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The Thing About Jellyfish

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Anna Stoddard

on 29 January 2016

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Summary
This book is 352 pages and is a realistic fiction book. Suzy's best friend dies, supposedly because of drowning, but Suzy knows that Franny is a great swimmer. Soon Suzy thinks up all these theories, and decides that it is her job to find out what really happened. Suzy does tons of crazy things that she doesn't know what to do in the end.
Theme
There is always an explanation for things. Or it could be sometimes things just happen.
Main Characters
Suzy
Suzy has red, frizzy hair, and green eyes. At the start of this book, she believes it is her job to find out what really happened to her best friend, but through out the book, she becomes less worried about it.
Franny
Franny isn't alive in this book, but she is in Suzy's flashbacks. Franny had blonde hair and blue eyes. At the start of the book, she was Suzy's best friend, but later, she ignored Suzy, and became friends with mean girls instead.
Mom
Suzy's Mom has frizzy hair, like her daughter, and blue eyes. In the first part of the book, she didn't really pay attention to Suzy, but in the end, she did.
The Thing About Jellyfish
By Ali Benjamin
Main Events
1. Franny, Suzy's best friend, supposedly drownds.
2. Suzy thinks that if there are no good words to say, she doesn't have a reason to talk, so she doesn't.
3. Suzy thinks that Franny may have been stung by an Irukandji jellyfish, and tries to take a plane to Alaska to find an expert
4. Suzy isn't allowed to go, and is brought home after all the work she went through to get a plane ticket.
5. Justin and Sarah become Suzy's new friends, and Suzy begins to talk again.
Settings
Most of the time, Suzy was either at home, or at school.
Tone and Mood
The tone of the author was focused and sometimes like she was trying to convince you something.
The moods this book gave me were anxious, nervous, and excited.
Personal Connection
I had a connection with Suzy, because I know what it feels like to lose someone you care about, and I acted like she did.
Conclusion
At the end of this book, Suzy tries to go meet an expert on jellyfish, to prove that Franny did not die from drowning. Will Suzy make it to meet the expert? Or will she get over that Franny is gone?
What I Visualized
I visualized seeing the ocean, where Franny died, and I also visualized the airport.
Point Of View
The point of view was third person.
Simile
"Long streaks of sun crossed through the window like spirits through walls." Pg. 13
This means that the sunlight shining through the window was like ghosts going through walls.
Metaphor
"Nearby, in a different tank, I looked at jellies whose tentacles swirled they way wisps of a girl's hair might if she floated underwater." Page 20.
This means that the jellyfish's tentacles looked how a girl's hair would if she was underwater.
Review
I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars, because of how well written it was, and how it made me never want to put it down.
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