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Most Messed-Up Moments From Judy Blume’s 'Blubber'

2 Apr 2020 26.7k views13 items

Judy Blume's Blubber novel is a tween saga about the tumultuous relationships and dynamics of a fifth-grade class and their constant need to fill their preteen rage-voids with incessant and traumatic bullying. Revolving around a gaggle of girls who seek the acceptance and affection of their class queen bee, Wendy, Blubber is a harassment-filled adolescent novel that depicts the dark ways young girls torment each other.

The book's narrator, Jill, gets sucked into Wendy's spell and attempts to win her favor. They torment a fellow classmate in an intense combination of senseless verbal, sexual, and physical assaults. Just a few of the things of their list of callous fun are "1. Hold your nose when Blubber walks by. 2. Trip her. 3. Push her. 4. Shove her. 5. Pinch her. 6. Make her say, 'I am Blubber, the smelly whale of class 206.'" 

With graphic and extensive descriptions of bullying and foul language, Blubber is on the banned books list of many schools in the US. Giving little reason for the point of Blubber, Judy Blume made its conclusion just as ambiguous as the characters' reasoning behind their actions. In the end, the girls just end up going about their business.

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