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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin

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  Kathrin.McCoy | Nov 28, 2017 |
Deals with grief and loss at a young age, great book for learning how to cope with your emotions during middle school
  lindsaypomponio | Nov 16, 2017 |
It doesn’t make sense. How could it happen? She’s sick of hearing people say “some things just happen.” It isn’t really a reason. For a scientific thinker like seventh-grader Suzy Swanson, there has to be an explanation. Franny Jackson, her twelve year-old best friend, was an excellent swimmer, so how could she have just drowned? Bit by bit, through many flashbacks interspersed among this novel, we begin to see and understand Franny and Suzy’s relationship, from the idyllic beginning when it was just the two of them, to when it suddenly changes and Franny begins to make other friends. Franny makes many overtures to invite Suzy to join her new group of friends but she continually refuses. Instead, Suzy becomes increasingly more lonely, sad, angry and resentful. Vulnerable, grief-stricken, and guilt-ridden after Franny’s death, Suzy desperately searches for logical explanations where there appear to be none. She turns outward--to the jellyfish she discovers on a school field trip to the aquarium. The more she learns about the almost transparent Irukandji jellyfish, the more convinced she becomes that they are the villains, not her. Sometimes there are no answers, just more questions. This powerful book, written for tweens, is about life and all its messiness--family and friends, beginnings and endings, survival and acceptance, embracing love and hope, and letting go and moving on. It is a rewarding read.

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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
#2017-18 VRC Book
  SummerReadsLMS | May 30, 2017 |
Half of the back cover of this book was taken up listing the various awards it has won and after reading it, I think they were well deserved. Suzanne is a bit of an outsider who is filled with regret about how a friendship with her former best friend ended. Unfortunately, the ending cannot be rewritten and she is left grieving and trying to process her regret and guilt. This book so well captures the fragility of middle school/junior high friendships, and the struggles of adapting to the new social order there. ( )
  Lindsay_W | Apr 30, 2017 |
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A jellyfish, if you watch it long enough, begins to look like a heart beating.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316380865, Hardcover)

A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

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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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.

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