The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish

By Ali Benjamin

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“๐€ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ž๐ญ.”

Photo by Subakka.bookstuff

I donโ€™t know about you, but lately the middle-school and YA books are the ones messing with my emotions. The Thing About Jellyfish is no exception as it delves deep into the mind of a young girl dealing with the death of her friend. Ali Benjaminโ€™s writing is beautiful; she takes a friendship, and then portrays the heartbreak within it, both in life and death.

Twelve year old Suzy Swanson, or Zu as her mom calls her, is not talking at all. She stopped talking the day she found out that her friend Franny Jackson had drowned in the ocean. Suzy doesnโ€™t know how to process the fact that Franny is gone. That โ€œsometimes things just happen,โ€ as her mom told her. So Suzy stopped talking, stopped filling up the world with dumb words, โ€œdumb words that sometimes end friendships forever.โ€ Because the truth is Suzy had already lost Franny as a friend.

This book does such a wonderful job navigating through the mirthful, but sometimes messy, muddle of childhood friendship. Suzy takes us back through her friendship with Franny and we see just how unkind those middle-school years can be, especially to a girl who sees the world a little differently.


Photo by Subakka.bookstuff


After Frannyโ€™s death, Suzy is haunted by the last thing she did to her friend. Determined to find out what really happened to Franny, Suzy becomes fixated on jellyfish and their stings. Her scientific research may not bring Franny back, but it may help Suzy find the words to say goodbye.


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