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 disaster, 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 today.
This powerful 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, and how bullying has been mishandled by the mental health community. Young Adult.
The author shares the cruelty that was heaped on her by her classmates when she was labled a freak in high school, describing what it meant to be an outcast among one's peers, the realities and consequences of bullying, and her struggle to overcome the torment.
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 misunderstood and mishandled.
Table of Contents
Old ghosts come back to haunt me -- Trying to soar on broken wings -- Rainbows lost -- Darkening skies -- Struggling for air -- Fagile hope -- Glimpses of the swan -- High school horrors -- Discovering Atlantis -- Freak show -- An unexpected haven -- The reconstructionist -- The turning point -- The reunion.