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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

McKenna Burgess

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“Some hearts beat only about 412 million times. Which sounds like a lot. But the truth is, it barely gets you twelve years.”

Suzy Swanson has always known things that others don’t. She can explain the sleep patterns of ants. She knows there are 150 million jellyfish stings on the planet every year. She knows that the average middle school kid contains about 20 billion of Shakespeare’s atoms. But she can’t understand how Franny Jackson’s lifetime could be cut so short . . . before Suzy could make up for the worst thing she’d ever done to her friend. 

As Suzy retreats into the silent world of her imagination, she finds that the universe won’t allow her to escape her grief. Astonishing wonders are all around her . . . as are the love and hope she desperately needs to forgive herself.  

The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin, is a unique book that follows the story of Suzy Swanson’s mind and emotions. After the death of a close friend, she struggles to find her way back to reality. We know that Suzy will go far to keep herself out of reality, but the question is, how far is she willing to go? I find this book to be good for readers of any age and relatable for teens and students in some way or another. It truly is an extraordinary thing, finding out who Suzy is and why she does what she does.

 

 

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