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!
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.
Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.
In her first solo outing, Benjamin (coauthor of Positive with Paige Rawls) composes a moving portrayal of loss and healing. Franny Jackson and Suzy Swanson had been best friends for years until Franny joined a middle-school clique and began to drift from Suzy and her penchant for scientific facts. As seventh grade begins, 12-year-old Suzy channels the conflicting emotions surrounding Franny's drowning death into silence, shutting out her divorced parents, her older brother and his boyfriend, her psychologist, and a caring science teacher. Replacing language with research, Suzy follows the scientific method, whose structure mirrors that of the book, hoping to prove that a jellyfish sting was responsible for Franny's drowning. 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, as well as a testament to the grandeur of the natural world. Increasingly fascinated by her own theories, Suzy embarks on an ambitious plan to prove her hypothesis, while tentatively reaching out to new friends and finding support for her emerging voice. Ages 8 12.
It was so entertaining, I couldn’t put it down! I also learned a lot of things from it, like the irukajandi jellyfish is more poisonous than the tarantula. This book is very relatable, Suzy goes through some of the same stuff I am going through.
It was alright
Kept me from not being bored because of KOTLC. Overall, it was a good book. I don’t get why people in the reviews say they cried . It’s not that sad. Yeah, her friend died. So what?
P.S. If you are reading this review, and you want to find out more about KOTLC, just search: Keeper of the lost cities by Shannon Messenger. And YOU BETTER SHIP SOKEEFE!!!!!! Fitzphie is stupid and dexphie didn’t work out (well neither does fitzphie) but you get my point
A good effort but no good plot
The writing was more like a young girl’s diary then an actually book.