History Literature / Blubber

28th Jul '16 8:44:01 PM PaulA
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* PottyEmergency: Two girls caught TP-ing a neighbor's yard are punished by having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.
28th Jul '16 8:18:58 PM PaulA
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* DeceptivelySillyTitle: The title sounds silly, but it's actually the mean-spirited nickname given to an overweight girl by her bullying peers. The book is a harshly realistic look at bullying.



%%* KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.

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%%* * KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.Even the main character partakes in the bullying of an overweight loner. When she gets bullied herself, it's no longer a laughing manner. Parents have been known to complain that no one gets punished at the end.
28th Jul '16 7:31:42 PM PaulA
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''Blubber'' is a novel by Creator/JudyBlume, first published in 1974.



''Blubber'' was first published by JudyBlume in 1974 and was banned from many school libraries and reading lists because of violence and language.

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''Blubber'' was first published by JudyBlume in 1974 and was banned from many school libraries and reading lists because of violence and language.
13th May '16 3:24:16 PM GarrulousTiger
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* AdultsAreUseless: The teachers scold the kids occasionally for their antics, but never make a move to stop it. Jill's mother comforts her when the class turns on her, but doesn't step in to actually ''help'' her.

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* AdultsAreUseless: The teachers scold the kids occasionally for their antics, but never make a move to stop it. Jill's mother comforts her when the class turns on her, but doesn't step in to actually ''help'' her. When Jill and Tracy are forced to rake Mr. Machinist's yard as punishment for their prank, Jill's dad defends the girls when Machinist (rightly, at least in Jill's case) calls them "brats," and afterward doesn't disagree when Jill remarks that Machinist really ''did'' deserve the prank, thus ensuring that Jill hasn't learned a thing from this.



** Probably the only adult in the book with any bite at all is the no-nonsense music teacher, Miss Rothbelle, who punishes the entire class for playing a prank on Linda during a choir concert (and even that was only with an after-school detention, which had absolutely no effect).

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** Probably the only adult in the book with any bite at all is the no-nonsense music teacher, Mr. Machinist, and to a somewhat lesser extent Miss Rothbelle, Rothbelle.
** And probably the only adult in the book
who punishes ''isn't'' useless is the entire class for playing nanny, Mrs. Sandmeier, who seems to fill a prank on Linda during a choir concert (and even role similar to Ole Golly in HarrietTheSpy in that was only with an after-school detention, which had absolutely no effect).she does more parenting than both of Jill's parents put together. It's telling that when the tables turn on Jill, the first person she tells about it (in a letter) is Mrs. Sandmeier (although, being on vacation in Switzerland, Mrs. Sandmeier isn't in a position to help).



* BreakTheHaughty: Actually averted, because Jill doesn't really learn anything (or at least not the lesson she SHOULD have learned) from becoming the target of bullying herself.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Actually averted, Averted, because Jill doesn't really learn anything (or at least not the lesson she SHOULD have learned) from becoming the target of bullying herself.
3rd May '16 11:31:41 PM Adept
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* AlphaBitch: Wendy
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kenny Brenner
* [[BlackBestFriend Chinese Best Friend]]: Tracy Wu
* BerserkButton: Never call Jill's best friend Tracy a racial slur. Ever.

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* AlphaBitch: Wendy
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Wendy is the de facto leader of Jill's class. Almost everyone in the class obeys Wendy, and even teacher would believe her words over everyone else's.
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AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kenny Brenner
* [[BlackBestFriend Chinese Best Friend]]: Tracy Wu
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%%* BerserkButton: Never call Jill's best friend Tracy a racial slur. Ever.



* TheBully: Wendy

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* TheBully: WendyWendy is the one who started bullying Linda, and, later, had the whole class turn on Jill when the latter defied her.



* DoubleStandard: Touched on regarding overweight males versus overweight females. Jill notes that one of the boys gleefully tormenting Linda is extremely overweight. Even better, he's jumping rope to a mocking chant directed towards the title character. Special attention is called to his undulating rolls of fat in the narration.

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* DoubleStandard: Touched on regarding overweight males versus overweight females. Jill notes that one of the boys gleefully tormenting Linda for her "blubber" is extremely overweight.overweight and is, in fact, fatter than her. Even better, he's jumping rope to a mocking chant directed towards the title character. Special attention is called to his undulating rolls of fat in the narration.



* InformedDeformity: Linda is apparently the fattest girl in the class, but on the cover art she doesn't look any heavier than the rest of the girls.
** Lampshaded in the book. Jill admits that she doesn't know why they all go after Linda to torment, as Linda really isn't all that big.
* KarmaHoudini: Wendy, again.

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* InformedDeformity: Linda is apparently the fattest girl in the class, but on the cover art she doesn't look any heavier than the rest of the girls.
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girls. Lampshaded in the book. Jill admits that she doesn't know why they all go after Linda to torment, as Linda really isn't all that big.
* KarmaHoudini: Wendy, again.Wendy never received any punishments despite being the ring leader of two massive bullying.



* KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.
* LonersAreFreaks: Poor Linda…

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* %%* KidsAreCruel: And ''how''.
* %%* LonersAreFreaks: Poor Linda…



* [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good Classmate]]: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.

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* [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good Classmate]]: TokenGoodTeammate: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.



* VillainProtagonist: Jill
2nd Aug '15 4:37:40 PM SaraJaye
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* AllGirlsLikePonies: Donna actually wants to ''marry'' a horse when she grows up. She even has one picked out, his name is San Salvadore.
2nd Aug '15 4:36:59 PM SaraJaye
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* BetaBitch: Caroline mostly, although Donna and Jill herself also fill this role.

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* BetaBitch: Caroline mostly, although Donna and Jill herself also fill this role. Jill actually calls attention to this near the end, calling Caroline out on being Wendy's lapdog when they corner her in the bathroom.



* PickyEater: Jill doesn't like a lot of things, including Chinese food and the menu at Warren's Bar Mitzvah. It's possibly the reason she's so skinny, and she's actually called out for it a few times.



* ShutUpHannibal: Jill ''does'' eventually call Wendy on her bullshit, even if in the end it amounts to little.
* [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good Classmate]]: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Jill ''does'' eventually call Wendy on her bullshit, even if in the end it amounts to little.
little. (All it does is cost Wendy her friendship Caroline.)
* [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good Classmate]]: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Jill loves peanut butter sandwiches, to the point where she sneaks one to Warren's Bar Mitzvah to eat when she doesn't like the food provided. One of the starting points for her friendship with Rochelle is that Rochelle has a peanut butter sandwich too.
2nd Aug '15 4:22:38 PM SaraJaye
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* KeepAway: Played first with Linda's notebook, then later Jill's math book.
6th Jun '15 3:44:14 PM ChrisInMI
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** Even when Linda actually tells authority figures about the bullying, the adults either pay no attention to her, don't believe her, simply don't care, or all of the above. Even when the principal addresses the entire class after one incident, Wendy cooks up an outrageous cockamamie story to "explain", and the principal and the teacher swallow it hook, line and sinker. Part of it could be Mrs. Minish's refusal to believe that her kids could be so cruel (that line of dialogue is even the title of one chapter in the book).
** Worse yet, they blame the victim. Wendy trips Linda as she's walking down the aisle and Mrs. Minish tells Linda to "be more careful." When the class starts playing catch with Linda's apple at lunchtime and the apple ends up on the floor when the lunch monitor walks in, it's Linda who gets yelled at because it's her apple. And later, after Jill has become the victim of bullying and is attacked at her bus stop, scattering her books and papers all over, the bus driver yells at Jill for taking too long to get her things back together. In the understatement of the year, even Jill's mother suggests it's Jill's own fault she's getting bullied because she's "a pretty tough character".

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** Even when Linda actually tells authority figures about the bullying, the adults either pay no attention to her, don't believe her, simply don't care, or all of the above. Even when the principal addresses the entire class after one incident, Wendy cooks up an outrageous cockamamie lie of a story to "explain", and the principal and the teacher swallow it hook, line and sinker. Part of it could be Mrs. Minish's refusal to believe that her kids could be so cruel (that line of dialogue is even the title of one chapter in the book).
** Worse yet, they blame the victim. Wendy trips Linda as she's walking down the aisle and Mrs. Minish tells Linda to "be more careful." When the class starts playing catch with Linda's apple at lunchtime and the apple ends up on the floor when the lunch monitor walks in, it's Linda who gets yelled at because it's her apple. And later, after Jill has become the victim of bullying and is attacked at her bus stop, scattering her books and papers all over, the bus driver yells at Jill for taking too long to get her things back together. In the understatement of the year, even Even Jill's mother suggests it's Jill's own fault she's getting bullied because she's "a pretty tough character".
6th Jun '15 3:43:03 PM ChrisInMI
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** Worse yet, they blame the victim. Wendy trips Linda as she's walking down the aisle and Mrs. Minish tells Linda to "be more careful." When the class starts playing catch with Linda's apple at lunchtime and the apple ends up on the floor when the lunch monitor walks in, it's Linda who gets yelled at because it's her apple. And later, after Jill has become the victim of bullying and is attacked at her bus stop, scattering her books and papers all over, the bus driver yells at Jill for taking too long to get her things back together.

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** Even when Linda actually tells authority figures about the bullying, the adults either pay no attention to her, don't believe her, simply don't care, or all of the above. Even when the principal addresses the entire class after one incident, Wendy cooks up an outrageous cockamamie story to "explain", and the principal and the teacher swallow it hook, line and sinker. Part of it could be Mrs. Minish's refusal to believe that her kids could be so cruel (that line of dialogue is even the title of one chapter in the book).
** Worse yet, they blame the victim. Wendy trips Linda as she's walking down the aisle and Mrs. Minish tells Linda to "be more careful." When the class starts playing catch with Linda's apple at lunchtime and the apple ends up on the floor when the lunch monitor walks in, it's Linda who gets yelled at because it's her apple. And later, after Jill has become the victim of bullying and is attacked at her bus stop, scattering her books and papers all over, the bus driver yells at Jill for taking too long to get her things back together. In the understatement of the year, even Jill's mother suggests it's Jill's own fault she's getting bullied because she's "a pretty tough character".
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