The Thing About Jellyfish Quotes by Ali Benjamin
12 Quotes from The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin to hang in your science class!
The book follows Suzy Swanson, the protagonist and narrator, who theorizes the death of her friend, Franny Jackson, was caused by a jellyfish sting. During their sixth grade year, Franny became interested in boys and started to join a more popular social circle than the sometimes awkward Suzy, who had been best friends with Franny starting shortly after they met, when they were both five years old. After the two had a falling out in the sixth grade year, Franny died during the ensuing summer before they had a chance to heal their friendship. Basil E. Frankweiler as shaping her reading life as a child. The Thing About Jellyfish was inspired in part by a trip Benjamin took to an aquarium, and influenced a novel she had been developing about a girl in middle school and her sibling. Suzy postulates that Franny's death was the result of Irukandji syndrome after Suzy learns about jellyfish on a field trip to an unnamed aquarium, which Benjamin states is the New England Aquarium in the end notes.
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When a tragedy occurs, the natural response for most individuals is to try to make sense of the event, attempting to understand how or why it happened. Upon hearing the news that her best friend, Franny, drowned on vacation, Suzy is desperate to learn the reason why — especially since, as Suzy stresses, Franny was an exceptional swimmer. Suzy's mother, overwhelmed by her daughter's questions, simply reasons, "Sometimes things just happen. During a class trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston, Suzy believes she's discovered the culprit behind Franny's death: the Irukandji jellyfish — deadly, transparent and potentially dwelling in the waters where Franny swam. After researching online, Suzy devices a plan to fly to Australia to meet jellyfish expert Jamie Seymour, whom she believes can confirm her hypothesis and, thus, give Suzy the answers — and perhaps closure — she seeks.
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. I need you to know that I do not get excited about reading what I call issue-driven books. Two, so many feels! Three, you really risk the message-y-ness. If you can relate to any of the three anxieties, you will do more than fine with The Thing About Jellyfish. Make it one of your bi-annual issue-driven reads.