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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  • bluehorse3
    bluehorse3Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm55 stars
    The Thing About Jellyfish is one of the most AMAZING BOOKS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Suzy struggles after her best friends dies because she believes that things don't just happen. Suzy believes Fann
    • annette
      annetteMonday, September 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm
      I just finished this book and it was very touching. I think the story line was unique in how Suzy tries to prove her own idea of how her best friend died and how it was her way of coping with the death of her friend. The book was really sad and I don't know what else to say, but you should read it.
      • callie_b
        callie_bTuesday, August 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm55 stars
        This book touched me. A shy, average girl named Suzy won't say a word. Not to her few friends, not to her family. After her best friend Franny died in a supposed drowning at sea in Maryland, Suzy becomes fascinated with jellyfish. It's been her main focus ever since she stopped talking. Suzy starts to wonder if Franny's death has anything to do with a lethal jellyfish. I mean, come on. She drowned?? Suzy knows better than anyone how Franny is a fantastic swimmer. So Suzy devises a plan to travel to Australia to prove her hunch. 'The Thing About Jellyfish' made me laugh, feel frustrated with the characters, and sometimes even made me feel like crying. That's how good the author and the story were. I love love love this book, 5 stars of course!!
        • demosthenes
          demosthenesWednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12:49 pm55 stars
          This was a pretty good book. It show the concepts of friendship and blame as young Suzy tries to convince her mom and herself that her best friend Franny was killed by a unique jellyfish. After Franny was drowned on a trip to the beach, Suzy refuses to believe it was just by accident. After visiting an aquarium, Suzy is determined that Franny had been stung. But all along the story she feels an internal guilt. . .this story jumps back and forth from Suzy's research on the jellyfish and he time with Franny before her death. The interesting way the story advance keeps the reading focused on the story and after the last pages you will remember Suzy story.
          • jo13
            jo13Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8:23 am55 stars
            I LOVED this book!!! Its about a girl who doesn't talk anymore because her friend died in a mysterious accident, which she blames herself for. Instead of talking she thinks constantly to herself about things. She has such a logical way of thinking tho. I loved her inspiring story and it helped me a lot.
            • watkinjn
              watkinjnThursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm55 stars
              The narrator loses her best, and only, friend in the first few pages of the book. She shuts out the world and becomes obsessed with figuring out the how the best swimmer she'd ever known, drowned. The character is really unusual, but her experience of loss was so honest; it was incredibly relatable. It's a sad story with lots of beautiful moments. I loved it.
              • ScarlettThursday, July 27, 2017 at 9:08 am
                It is an amazing book.
                • 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.
                    • jb_penguin12
                      jb_penguin12Monday, 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.

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