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Please Stop Laughing at Me... One Woman's Inspirational Story

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  11,547 ratings  ·  1,187 reviews
In her poignant work, Jodee Blanco tells how school became a frightening and painful place, where threats, humiliation, and assault were as much a part of her daily experience as bubblegum and lip-gloss were for others. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be an outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it wrong, why schools fail, and how bullying is both ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Adams Media (first published February 1st 2003)
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Kewpie
Dec 21, 2007 rated it did not like it
I was so excited when I saw this book on the shelf. I was badly bullied in school. I had a very similar background to Jodee. I am about her age, and at the time, school administrators ignored bullying or tried to blame the victim. My parents also moved me from school to school but that only made matters worse. I was also physically and mentally abused. I was also socially isolated in schools for most of my growing up.

I REALLY wanted to like this book. I However, Jodee turned out to be one of the
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Sherri
Apr 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir-biography
This is supposed to be a true story about the author's life, and how she was bullied all through school. As an adult she became a famous publicist and has gone on to lecture about bullying. The book started off ok but then became harder to believe; eventually it didn't seem to ring true at all.

The author states how she is traumatized and the book was described on the jacket as, "...harrowing tale of survival against insurmountable odds." but the story wasn't like that at all. It seemed that Ms.
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Homeschoolmama
Jul 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
This was a terrible book. I saw it at the grocery store and thought the cover looked interesting.. But the book itself was shallow, dishonest and lacking in depth. The author writes about being bullied at every school she went to. She portrays herself as a a good do-be, while bragging about her intelligence and accomplishments, and expressing bewilderment as to why she is being picked on. Well, maybe it has something to do w/her bragging and arrogance. Her self pitying , whining, condescending t ...more
Kylie
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Melissa
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying that I am a special education teacher and my brother was constantly teased because of a physical disability. With that being said, I thought this book was just annoying.

The story is about a girl who moves through school after school after school and continues to be tormented by her classmates for various reason. And by tormented, I mean physically assaulted on a daily basis. The kids were downright evil, the teachers were nasty, and her parents seemed like morons.

I hones
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Jen
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I finished it in one day and can't recommend it enough. As a victim of peer abuse in middle school (though not to the level Blanco was tormented), I could relate with a lot of her pain. It's a tremendous story of personal courage and standing up for what you know is right in the face of adversity.
Molly Conlin
Jun 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was a huge disappointment to me. I was under the impression that the book would hold answers on how to cope with bullying, or how to prevent it, or how this woman overcame her life of unfair treatment in highschool. However, this book contained nothing of the sort.

Throughout the book, Jodee Blanco told her tale, whether true or exaggerated, as though she was a martyr and that bad things only ever happened to her. However, it came off as whiney and, at times, arrogant. She built hersel
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Abby
Jun 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read this in one sitting because I couldn't bear the thought of having to pick it up to finish later. It was the worst book I've read in ages. Moreover, I have strong doubts about the validity of the stories told in part because there are anachronistic inconsistencies (for example: call waiting in a story that clearly took place in the late 70s/early 80s considering her favorite band was STYX).

The dialogue is downright horrible; it doesn't even attempt to ring true and contributes a jarring i
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Arlene
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2009, awful
I had a hard time reading Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco, probably because I questioned the accuracy of her story. I feel bad saying this if it truly is a completely accurate account of her life in middle and high school, but as I continued to read on, I gradually questioned the creditability of the content. I didn't think it was meant to read as a fictional story, but some of the incidences described were a little too absurd to take for face value.

Here are some of the examples I fou
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Meaghan
Sep 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers and parents
I don't see what was so "inspirational" about Please Stop Laughing at Me. Mainly it was one long whine about how the author was bullied throughout her school years. I'm a survivor of bullying myself and her stories rang true, but Jodee Blanco's so-called "insights" rang hollow. She might as well have just said, "I got treated horribly in school, but I'm a stronger person now" instead of having to stretch that one sentence into 276 pages. She also promised to provide answers to the bullying probl ...more
Liz
Jul 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: educators, anyone with children
i am absolutely fascinated by the human mind, so i'm always eating up anything that has to do with psychology, and decided to read this book while i was working as a K-8 substitute teacher. i started wondering why some kids were so damn mean to other kids who seemed so perfectly sweet. i wanted to understand why kids taunted each other, and how i could help curtail this behavior while i was teaching. that was my goal when i set out reading this book. but then i started wondering how many lives i ...more
Lorileinart
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Oh man, this is tough. Let me begin with a nice, positive statement.
I have compassion for people who are/were bullied in school. I WAS bullied in school, so I get it. And some of what Jodee Blanco writes about is gut-wrenching and terribly sad.
BUT...
I have never seen such a bad case of passive-aggressive/martyr syndrome/narcissism in my life. Am I the only one who thinks this?
When a person transfers to about ten different schools in their lifetime, trying to escape the bullying from the last sch
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Kelly Holmes
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I started this book this afternoon and finished it before bedtime. The author's story is engrossing yet so sad. I wasn't popular in school by any means, but luckily I experienced not one iota of what the author had to endure. Hopefully this book will bring bullying to the forefront of parents' and teachers' minds and encourage them to learn more about effective responses to bullying.

My only minor criticism of the book is that I wished the author had commented more on how very lucky she was to ha
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Emily
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I ever read
Cynthia
May 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I know I have been accused in the past of giving some overly harsh reviews; but just trust me on this one, I am being generous this time around with my one-star rating.

Seriously, I don't even know where to start... I was annoyed on so many levels.

Blanco is so self-absorbed and self-important that it's almost impossible to feel any empathy for her as the "victim" of bullying. The only reason she ever really offers for the bullying that plagued her throughout her entire school career is that she
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Dana
May 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
What was this book supposed to be again? Inspirational? A book on tips to prevent bullying?

It wasn't either. It was Jodee Blanco's narcissistic tale of how great she was and how awfully everyone else treated her.

I just didn't understand. She gave NO clues as to why these kids bullied the living crap out of her. She didn't show any signs that she had risen above the horrible people that bullied her. In fact, in the end, she even WANTED them to like her! It made no sense whatsoever. She also had
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Jaymie Gagui
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. From start to finish it was great. Many people have experienced some type of bullying or peer pressure during sometime in their life. Just like Jodee Blanco. I find it interesting how she can go through all the beatings and hurtful things her classmates do to her. This book shows Jodee's highschool life on how she was treated by her peers. In Jodee's perspective, highschool seemed to be the scariest place that she was forced to go to. She shows all the things that happens in he ...more
Dayna
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
What a page-turner in the beginning - I hated those mean kids who kept bullying Jodee and was rooting for her to come out on top. Slowly, however, her holier-than-thou attitude started to shine through, and not only did I begin to dislike her, but also noticed that the bullying situations she described were brought on by her own bratty behavior. I feel like she exaggerated her stories to emphasize her victim-status. I also noticed that she wrote often about cliche situations (which further damag ...more
Andrew
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it
While I had great sympathy for this person and her struggle, I felt the way she compromised herself at its conclusion (the high school reunion) was illustrative more of a bad, long-term case of Stockholm Syndrome than any sort of personal growth. Had she come to that conclusion herself, the book might have redeemed itself on that count. It remains a harrowing account of the bullying experience, however. I'll certainly give it that.
Honestly, one needn't forgive bullies; they are mostly sociopath
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Mary
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's hard to say I enjoyed this book......I was on the verge of tears through most of it. This is a story of an all too frequent headline. Bullying. One of my favorite lines in the book..."the biggest problem with school bullying is mass denial." We HAVE to stop saying "kids will be kids" and start holding them accountable. The author was bullied before the age of social networking. I hate to think how much worse it would have been today.
This is a must read for all parents! Parents of kids who
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vistakombi
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This memoir opened my eyes.

I mean, everyone knows about school bullying and that it exists, but no one does anything about it. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to scream at the kids messing with Jodee throughout her life. There's no doubt that I would have stood up for her and offered to be her friend. The fact that things like this are happening sickens me, and it needs to stop. I've been fortunate enough to have never been bullied, so I can't exactly say that I've been through what Jod
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Laura Davis
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a high rating because it made me think.

Have things changed? (I hope schools are more sensitive and pro active in addressing bullying. I like to think most people are compassionate towards others. I see most students being sympathetic to those with apparent disabilities.)

What is my part of making sure no one I know is bullied or bullies?

Also, there is no excuse for a bully, but why did this happen to her at 3 different schools--any patterns? Anything to be learned from her expe
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Suelynn
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
I would have given this book more stars but some how I feel the author got lost and sort of forgot what it was like to be a teen she began to write more like an adult. She would say things like they don't like me cause I am different or very adult like justifications. It makes sense because she is an adult but I think trying to write it from her younger years experience and point of view she could had gotten into the mind of a 14-17 year old a little bit better.

I really hated how she never knew
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Janie Johnson
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
This was not a planned read for me. I just picked the book up to check it out and I was totally engaged and was halfway through it before I knew it. It was such an emotional read and I felt so many different things, anger, rage, sadness, happiness and even inspiration.

This is a story of Jodee Blanco. It is what she went through from middle school to high school and what it could have cost her in her life. This is a story on the brutality of bullying and what teen age kids must endure at the hand
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Therese
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
I'm just going to bust out with my problems with this book.

I'm no stranger to bullying. I was fat and weird and every day in jr high I didn't get shoved or having something thrown at me, I was grateful (and frustrated and angry and trapped and alone). And I know that there was more at play there than what was on the surface. Those kids weren't evil and I wasn't a saint. There are layers there, complexities.

Not to Blanco. Blanco is sent to a whole bunch of different school over the course of th
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Bg
Sep 28, 2011 added it
I Gave it a Big Zero!!! Forgive me if this review is brutal, but this book really ticked me off. I realize that bullying is a serous issue, but I wanted to burn this book mid-read. It originally caught my eye, because as a teenager I myself was severely bullied to the point of being scared to walk in my neighborhood. But I grew up and got over it. Life goes on. Talk about the author making herself out to be the victim and a martyr. It pains me to see her so oblivious to the fact that she caused ...more
Julie
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I discovered this book as I was reading information online about adult survivors of bullying...I am very concerned that my daughter is going to suffer the same fate as I. I am impressed with the candor of the author, who at times is the victim, but at times does not speak out when she sees others who are being bullied. I am sure it pained her to write about her moments of weakness, which were engendered by a need to be accepted by her peers.

The tone of many Goodreads reviews of this book bothers
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Rachel
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
When I had first saw this book in the list of summer reading choices, I thought it looked like a very good read. However, when I actually sat down to read it I was a bit disappointed.

Firstly, throughout the story Jodee is always talking about how she was so much kinder and smarter than the other girls; which I can agree with to a certain extent. I feel that as the story continued Jodee was letting this get to her head. She seemed to think of herself, or at least write herself, as a perfect pers
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Themarie
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am actually quite surprised at the negative responses to this book, especially those who say that it is "hard to believe." Actually, no, it isn't. This is one of the most honest depictions of schoolyard politics I've ever read. Kids really will become your friend and then turn on you just because the popular kids don't like you. The politics of adolescence really are that volatile. And yes, adults really do blame the victim of bullying for their abuse-- or, worse, they may even bully the kids, ...more
Radia
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author shares the cruelty that was heaped on her by her classmates when she was labeled a freak in high school, describing what it meant to be an outcast among one's peers and her struggle to overcome the torment.
The book truly is a guide for parents, teachers and educationalists to learn how to be more careful about children's school problems, Jodee strongly shows us how she was able to deal with all strangers things that she faced, but the question is : has every child had a potential to p
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Survivor, expert and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of school bullying.

The author of The New York Times bestseller, "Please Stop Laughing At Me . . . One Woman’s Inspirational Story."

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