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The Thing About Jellyfish Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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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 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 Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon 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
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Yes, it's a Young Adult novel, but it kept my attention throughout. I read that Reese Witherspoon plans to make a movie based on this and hope she is successful as I would love to see it on the big screen too.
The first few pages sucked me in right away and brought me back to my middle school days. The words were expressive, raw, and made me feel like I was experiencing them in real life and not just on the page. There were many times throughout the novel where I had to stop and re-read paragraphs because they were so touching. I can't say that I've read such an honest and captivating book in a very long time.
Throughout the novel, the reader follows Suzy on a journey of self discovery as well as her journey to figure out why her best friend died and what caused the downfall of their friendship. Suzy attempts to study and pick apart the days leading up to the "accident" in order to truly figure out why it happened. She seems to believe the cause of her friend's death is by a lethal jellyfish, so she throws herself into research in order to find an answer. Suzy is an incredible young lady who does the best she can navigating through some of the toughest years of her life. There is much to be learned from this young lady and this great novel.
All in all, The Thing About Jellyfish is a fantastic read, not just for middle-aged readers! There were so many wonderful quotes that I will continue to read over and over. I would highly recommend this book to readers 12 and up.
However overall it was a wonderful story and I would recommend for people 10+!