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.

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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