In the essay, "Cry, Linda, Cry", Meg Cabot speaks of how Judy Blume doesn't give Blubber that "After school special ending" that everybody looks for. What this means to me is that the cliche story of the bully who learns his/her wrongs at the end of the story is nonexistent. The bully learns no life lessons about their actions. The comparison is very effective because Judy Blume is switching up who is responsible for the continuance of bullying. The victim has to stand up for themselves. They can't always be saved by external forces. Meg Cabot nicknamed "Maggot Cabbage" receives two totally different piece if advice for her difficulties at school. Her dad teaches her how to ball her fist up making sure to tell her not to tuck her thumb because of a chance that she might break it, while her mother gives her the book, Blubber, which tells of how the protagonist must learn to laugh at herself to take away the bullies power. This advice is so different because her father is advising her to go on the offensive and physically teach Shoshona. Her mother, on the other hand, passed her a book with a whole new perspective she I stilled the thought that she didn't have to fight or argue but just to learn how to laugh at yourself and be comfortable. I really didn't expect Meg to take her fathers advice because of the absolute timidity she displays throughout the essay. Her mothers advice, which would be more fitting because it builds self esteem, which Meg was lacking.