Tracy's Reviews > Blubber
by Judy Blume
by Judy Blume
This is one Blume book I did not read as a child, so this was my first reading. I don't even know how many stars to give this book. I didn't like the story, but yet it wasn't a one-star book. I didn't like it because there is nothing likeable about any of the characters. We see the story through the eyes of Jill, a seemingly normal 5th-grade girl who collects stamps and likes peanut butter. She lives in a nice home in a good neighborhood and has a group of friends. She is a very ordinary person. When her classmates start bullying (abusing) another classmate, Linda, Jill goes right along with it. Her involvement is thoughtless--she doesn't seem to enjoy it, but also, and here is the part that bothered me, she has no qualms about it AT ALL. She feels no unease, no twinges of "maybe I shouldn't be doing this". She does it because it seems to be the thing to do, and then goes about her day like nothing happened. It made me uncomfortable to think children are really like that, that families are really like that, that parents don't notice what's going on right under their noses. I think this is an important book that points out many realities; I'm just sad life might honestly be like this for some people (both the tormentors and the tormentees).
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