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Blubber is a good name for her, the note from Wendy says about Linda. Jill crumples it up and leaves it on the corner of her desk. She doesn't want to think about Linda or her dumb report on the whale just now. Jill wants to think about Halloween.

But Robby grabs the note, and before Linda stops talking it has gone halfway around the room.

That's where it all starts. There's
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Paperback, 127 pages
Published 2006 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 1974)
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Julie
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-the-middle
Well, if you think that nothing has improved in American classrooms since 1974. . . may I submit this book as evidence?

Holy humpback whale, this middle grades novel, Blubber, is like a relic from a time capsule, and my 11-year-old accused me (several times) of making up parts of it as I read it to her aloud this week. (Does she really think I'm that hard up for entertainment??)

I assured her that this book was based on a real time period, and I'm an expert in knowing that this shit is real becau
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Gigi
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Claire
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Julio Genao
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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?
Kristine Hansen
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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John Harder
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Vanessa
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure what the first Judy Blume book I read was—it may have been Freckle Juice—but my love for her definitely ignited when our teacher read us Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing when I was in the fourth grade class of St. Mary’s. I read a lot, but Judy Blume was the first author I really loved and that love demanded I read all of her books available at the time (including Wifey, which I...regret.) I had a boxed set of her books which included Nothing, my beloved Are You There God? It's Me, M ...more
Tatevik Najaryan
4.5⭐
The world is full of books I've missed as a child. I liked this one. Not as funny as Fudge stories, but in a way you're not getting bored, even if it's for five grade teens. What I liked about this book, was the good massage for schoolchildren who are bullying and are getting bullyed. This is one of the books you read and tell yourself "I should read this to my children". Not because it's a good story, but because it's a good lesson!
Manybooks
While I most certainly have NEVER found Blubber all that enjoyable as a personal reading experience (and really, as someone who did experience much nasty bullying at school, more than a trifle too close to home so to speak to be in any way comforting, cheering or uplifting) I have indeed always considered (both then and now) that Judy Blume has most definitely and painfully realistically captured not only bullying, but also that the tormenters can and do sometimes become the tormented (such as n ...more
Alissa Patrick
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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 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
Candychaser21
Sep 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ouch! I absolutely despised this book! I usually like this author, and have enjoyed quite a few of her books, but this really made me mad. Usually when a book is about bullying there are at least one person who isn't a bad person right? Or at least they learn some sort of lesson or change at some point.. In this book, NOPE! There was not a single like able person or teachable moment in this, and being geared towards kids I think this is an AWFUL book for kids to read because kids learn from thei ...more
Fuzaila
Am I the only one who thinks Judy Blume books are overtly dramatic or is it just that I'm blissfully ignorant of the trends in friendship and schooling in the West that her books apparently represent?

This book was supposed to be middle-grade and enlightening for kids. It's about bullying and the popularity hierarchy in middle school that no one talks about. Linda Fisher is constantly bullied by Wendy, the smartest girl in class, and her friends. Jill Brenner, our narrator, is a part of the bully
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Tori (Book Chick)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I remembered loving this book when I was in 4th grade. This week, reading it as an adult, as a mom, with my 12 yr old... I have no idea why I loved it so much before. I've never wanted to punch a 5th grader in the face like I did while reading this book. Wendy, and her little minions, needed their butts whooped. I wanted Linda to start beating Wendy with her lunch pail, like Mary Ingalls and all the girls did to the bully on Little House on the Prairie.
When we finished reading the book tonight m
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Kathryn in FL
Judy Blume touched my life in many ways. When I was growing up, many situations were ignored by writers in books for children and young adults. While there were some stories of bullying or childhood challenges, they weren't specific. The reader might vaguely identify with the situation but it was Blume who tackled this head on.

This book really spoke to me in the bullying I experienced and I read it more than once. A friend mentions that the bullies didn't get punished. In real life, bullies seld
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Adira
Oct 07, 2013 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
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Alison
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kudos to Blume for not sugar coating the issue of bullying. It was tough to read about poor Linda being victimized day after day but it was even worse that NONE of the adults showed any concern or tried to find out what was going on. The teacher turned a blind eye, the principal accepted anything the popular kids told him, the bus driver was oblivious to horrible treatment happening on his bus and the parents didn't seem to care about the well being of their children. That, and the fact there is ...more
Susan Crowe
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dtbs, 2019-books
It was different reading this as an adult than as a ten year old. Still a 5* book. Thank you Judy Blume for giving us the gift of these books!
Katie Fitzgerald
When Linda Fischer gives a report on whales to Jill Brenner's fifth grade class, Jill's classmate Wendy begins calling Linda by the cruel nickname of Blubber. Soon, everyone in the class is in on the joke, and Jill is dressing as a flenser - one who removes the blubber from dead whales - for Halloween. For weeks afterward, Linda is the target of increasingly mean attacks that are both psychological and physical in nature. Jill never sees anything particularly wrong about her treatment of Linda u ...more
Lucy
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Maeng
HQIS G9
September 27, 2019
Ms. Kruger

This is the review of Blubber by Judy Blume.
The book Blubber is detailed and formed about the power and bullying among fifth-grade students. Linda who gets bullied by classmates. Linda reports about the whale, and other students start calling her "Blubber." Jill is the narrator also the main character of this novel. Jill along with the bullied but later realizes that the mean friends are not real friends. When she becomes the target of bullying by f
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Aimee Massey
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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Pallavi
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
****4.0****
In fifth grade class, when Linda gives a report on Whales, she becomes target of bullying. Wendy, a girl who likes to control the class begins to call Linda with a cruel name "Blubber". The class follows her name-calling and so does our protagonist Jill. Jill doesn't have any particular grudge on anybody in the class, but just to be in the boat, she follows Wendy.

The story follows Jill at her house with her family and at school. Different fun kids have at that age along with bul
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Janete
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
So, the bullies weren't punished? Linda was humiliated several times, being called Blubber, and she didn't speak to her mother, to her teacher, or to the principal? And in the end, Linda goes on alone without friends? And the book's narrator that practiced bullying against Linda ended up happy? I can't believe in it! Maybe my English knowledge isn't good enough because English isn't my mother language and I didn't understand the book...
Sweet on Books
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Flink
Apr 29, 2011 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
Regan Stone
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Fawn
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favourite books as a kid (from my favourite childhood author). I just finished reading it to my own kids. I don’t remember the bullying scenes being so horrendous as a a kid and I felt really uncomfortable reading them. They were necessary for the book, though, and helped put the message across. Judy wrote a short blurb at the end that says why she wrote the book and that really adds to it. It opened up such a great conversation with my kids about bullying and standing up for ...more
🌱Brit 🌔
I read this as part of a reading challenge to reread a book from your childhood. I remember reading this book several times as a child; I loved all of Judy Blooms books. This is a tough read as an adult, it’s so disheartening to know that this is what actually occurs in schools, and is looked at as a normal part of growing up. I’d like to say it’s an important read for children, but I honestly don’t recall it being an impactful story during my childhood.
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