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October 27, 2015 / Leslie

Book Review: The Thing About Jellyfish

A Rapid Review

JellyfishBooks for Young Readers

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Publisher: Little, Brown | September 2015
Format: Hardcover | 352 pages | Rating: 5 stars

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.

When 12-year-old Suzy’s best and only real friend Franny dies, she becomes obsessed with proving the reason for her death was from a jellyfish sting.

This is a very thoughtful story that touches on the many emotions Suzy is feeling. Told in the first person, I could easily relate to her love of science and how she didn’t quite fit in with the “cool kids”. The story alternates between Suzy’s thoughts about her friend and how their friendship had changed in the past year, and her science project on jellyfish, where she sets out to prove a sting could be fatal.

The story can be a little dark and heartbreaking at times, but also hopeful as Suzy works her way through her grief for Franny and her sadness over both Franny’s death and their disintegrating friendship in the months before.

Beautifully written and wonderful characters — I loved this book.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Little, Brown.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Oct 27 2015 5:59 pm

    Both of the reviews I’ve read of this book have been glowing – I need to give it a try.


  2. Briana / Oct 28 2015 2:15 am

    I loved this book as well. I’ve read a lot of MG books about kids dealing with death, and this was the best I’ve encountered so far.



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