Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

4/5 stars
Pages: 352
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
ISBN: 9780316380867

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.

A moving middle grade book that will stay with me for a long time, A Thing About Jellyfish captured my attention from the first page. I was definitely hooked! I absolutely loved all the facts in this book, it was like reading non-fiction only not boring! I had almost no problems with it.

The story was very moving. I feel that what Suzy did was called for, even though I can understand why she regretted it in the future. Over the book I felt myself hating Franny more and more over the things she did and I felt so sorry for Suzy. I loved how strong she was through it all and true to herself. She went through the stress of middle school, striving to be popular, get a boyfriend, get good grades and she still didn't cave to all the drama and I loved that we had a character like that.

This would be a perfect book for a pre-middle schooler to read and I just wish that I could have read it then too. It shows that you should always be yourself no matter what and you should be content doing that. I would strongly recommend it.

***I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review. This did not influence my rating or review in any way.***

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