The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali BenjaminThis 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 dont 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. Suzys 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.
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The Thing About Jellyfish Summary & Study Guide
Thank you! And Zu is desperate for answers and relief from her haunting grief and guilt. In seven parts neatly organized around the scientific method as presented by Mrs. Turton, a middle school teacher who really gets the fragility of her students, Zu examines and analyzes past and present. Surrounded by the cruelty of adolescence, Zu is awkward, smart, methodical, and driven by sadness. It is not remotely scientific. There was a problem adding your email address.
Not so. Such books come around so infrequently that special attention should be paid to them when they do. Our protagonist and narrator is Suzy Swanson, whose former best friend, Franny, has drowned while swimming in a calm sea. Franny had joined a new clique of popular girls when they reached middle school, and we learn that Suzy, feeling powerless to stop their gradual estrangement, had tried some bizarre behavior in a desperate, failed attempt to woo her friend back. Her obsession leads her to track down a jellyfish expert who lives on the other side of the globe. Together they will prove that when things happen, they happen for a reason.
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Suzy was not the typical seventh-grader. After Franny died of drowning during a beach vacation Suzy grieved not only because she missed her friend but also because their relationship did not end the way it should have. Through the course of her journey, Suzy learned a good deal about jellyfish along with the finality of death. She wanted a concrete reason to explain why her friend had died. During a class trip to an aquarium Suzy learned about the Irukandji jellyfish.
Sign up for our newsletters! Suzy begins devising a plan to prove what really happened to everyone, including herself. Broken into seven parts that reflect the scientific method, Suzy gives her hypothesis, shares the background of her friendship with Franny and writes a list of procedures to prove that her best friend died of a jellyfish sting. At one point in the story, Suzy becomes fascinated with a jellyfish expert named Jamie Seymour and plans to meet him by flying to Australia. Suzy repeatedly writes in her journal that she wants to meet Jamie to confirm her findings, but, in some very genuine moments, readers realize that Suzy is heading to Australia to find compassion from a stranger who loves an animal that is regarded as a weird, lonely outcast. It entertains as much as it teaches an important lesson, and it is a must-read for everyone, awkward children and blossomed adults alike.
The book follows Suzy Swanson, the protagonist and narrator, who theorizes the death of her friend, Franny Jackson, was caused by a jellyfish sting. During their sixth grade year, Franny became interested in boys and started to join a more popular social circle than the sometimes awkward Suzy, who had been best friends with Franny starting shortly after they met, when they were both five years old. After the two had a falling out in the sixth grade year, Franny died during the ensuing summer before they had a chance to heal their friendship. Basil E. Frankweiler as shaping her reading life as a child.