Synopses & Reviews
While other kids were daydreaming about dances, first kisses and college, Jodee Blanco was just trying to figure out how to get from homeroom to study hall without being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.
This powerful, unforgettable memoir chronicles how one child was shunned - and sometimes physically abused - by her classmates from elementary school through high school. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be the outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it all wrong, why schools are often unable to prevent diasaster and how bullying has been misunderstood and mishandled by the mental health community.
You will be shocked, moved and ultimately inspired by this harrowing tale of survival against insurmountable odds. This vivid story will open your eyes to the harsh realities and long-term consequences of bullying - and how all of us can make a difference in the lives of teens.
About the Author
Survivor, expert and activist, Jodee Blanco is one of the country's pre-eminent voices on the subject of school bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Please Stop Laughing At Me...She is also a youth advocate and the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed, "Its NOT Just Joking Around!" anti-bullying program. Blanco's life story has been featured in Parade, Teen Newsweek, USA Today, Teen Guideposts, Hispanic, The Chicago Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times, hundreds of local daily newspapers across the United States, and is part of a permanent exhibit at the Chicago National Historical Society.