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! Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

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.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on September 22, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316380865
ISBN-13: 9780316380867
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  • lovetolearn
    lovetolearnTuesday, July 18, 2017 at 12:24 am55 stars
    This book is sad, but an amazing read! The book starts in Suzy Swason's present and excerpts from Suzy's past are sprinkled throughout the book. The first story from suzy's past is a recent one, telling of the death of her best friend Franny Jackson. The stories of Suzy's past then go on to show the progression of Suzy's relationship with Franny: they are quick to become friends, but as they grow older Franny changes. She begins to care more about what others think and is ashamed of Suzy because Suzy is, well, "weird". The affects of peer pressure cause Franny to be mean to Suzy, just like everyone else. Suzy tries to tell her this, but in a way that did more damage than help and their relationship ends in a terrible, unrevesable state. Meanwhile Suzy has gone mute to mourn Franny's death, which she blames on a jellyfish sting. By the end of the book Suzy is able to make new friends and start a new chapter of her life. A chapter where she can try her hardest to forgive both herself and Franny for the way their friendship ended and remember the best of the amazing friend she lost.
    • kgautam
      kgautamMonday, July 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm55 stars
      this book is so touching! It warms you to your heart! Suzy is convinced that after her best friend,Franny, dies from drowning, she needs to find out why. She comes up with one idea;Franny was stung by a very poisionous jellyfish. When Suzy decides to travel across the globe to find the answers,alone. but, sometimes, the answer is just next door.
      • jpenguin12
        jpenguin12Monday, July 10, 2017 at 3:41 pm55 stars
        Suzy is quiet, although she wasn't quiet until her best friend died. People say she drowned but Suzy is positive she didn't drown because her friend was always a better swimmer than her. Suzy thinks that her friend was stung by an "invisible" jellyfish. She decides to investigate and she can almost prove that she is correct, but then she is stopped.
        • e06
          e06Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 8:14 am55 stars
          I LOVED this book. This book is about a girl named Suzzane Swanson, who's friend recently past away in a drowning accident. Suzy wants to prove that, things like this ''don't just happen''. She was ready to travel across to the other side of the world to prove this must have been a jellyfish sting. Read the book to find out more!
          • hannah_kwonn
            hannah_kwonnTuesday, June 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm44 stars
            Suzy is in a situation far from ordinary. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy begins to investigate the death. Though they say her best friend drowned, Suzy begins to theorize that her friend was actually stung by a deadly jellyfish. Through this journey, Suzy struggles against her grief, the theory of life and death, and the universe itself. But even in times of trouble, Suzy always perseveres, and she begins to discover things about herself.
            • scigirlronni
              scigirlronniThursday, June 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm55 stars
              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.🌊
              • jeffdaboss
                jeffdabossTuesday, June 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm55 starsFeatured
                Suzy isn't the girl who is the star athlete, the popular stylist, or the class brain. She's the girl who is in the back of the class with her head down. Suzy used to be gently pushed by her best friend into fun activities, but ever since she drowned, Suzy pushed herself into the dark. She gave up speaking to the world, and pursued a passion that surrounded her thoughts with jellyfish. Jellyfish became her sole interest, and nothing captured her attention better than jellyfish. In this thought-provoking novel, you follow the thoughts of a depressed, seventh-grade loner with a bad family situation. I found the book to be amazing and really immersed me in the world of jellyfish.
                • readingbr
                  readingbrMonday, June 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm11 star
                  This is more of a girl book, but I read it anyway. I wish I didn't. It was sad and I don't like sad stories no matter how they end.
                  • rrwwnn
                    rrwwnnSaturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                    zu s best friend fanny drowned and zu wants to prove that fanny died because of a rare jellyfish sting that is transparent to swimmers zu thinks fannys a good swimmer.
                    • llpanda
                      llpandaFriday, June 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm55 stars
                      When Suzy learns that her friend Fanny drowned while on vacation she is shocked and regretful. The last year was not what she wanted it to be with Fanny. Now she can't take it all back or make it right with her friend, because she is gone. Suzy has been silent ever since. Nobody can make her talk, not her mother, or father, or older brother, or the psychologist her parents hired, Suzy is convinced that not talking is for the world's betterment. Always the scientist ( even if she doesn't know it ) Suzy asks herself how Fanny could have drowned when she was such a good swimmer. Maybe it is that thing about jellyfish that she was reading about in the aquarium. A specific jellyfish named the irukandji, a jellyfish so transparent and tiny it is almost invisible to swimmers. Suzy must prove that the jellyfish was the cause of Fanny's death and that there was someone else to blame.

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