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Publisher's Summary

A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

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.

©2015 Ali Benjamin (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Reminiscent of works by Jennifer L. Holm and Sharon Creech, Benjamin's novel is a shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Seventh-grade narrator Suzy Swanson will win readers' hearts as she silently struggles to come to terms with her complex emotions over the death of her former best friend." ( Shelf Awareness)

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The thing about jellyfish

I loved this book it is my new favorite. And I recommend it to anyone who wants a heart-warming caring story. One thing I liked is that it played with my emotions and made me feel happy and sad at the same time.

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Heart touching and brain building

This book should be required reading. It addresses grief in a brilliant, relatable way. My kids were so intrigued by jellyfish that they went to YouTube and leaned Jamie is real!

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The best book I've ever read!

I'm not a big reader but this book made me love reading. I recommend it to all kids.

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Heart warming story

I love this story it was my first audible and I am glad I chose this story, it shows how much Suzy needs a friend, and that she just needs to let go of what happened to franny.

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One of my favorites!😄😃

This book is so good I would totally recommend it. I was hoping that she would get to slow dance with Justin though. Totally in my top 5

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In my top ten

This book is absolutely amazing it is one of my favorites and not many books make it there im very glad I chose this book.

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Loved this book

Five stars

What I loved about this book Is that there is so many ups and downs. The person reading the book as I followed was amazing as well. I recommend this book highly😀😀😀😀😀😀

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Insightful

Believable voice of a child's perspective through sudden loss and the resulting pain.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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just read it

there's nothing wrong about the story.
there are better stories out there but this one still one you should read/listen.

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Highly Disappointed

This book throws in the gay agenda several times and it does not add anything to the story. It was completely unnecessary to introduce Suzy's brother, Aaron, and his partner, Rocco, into the storyline. Some examples of the gay references with affectionate phrases include: "rustled each others' hair and then kissed" while they were in the car driving off or reference to a note in their apartment that said "I loved you before I knew you. XOXO".

This book also had a sad, depressing tone throughout the book. It was hard to finish and does not promote healthy ways for youth to deal with hard situations. Suzy stated that "sad is dangerous" and she felt like she could only solve her problems through science. She also felt that "it is much easier to keep a secret when you don't use words at all". Her coping skills were to refuse to speak to anyone. Stealing credit card information from her dad and cash from her mom to leave the country. Hmmm...not exactly the coping strategies I want middle school/junior high kids to read about.

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