The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali BenjaminThe Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

byAli Benjamin

Hardcover | September 22, 2015

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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.
Ali Benjamin is a National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, and 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 GlobeMagazine, Martha Stewart's Whol...
Title:The Thing About JellyfishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316380865

ISBN - 13:9780316380867


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Melancholy I wanted to see more of Franny's internal conflict. I wanted to see how she was Suzy's best friend, how they were growing apart, and how Franny was part of the group that was bullying Suzy. The book was missing that middle part so Franny went from loving Suzy to completely ignoring her and you didn't see her struggle with it at all. I guess you could argue that it's supposed to reflect how blindsided Suzy was when her friend became a complete stranger, but I think that's a pretty flimsy reason.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! Wonderfully nerdy, sweet, heartbreaking, and totally captures the mind of a science-enthused pre-teen going through the difficulty and confusion of suddenly losing someone.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Great book for all ages on life and grief
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I recently read this book, and it was so heart felt. Everyone in any age group should read this fantastic novel!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Grief is so hard to deal with at any age. This story really hits home as dealing with death is shown through a childs eyes. Really touching story.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved it I beautifully written, heartbreaking story of a girl trying to deal with the loss of her best friend.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Beautiful and heartbreaking story. Should have won the National Book Award!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loveeeeeeeeeeeeee this book This book is about a powerful friendship between girls, will make you cry
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book this book is such an amazing story about a powerful friendship
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lesson in Friendship Franny told Suzy that if she ever became as shallow as the popular girls to send her a message in a big way. After the two best friends drift apart, Suzy follows through, but never gets a chance to say sorry, before Franny has a fatal accident. This moving story will appeal to girls’ age’s ten to 12 who enjoy coming-of-age fiction and strange facts about jellyfish.
Date published: 2016-02-29

Editorial Reviews

"A heartfelt read for kids and adults."
-First for Women Magazine