The Thing About Jellyfish

  • by Ali Benjamin
  • Narrated by Sarah Franco
  • 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Reminiscent of works by Jennifer L. Holm and Sharon Creech, Benjamin's novel is a shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence." (Publishers Weekly)
"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Seventh-grade narrator Suzy Swanson will win readers' hearts as she silently struggles to come to terms with her complex emotions over the death of her former best friend." (Shelf Awareness)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

One of my favorites!😄😃

This book is so good I would totally recommend it. I was hoping that she would get to slow dance with Justin though. Totally in my top 5
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- Roberta Lochte-Jones

In my top ten

This book is absolutely amazing it is one of my favorites and not many books make it there im very glad I chose this book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio