeuppance for the ringleading bully, no adult interference to save the tormented. Hell, the girl who is picked on isn't all that sympathetic. It's a dark little book, and the darkness works beautifully.
julio
Oct 28, 2013 julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't be a hater.

How many other books have you seen shelved by different goodreads users as—

* mean girls
* teen faves
* childrens
* classics
* middle grade

and

* postmodernism

all at the same time?
Claire
Apr 12, 2008 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-and-ya
My signed copy of Blubber is one of my most prized possessions. This is an honest and sometimes painful to read portrayal of bullying. It does not wrap up neatly, as few real-life bullying situations do, but it does have some important lessons. After reading this book, it is comforting to find Judy Blume's personal note about why she wrote it:
"I wrote Blubber because bullying is often kept a secret by the kids who see it happening, and even by the person who's being bullied. Being bullied feels
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John Harder
Jul 16, 2013 John Harder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is a 46 year old man doing reading literature directed for 12-year-old girls? I could say that my girlfriend made me read it, but it was only a recommendation and I went along willingly. I am glad I did so.

In Blubber a middle school Nazi and her cadre of sheep persecute a marginally overweight girl (This book was written at a time prior to all children being fat. I imagine now they would pick on the slender child). This book confirms all my fears about children and makes me grateful that I
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Alissa Patrick
I LOVE Judy Blume. She is my childhood for sure. When I think about how my love of reading started it was the Big 3 (for me)- Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and Ann M Martin.

I remember reading this one in school but not much about it. It's basically about bullying a girl named Linda, whom everyone calls Blubber (because shes overweight and she does an oral report in class about whales).

I didn't realize what a JERK the main character was. Usually books about bullying are told through the eyes of the
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Peacha
Feb 28, 2012 Peacha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cliquey-pizza
I did a long in-depth review of this - on my site - http://cliqueypizza.wordpress.com/ entitled Judy Blume's Blubber - Ballad of a Bully - as you can see by the title , I wasn't too impressed by the supposed lesson every reader out there, believes we've been taught. Jill is painted as an unremorseful heroine who blames just about everyone for her actions, most specifically - Wendy. While Linda a.k.a Blubber is a most pathetic victim - never is she given one ounce of dignity, everything associate ...more
Kristine Hansen
I finished this book days ago and here I sit, still not entirely sure how to review this. I didn't like the book...much. I hated Jill. I never found anything to like about her at all. She went along with the crowd and even when the tables were turned, she showed no compassion at all, with the attitude of "She shouldn't let other people get to her."

The bullying was traumatic to read about. I'd been bullied as a child in the 70s and this brought back a lot of bad memories. Things happened here tha
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Adira
Oct 07, 2013 Adira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book repulsed me in so many ways. To have to watch (read) as an innocent child is torn to emotional shreds hurts my heart, even if she is a fictional character. Even though Blume tries to give her main character a chance at redemption, I felt like this character was flat, evil, and horrible to anyone who seemed weaker than her. I can't honestly say I loved this book however, I think it's important that kids and adults be taught about bullying. This book is a good conversation starter, but t ...more
Allison H.
Mar 10, 2017 Allison H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Over 35 years after it was first written, Judy Blume’s Blubber still delivers a relevant view of bullying, from the perspective of fifth grader, Jill Brenner. After pudgy Linda presents a classroom assignment on the whale, she is nicknamed “Blubber” by Wendy, the most popular girl at school, and so begins a daily ritual of abuse. While Jill isn’t the leader of the pack, she joins right in, seemingly without any hesitation. Is it peer pressure? When Wendy first writes a note using the name Blubbe ...more
Catherine ♡
A short, quick read about bullying in middle grades. Depicts both sides and for me it was a really quick read! Honestly it didn't grip me, but I did enjoy it.
Amy Flink
Apr 29, 2011 Amy Flink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was 9 and loved it and laughed in spite of myself. I knew it was very mean and cruel. As I reached the climax I suddenly realized that what was happening in the book to the victims (Linda "Blubber" and later Jill) was happening to me all the time with my groups of friends from the time I started school! Even preschool and in neighborhood situations, sadly enough. I have been at the middle (like Jill) and bottom (like Blubber) of the pecking order in cliques so I kno ...more
Lars Guthrie
Jun 13, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judy Blume has a lesson to teach in 'Blubber,' which could be the kiss of death in a children's book. Teaching a lesson often transmogrifies into an adult talking down.

But this novel about bullying is saved by Blume's attention to reality. While the bully--Wendy, one of the few characters here without much depth--gets a kind of comeuppance, Blume offers no pat solutions. Jill, her protagonist, is just as guilty of nasty behavior as Wendy is.

Jill's clueless fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Minnish, an
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CH_Emily Scholnik
Recommended in "Children's Books in Children's Hands."
Banned several times for the following reason, "The characters curse and the mean-spirited ringleader is never punished for her cruelty."
Grade Range 6-10

I think the "reason" this book has been put on many banned book lists is ridiculous personally. Kids curse, follow the leader and can be downright cruel. It is an unfortunate fact of life. If anything, this book should be used as a catalyst for discussion among pre-teen to teenage girls about
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Diana
Sep 25, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, bullying
I hadn't read Blubber since I was in Elementary School, so my memories of the book were a little misleading for me. Reading it again though, as an adult, kind of shocked me. The four stars aren't because I liked it as much as they are for accuracy. Judy Blume captures the outright nastiness of little girls, and it just reminded me too much of ll the bullies I knew in school. The position of power could change easily, and one minute you could be on top and the next minute everyone hates you. My h ...more
Anna
Sep 06, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, paige
Listed with Paige and Harper in the car. It was much more disturbing and much less funny than I remember it being when I was a kid. I really appreciate now Blume's realistic depiction of such scarring situations, as well as how she managed to have her anti-hero struggle herself, while still not wrapping up the solution and tying it with a bow. (In a modern day tale you would expect the girls to become friends in the end.) An interesting contrast to how my girls learn about bullying and bystander ...more
Beth
I knew Blubber was a book about bullying, but for some reason I didn't realize it was told from the perspective of one of the bullies. And despite the fact that there is no real resolution at the end, I think there's a lesson in that for kids just as much as a book that ends neatly. Sometimes in life the bullies don't get their comeuppance, so what other lessons can we take away from reading a book like this if that's the case?
Kathy Worrell  ツ
This book is very difficult to read.

I guess it's because "Blubber" is so true to life. How very sad.

Laurel Newsom
Mar 17, 2017 Laurel Newsom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sheds a light on bullying on those who are not as pretty or as skinny as they should be. The ending made me happier, but before that I was stressed and it made me think if I just sat back and watched people get bullied without doing anything about it. The ending was also a little weird because Linda wasn't mentioned among the new friend circle. Overall a good quick read for adults and a good lesson to learn for young children in elementary school.
Ms. B
Feb 03, 2017 Ms. B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 1980s, 2000s
Girls can be mean; I didn't remember how mean they were in this story until I reread it as an adult to see if I thought kids could still relate to it. It's dated, but if you are looking for a story about the nastiness of bullying or how quickly the tables can turn; this is the book. First Jill is part of the group doing the bullying; then she becomes the one being bullied.
Aimee
I think my main complaint with this book is that it is dishonest. It's fiction, of course, but I feel it's presented to the reader under false pretenses. It is presented as the story of Linda's torment as told by Jill, a reluctant participant in the bullying.
But Jill is not a reluctant participant. She didn't start it, but she was quite happy to go along with ringleader Wendy's schemes, and she never expressed any kind of remorse or reluctance, even to herself. She very obliquely mentions Linda
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Rosa
Mar 07, 2017 Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jill learns the consequences of not standing up for someone.
Jewelianne
I first read this book when I was probably about ten years old, roughly the same age as the characters in the book. I was chubby and bullied, and I remember that I really identified with Linda ("Blubber.") Reading it again as an adult was vaguely painful and very sad. (view spoiler) ...more
Krista Ashe
Mar 13, 2010 Krista Ashe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sara
My God, I remember liking this book and the protagonist when I was in 5th grade which is really ironic because that’s when I started getting picked on by so-called friends. As an adult? WOW. I don’t blame the moral guardians for throwing a fit over this book, so many broken aesops and family unfriendly aesops I don't even know where to begin.

I think if I read this book again now the only characters I’d like would be Linda (because really what did she ever do to these bitches) and Tracy (a loyal
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Kavita Ramesh
Having been the butt of many fat jokes myself—but in college (11th & 12th grade in an Indian college), not school—I could feel for the character being bullied. However, unlike in this book, my bullying came from guys, not girls. [Despite what popular culture would have us believe, I've found guys (of whatever age) to be the bullies, not girls.] And not just bullies but vicious, emotionally (and even physically) abusive bullies...them, and the older "aunts" and "uncles", who start off with th ...more
Stacey
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Karly 8-22
Mar 30, 2008 Karly 8-22 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



The book Blubber is realistic fiction written by Judy Blume. The main characters Jill and Tracy are best friends that are inseparable in Mrs. Minish’s 5th grade class. They love to collect stamps and hang out.
When one of Jill and Tracy’s classmates, Linda who is very shy and doesn’t have many friends, give their report on whales she gets made fun of. She was talking about how whales have blubber and that a flenser is a person who strips the blubber. When a note gets passed around the classroo
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Luz
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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We're Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu ...more
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“think so,” Mom said. “After all, he could have called the police first.” “I think it’s fair too,” Mrs. Wu said. “And …” my father added, “maybe this way you’ll both learn that it’s not up to you to decide who deserves what in this world.” After Tracy and her parents were gone, I went upstairs to get ready for bed. Kenny was in the bathroom, brushing his teeth. When he finished spitting he said, “I heard the whole thing. You really got yourself in big trouble.” “Mind your own business,” I told him. “And wipe that blob of toothpaste off the counter.” Kenny ran his towel along the countertop. “I hope you like raking up leaves. If you’d stayed home like me you wouldn’t be in this mess.” “Oh … shut up, you dumb ass, before I bash your face in!” I heard him laughing all the way to his” 0 likes
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