#Review & Blog Tour: The Thing About Jellyfish

jellyThe Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Published: September 22nd 2015
: Pan Macmillan SA
Paperback: 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
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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.” – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

This story starts off with Suzy tragically losing her best friend in a drowning accident and struggling to cope with it. It follows what happens after the event, as well as a few years or so leading up to it. The story captures Suzy’s emotional state perfectly and you can’t help but feel for her. You even root her on when she decides that Franny couldn’t just have drowned and that there must be another explanation.

Suzy embodies quite a few qualities that I admire in people. Tenacity, curiousness, research-orientated and the ability to believe that not everything is as straight-forward as it may appear. Her whole story is written as a research paper, starting with a hypothesis and ending with results and a conclusion. I really loved this way of telling a story, as I am working on my dissertation. It was masterfully incorporated into the story line!

The book gives a lot of facts about things Suzy encounters or even things she doesn’t. She loves facts, loves learning and loves to tell people about it. But mostly she talks about jellyfish. Jellyfish have always fascinated me and the book details so much about Jellyfish that you will also probably be fascinated by the end of the book.

Another aspect I think the book embodies very well was young girls being desperate to fit into the construction society often encourages. How they can be mean and not consider their actions. This is why Suzy was a breath of fresh air. Even though she was mean herself, you could see all these confusing situations happen to her. She felt out-of-place in a world that was changing around her. I think many of us can relate.

What a beautiful and heartfelt story! A must buy for any Middle Grade kids you know.

Favorite Quote:

“Sometimes you want things to change so badly, you can’t even stand to be in the same room with the way things actually are.”newcup5newcup5newcup5newcup5.

This got a 8.5/10 from me...newcup5_zps098f0c21


Blog Tour:

Be sure to stop by the rest of the blog tour blogs:


26th October – Monique Snyman from Charming Incantations
27th October- Monique Bernic from Paranormalsphere
28th October – Kelly Ansara from It’s a Book Thing
29th October – Lu from Sugar and Snark
30th October – Belinda Glenn from Girl From Mars
31st October – Tammy from Book Fairy’s Haven
1st November – TAJ Playlist and Wrap-up

  • I saw this book on Goodreads, but I didn’t know what it was about. It sounds really interesting. I love the cover, too.

    • Sugar & Snark

      It was really worth it!