The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish

Book - 2015
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Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316380867
Characteristics: 343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Feb 15, 2018

I liked this book, however I found it a little bit slow.
Suzy didn’t actually end up doing anything until halfway through the book.
I found it very emotional, and a good read, but it talked a lot about the past.
Which is totally cool, but it got a little bit tiring after a while.
I really enjoyed those cool facts ,though! I liked the part where Suzy couldn’t stop counting
To 5. I definitely relate to that. All in all, it’s a book you should try out.

Dec 31, 2017

I liked this book. It was packed full of emotion that made you feel really connected to Suzy. There were a few parts that I didn't completely understand, but other than that, a great book! Recommended for someone looking for an emotion book. 4 1/2 stars!!!!.

Dec 20, 2017

A very sad and grieving story.

LPL_MargoM Dec 18, 2017

I always find it admirable when books targeted towards children take on darker topics. The Thing About Jellyfish does this, and does it extremely well. The story follows Suzy, a 7th grader whose best friend drowns over the summer. Unable to comprehend this loss, Suzy dives deep into researching what may have happened and why. Tackling topics like divorce, death, and and and how friendships change in adolescence, The Thing About Jellyfish is a book every kid can identify with.

Sep 26, 2017

Suzy's journey to cope with the death of her best friend turns into an ultimate process of self-discovery. Convinced that learning about jellyfish and their immortality will help explain her friend's death, Suzy determination takes her on an unexpected quest to learn as much about herself as she does about jellyfish. As funny as it is touching, this book will certainly stay with you long after the last page.

Feb 18, 2017

Wonderful story! I read this with my children (8 and 11) and we all absolutely loved it. Poignant, coming-of-age story about facing death, friends, awkward middle-school years, and our own mortality.

MsCourtney Feb 07, 2017

Character-driven and emotionally intense read. I love flashbacks and couldn't wait to see what happened with the ill-fated friendship of the lovably, awkward main character.

Jan 20, 2017

Such an amazing book. I read it within 24 hours (would have finished it in one sitting if it weren't for my full time job and 16 month old son!) Such a page turner and can easily relate to the main character. Definitely would recommend to anyone who has a deep love of jellyfish and understands the torments of middle school!

Jun 28, 2016

This book was sad and confusing, but good. I think it is a good book for everyone to read someday, and I am STILL TO THIS DAY curious about how Franny drowned.

Jun 09, 2016

This book was a page turner. I couldn't seem to put it down. Writing style was different from any books I've read recently and it kept me wanting to learn more... not only about the main character, but about this fascinating world we live in. It's amazing how differently we all grieve, but I thought the way Suzy did her grieving was beautiful in it's own way.

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Jun 10, 2016

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory - even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe... and the potential for love and hope right next door.


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Jul 07, 2017

Other: Suzy is going through a difficult time in her life so the story is quite sad in some parts. She refers to the end of the world a lot too. as well as stealing from her family (which she later almost entirely gives back)


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Jun 10, 2016

“If people were silent, they could hear the noise of their own lives better. If people were silent, it would make what they did say, whenever they chose to say it, more important. If people were silent, they could read one another's signals, the way underwater creatures flash lights at one another, or turn their skin different colors.”
― Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish

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