The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

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 h...


Details The Thing About Jellyfish

TitleThe Thing About Jellyfish
ISBN9780316380867
Author
Release DateSep 22nd, 2015
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary
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Reviews The Thing About Jellyfish

  • Lola
    2016-10-16
    Usually, I’m annoyed with books that present a dead character in a story and even make them part of the main cast, because WE don’t know them as well as the characters in the book do.But Ali Benjamin succeeded to make me care about Suzy’s best friend who drowned and died, leaving her friendless and feeling alone.Except Suzy was already friendless even before her best friend died. In the story, there is the past and the present. The past foc...
  • Tabetha
    2015-10-01
    "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." After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy refuses to speak, and she is determined to discover the ...
  • Elyse
    2015-06-08
    Update: Kindle $2.99 special today. Its wonderful!!! This is THE BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK ....If you want a book to feel uplifted and inspired ... this is a terrific choice... written by very bright talented author!' Thank you 'Little Brown Young Readers', Netgalley, and a 'new favorite' author--*Ali Benjamin* for the opportunity to read this. Ali Benjamin wrote a book to be very proud about... she makes science come alive --and has us fall deeply i...
  • Hannah Greendale
    2016-11-02
    The Thing About Jellyfish is the heartrending tale of Suzy Swanson, a little girl who just encountered the Worst Thing: death. To make sense of her grief, Suzy turns to the wonders of the universe and the dazzling expanse of her imagination. Suzy's take on the world is both academic and poetic, despite her young age. She has one of the most romantic worldviews yet encountered in a children's book: I liked the way patterns repeated themselves in t...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2017-01-29
    The Thing About Jellyfish, Ali BenjaminThe Thing About Jellyfish is a 2015 children's novel written by Ali Benjamin, her fiction debut. The book follows Suzy Swanson, the protagonist and narrator, who theorizes the death of her friend, Franny Jackson, was caused by a jellyfish sting. Suzy has just started the seventh grade, which is the second year at Eugene Field Middle School in fictional South Grove, Massachusetts. During their sixth grade yea...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2015-07-05
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/WARNING: SPOILER-ISH ^^^That’s a boldface lie. I read this book months ago, but I suck at keeping up with reviews so I’m just now getting around to saying something about it. First things first – this is a MIDDLE GRADE novel. (In case you’re wondering – I rate books according to how I feel they hold up when compared with others in their genre.) That being said, this is a very ...
  • Wendy Darling
    2015-12-09
    I liked the narrative voice, and at first I was intrigued by the connections drawn to jellyfish. But there were a LOT of jellyfishy facts, and I kept wondering why I didn't feel anything for this story of a girl who's so traumatized by her former best friend's death that she will no longer speak. Then I finished it, and found the author's note at the end, which says that the story was born from "failure:" because it started out as a nonfiction es...
  • Neil (or bleed)
    2015-09-14
    "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." The Thing About Jellyfish is a heartfelt and touching story of grief, acceptance, friendship, family and fitting in. A profound novel with a plausible voice of a girl who grieved of her loss and sought for the answers at the same time.It is a middle-grade novel that centers to Suzy Swanson and her mission t...
  • ♛Tash
    2015-10-21
    Review also on “But a person doesn’t always know the difference between a new beginning and a forever sort of ending.”Suzy Swanson stopped talking when her best friend Franny died in a drowning accident. Channeling her lingering guilt over her last encounter with Franny and grief, Suzy turns to silence and science. Refusing to take her mother's stoic explanation that things just happen, Suzy shuts everybody out and obsessively works out a ...
  • Gypsy
    2016-12-09
    دیشب رفتم پردیس کتابِ خیابون دانشگاهمون. اگه ساکن مشهد باشین، میدونین اینجا چقد جای محشریه. حداقل به چشم من. با وجودِ اینکه خیلی سرد بود و داشتم سگلرررررز میزدم، اینقد خوشال بودم که ریز ریز میخندیدم و بلند بلند با خودم حرف میزدم! و به شدت جلو خودمو می...
  • Masooma
    2015-12-19
    The thing about this book, The Thing About Jellyfish, is that it didn't quite turn out to be as good as I expected it to be. The story was not original, that is one thing for sure. There are several other novels which I've read belonging to the same brotherhood, blindly following the same storyline, the central character working on some sort of a science project, dealing with death and dark demons and yada yada. Initially, I felt that the facts a...
  • Amanda
    2015-11-10
    The Thing About Jellyfish is a beautifully written middle grade novel about the evolving nature of friendship, the labyrinth of discovering one's true identity, and the search for explanations to the mysteries of life. Being a science nerd wannabe, I relished all of the scientific facts in this book and how the book's parts were divided into the parts of the scientific method. I also enjoyed the author's anecdote in the acknowledgment section abo...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    2015-11-24
    Brilliant. This book was everything.
  • Jules
    2015-08-05
    The Thing About Jellyfish is a touching tale about a young girl whose best (and only) friend drowns while on holiday. As the story progresses we discover that Suzy’s grief is much more than just the loss of her friend, but frustration at something happening without apparent reason, and regret about the things that took place between them before her friend died. Such a lot for a young soul to carry. I finished this last night, but I’m still fe...
  • Julie Christine
    2017-05-15
    On a Sunday evening a couple of weeks ago I met three friends for drinks and tapas at a favorite wine bar in town. We're writers, the three of us, one with nearly two dozen novels published—she and I are launching our next releases together in September, her 19th, my 2nd. Another will celebrate her debut, a literary fiction psychological thriller, in early 2018. And the third friend is in the agent query trenches with a novel that could be adul...
  • Irmak
    2016-01-13
    4.5 /5 Kitap daha doğrusu Suzy o kadar içime işledi ki. 12 yaşında bir çocuk nasıl böyle bir kederin içinde olabilir aklım almadı. Ama kitabın en başında Suzy'nin diğer çocuklar gibi olmadığını anlıyorsunuz. Arkadaşını kaybetmiş olmanın onun üzerinde yarattığı etki o kadar güzel işlenmişti ki, kalbinin kırıklığını ben kalbimde hissettim. Suzy, Franny öldükten sonra geçmişi telafi etmek için onun asıl ...
  • Burcu
    2016-06-22
    Çok şey öğrendim. Tüm genç okurlara tavsiye ederim!
  • Kels
    2015-10-01
    “It's peculiar how no-words can be better than words. Silence can say more than noise, in the same way that a person's absence can occupy even more space than their presence did." The Thing about Jellyfish reminded me of my love for middle grade books, and why no matter how old I get, I will always return to them. Check out my buddy Neil's glowing review for this amazingly heartfelt novel! I wanted to write a review, but his sums it up far bett...
  • Gizem
    2017-08-20
    Ah Suzy... Sen ne kadar naif, ne kadar tatlı bir çocuksun. O kadar içime işledin ki.. Hayata, arkadaşlığa bakışın,düşüncelerin çok güzel. Kesinlikle okunması gereken bir kitap bence. Aşktan fantastik olmaktan uzak çok gerçekçi bir roman. Bu tarz bir romana ihtiyacım varmış gerçekten. Çok severek okudum...
  • Vitor Martins
    2016-11-19
    "Talvez seja isso que acontece quando uma pessoa cresce. Talvez o espaço entre você e as outras pessoas da sua vida fique tão grande que você pode enchê-lo com todo tipo de mentiras." Eu sou apaixonado por histórias que mostram o mundo a partir da visão de uma criança, então, comecei essa leituras cheio de expectativas. E não me decepcionei
  • Maria Espadinha
    2017-02-23
    Amor-Ódio e MedusasA amizade , quando íntima, não raras vezes funciona como uma balança amor-ódio:Há períodos rosa, com tudo a flutuar à nossa volta, em alternância contínua com outros mais negros. Partilha-se o Céu! Partilha-se o Inferno!...É assim agora e sempre, amen!...Imagine-se agora um caso de perda que sucede num desses períodos mais obscuros.Duas jovens são melhores amigas e uma delas perece num acidente, numa fase mais ass...
  • Victor Almeida
    2016-11-20
    Que livro lindo, singelo e profundo!Não tinha expectativas altas e não esperava me sentir da forma como me senti durante a leitura. Amei ser surpreendido pela escrita e pelos personagens. Mas vamos enaltecer, primeiramente, a escrita. Ela é simples, mas TÃO sensível. A autora consegue pegar pequenas coisas e transformar em conceitos e frases que te deixam olhando para o infinito e pensando por um minuto inteiro. Eu fiquei apaixonado pela lin...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    2015-07-31
    This frankly very strange yet wonderful middle-grade novel focuses on several themes, including grief, science and social isolation. How much is too much when it comes to mourning? When does loss become an obsession? How far should kids be pushed to say goodbye and let go of the past? These questioned are all addressed whilst Suzy tries her best to cling onto something she can understand. With the help of a caring teacher, she finds solace in sci...
  • Theresa
    2016-11-28
    One of the best middle grade novels I've ever read. "The Thing About Jellyfish" by Ali Benjamin beautifully deals with the tragic aftermath of grief and loss. Suzy is a very unique and slightly eccentric 12 year-old who stops talking after the death of her best friend, Franny (who perished in a drowning accident). As she tries to process her grief, she becomes fascinated with jellyfish after a class trip to the aquarium. Suzy starts to ponder if ...
  • Anmiryam
    2015-06-02
    This book should be sold with a pack of kleenex. At least when it's being purchased by an adult. Kids will do just fine I suspect.It is a warm and wonderful blend of healing from loss, dealing with being in middle school and not fitting in, learning that you have the power to hurt someone and you won't always have the chance to make it up to them. It's about the beauty of science, the ecology of our planet. It's about the nature of bravery and he...
  • Anna Taylor
    2015-04-07
    LOVE. And am now spewing out jellyfish facts at the brunch table like a boss.
  • Praxedes
    2018-01-16
    This is a lovely YA book about a child's first encounter with the mourning process. Bereavement is never easy, but for children it seems to be particularly confusing. Benjamin tells us the story of a young teenage girl who loses her best friend and the difficulties she encounters coming to terms with this loss.It may be that I have not been a teenager for a while, but some of the passages seemed unnecessarily long to me. But when I asked my stude...
  • Shayan
    2017-03-19
    اثری جالب و قابل توجه در بخش نوجوان که بچه ها از خوندنش لذت میبرن و بزرگترا درکش میکنن این کتاب کاملا بر اساس نظریه ی معروف پنج مرحله ی اندوه ساخته شده و فک میکنم در آخر به خوبی میتونه به نتیجه برسه و منظور خودش رو برسونه داستان اصلش یه مقداری کلیشه ای...
  • Mayra Sigwalt
    2015-10-21
    4.5Que história linda e delicada. A escrita da autora é tão cuidadosa e cheia de capricho que dá vontade de marcar todas as frases. Admito q pra um infanto juvenil é um livro de bastante impacto emocional. Não esperava que fosse mexer tanto comigo. Em alguns momentos ele foi bem doídinho mesmo de ler. Foi uma história mto bonita de uma criança aprendendo a lidar com o luto e a dor. Acho q só q talvez as ações deveriam te um pouquinho ...
  • Dov Zeller
    2016-01-27
    "A jellyfish, if you watch it long enough, begins to look like a heart beating." So begins Ali Benjamin's first novel written from the perspective of a kid whose love of the natural and scientific world works as both a connective and disconnecting force in her life. The story moves back and forth in time between 1) Suzy's present predicament, as she struggles to cope with the loss of her once best friend Franny, and her guilt over their last few ...