The Thing about Jellyfish

The Thing about Jellyfish

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This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist!

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting—things don't just happen for no reason. 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.

Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478907473
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Ali Benjamin is the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir, Positive, as well as Tim Howard's New York Times bestseller The Keeper. She is a member of New England Science Writers and has written for The Boston Globe Magazine, Martha Stewart's Whole Living, and Sesame Street. She lives in Massachusetts.

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The Thing About Jellyfish 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible and i could sort of relatto suzy which made the book even better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. It was very sad, and i really felt for suzy while she was grieving and i wanted to give her a hug. It helped me deal with grief and guilt that i had to face a little before i read this, and i could really relate to her in many ways. I wish i could thank the author because she helped me get over my grief a little faster. It was like it came to my rescue.
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I loved it
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LAngel2 More than 1 year ago
I read this book last December after finding it on the new release shelf in the library. The cover looked pretty and the description was interesting enough. I picked it up and kept reading. After a few chapters I considered leaving it there. It was interesting but not too special. I ended up borrowing it and read it for the next few weeks. It absolutely captivated me. The writing style was simple and easy to understand, yet poetic at the same time. Reading it was a whole new experience. Getting to see inside the mind of a little girl dealing with grief in the oddest way possible and seeing her story of her broken friendship really touched me. I was going through a lot of bad things at the time. I felt alone as well. I could really relate to Suzy. This novel helped me cope and brought tears to my eyes and remains one of my favorite books of all time right next to the Outsiders. I had read nothing like it before and I still haven't read anything like it. It's an absolute gem. I told my mom about it and she read and loved it. Then she told her friend about it. Her friend read and loved it as well. I hope to own the book soon but until then I'll hold it close to my heart, figuratively.
schoollibrarian More than 1 year ago
Not one of my 57 4th-7th graders liked this book. The general consensus was that it was too slow, too boring, and too depressing.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I thought this novel was okay. I loved the fascinating facts about jellyfish as I am find them interesting and amazing. Suzy is obsessed with them after a school field trip and she begins to believe that they are the cause of her best friend’s death which happened while she was swimming. Suzy is consumed to find a reason for her death, to pinpoint why this unfortunate disaster occurred. Suzy’s world is filled with facts and information about jellyfish after this field trip and the more that she thinks about it, the more blame she casts on the jellyfish but she needs verification. There are flashbacks where we see the girl’s relationship for what is was, how they nurtured one another and then how things changed between them. I wondered about Suzy, I wondered if she just didn’t see the big picture or was she afraid of change or afraid of standing out. She confused me at times and I wondered if students felt the same way when they looked at her. The author had a way with words; I really enjoyed reading this novel. I liked how the author used a variety of fonts in this novel. I noticed that this helped make the information stand out, it helped with the transitions in the reading and it made reading the novel smoother using this technique. There were different typeset that transitioned you into the different time periods that the story inhabited, unique lettering that Suzy used to take notes of her scientists, notebook notes and Mrs. Turton notes each had different typescript. It’s funny how you notice things like that when you’re read. It’s a novel about grief, about death and about friendship. 3.5 stars
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
What an incredibly emotional read! I think this should be encouraged reading in Middle School, there's so much that can be taken away from it. This book, told from the POV of a 12 year old 7th grader, sheds light on many of the issues that I remember from my own 7th grade experience and that I know from my own kids' stories, still goes on today. The story explores bullying, the drifting apart of friends after leaving elementary school, opening one's self up to making new friends, and death...which I hope that most middle school kids don't have to deal with, but two of my three children unfortunately have. It's poignant and touching and scary and emotional and I found myself crying off and on throughout the whole book. It also touched an adult feeling I think we have all had at one point or another...the longing to go back to a time when things were more simple, when people took care of us instead of the other way around, when we could be carefree. I can't say much more without ruining the story for others, so I'll just say if you are a fan of realistic fiction, of works exploring difficult subjects, or of emotional reading, this is the book for matter your age.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Coping with grief is difficult for anyone and this relates the thoughts of a twelve year old girl who copes by being an elective mute. As she struggles to understand how her friend, a strong swimmer, could have drowned she seeks to discover a reason for it happening. She becomes obsessed with the theory that jellyfish must be to blame and carries out research to discover more. The story is packed with facts that Suzy discovers . . . . Suzy is a great character, a very bright young lady who retains and recalls facts she’s found interesting easily, linking them together in what seems to her to be a logical manner. This actually causes problems for her relating to her peers as many find her seriousness odd. She’s also having to cope with her parent’s splitting up and other difficulties at school. Keeping mute is her way of doing so. The story is told from Suzy’s point of view but includes flashbacks to other events as well as present time ones. It is an enthralling and very different read, one that I enjoyed, especially as Suzy finds other people to relate to, including a caring teacher who helps support and encourage her and her lab partner (who has problems of his own, too)- giving them opportunities to develop their interest in science even further. Some of the descriptions and explanations given in the story are beautifully expressive, offering a valid alternative point of view and stimulating thought and discussion. It is an exploration of how attitudes, behaviours and relationships change through pre-teens and adolescence, through the eyes and thoughts of Suzy and her perceptions of the actions of her peers. I was wary that it might be a depressing read but it certainly isn’t. Yes, there are sad times in the story but it shows the journey to a happier reality and the tears I shed towards the end were happy ones. It is a great story in its own right but could be used by teachers or parents to help explore feelings and stimulate discussions, too. I highly recommend it to middle graders, young adults and adults alike, a well researched, emotive story that is decidedly different and superbly written - I learnt a lot about jellyfish, too! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book will make you sad and happy. Suzy is a young girl who tends to be a bit of an outcast at school. When she meets Franny in the fourth grade, they become best friends, until the sixth grade. Franny becomes friends with the popular girls and Suzy is left afloat. Along the way, Suzy's parents also get divorced which is another tough pill for her to swallow. After Franny dies in a drowning accident, Suzy stops speaking and she is determined to discover the true cause of why the unthinkable happened. Franny was a strong swimmer, so Suzy can not believe that she could have drowned. During a school trip in an park full of aquatic animals, she learned about invisible jellyfish. And she assumed that maybe her best friend has been killed by a jellyfish sting. The facts she uncovers about jellyfish are woven into the story in a smooth way. As she processes her grief we learn the story about how and when she and her friend first met, until her tragic death. One quote from the book that I love was "There's no single right way to say goodbye to someone you love. But the most important thing is that you keep some part of them inside you." Suzy begins to learn more about the complexities of friendship, and of the beauty and heartache in life. This is a meaningful story, especially if you have undergone the loss of a loved one. It may seem depressing at times, but is also hopeful. When her family pulls together to show her how much they love her and help her to step into her comfort zone, you want to cheer for Suzy. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
nancy More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written (kudos to a debut author) and entirely relatable for kids dealing with death and changes in friendship. Made me tear up several times...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best boobks I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks in*