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YMMV / Blubber

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  • Acceptable Targets: Linda is overweight. Subverted when you realize Wendy will bully anyone who dares opposing her. Also subverted in that Bruce, who's described as being fatter than Linda, is easily accepted by his peers.
  • Designated Hero: Jill. We're supposed to cheer for her even when she's being a bratty bitch, and then we're supposed to see her as the poor little victim when karma comes back to bite her in the ass. Then again, this was probably intentional, as she's supposed to be the girl we're NOT supposed to be.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The date of Jill's breakdown after two days of being the class's new Butt-Monkey is Friday, November 22 (as evidenced by her letter to Mrs. Sandmeier). Extra chilling when you realize Judy Blume must have been writing this book around the tenth anniversary of the assassination, as it was published in 1974.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Good God, the things the kids do to Linda for cheap laughs are just outright horrible!
  • The Woobie: Linda.
    • Jerkass Woobie: It is hard not to feel a little sorry for Jill at times, bratty as she is.
      • In fairness, Linda's experience doesn't stop her from taking a complete role-reversal with Jill, as Wendy's sidekick in tormenting her. The closing pages suggest that this didn't last, but there's a bit of apparent Hobbes Was Right about her behaviour.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Bullying is bad. Don't just let it go on. If someone's being cruel to someone, you need to stop it, as just watching everything won't make it go away.
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  • Values Resonance: This was written in The '70s. It's strong message and lack of sugarcoating make it still true to life even to this day.

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