• The Thing About Jellyfish

  • By: Ali Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Sarah Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (565 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $25.08

Buy for $25.08

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Ali Benjamin (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Seventh-grade narrator Suzy Swanson will win readers' hearts as she silently struggles to come to terms with her complex emotions over the death of her former best friend." ( Shelf Awareness)

What listeners say about The Thing About Jellyfish

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    303
  • 4 Stars
    150
  • 3 Stars
    81
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    15
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    253
  • 4 Stars
    126
  • 3 Stars
    72
  • 2 Stars
    21
  • 1 Stars
    14
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    260
  • 4 Stars
    120
  • 3 Stars
    68
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    12

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Highly Disappointed

This book throws in the gay agenda several times and it does not add anything to the story. It was completely unnecessary to introduce Suzy's brother, Aaron, and his partner, Rocco, into the storyline. Some examples of the gay references with affectionate phrases include: "rustled each others' hair and then kissed" while they were in the car driving off or reference to a note in their apartment that said "I loved you before I knew you. XOXO".

This book also had a sad, depressing tone throughout the book. It was hard to finish and does not promote healthy ways for youth to deal with hard situations. Suzy stated that "sad is dangerous" and she felt like she could only solve her problems through science. She also felt that "it is much easier to keep a secret when you don't use words at all". Her coping skills were to refuse to speak to anyone. Stealing credit card information from her dad and cash from her mom to leave the country. Hmmm...not exactly the coping strategies I want middle school/junior high kids to read about.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Not a kids book

Disappointed that they had gay brother in the story and they kissed. Not a good children’s book.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The thing about jellyfish

I loved this book it is my new favorite. And I recommend it to anyone who wants a heart-warming caring story. One thing I liked is that it played with my emotions and made me feel happy and sad at the same time.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

..... welp I loved it so like- I do not know what else I can say....

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Heart touching and brain building

This book should be required reading. It addresses grief in a brilliant, relatable way. My kids were so intrigued by jellyfish that they went to YouTube and leaned Jamie is real!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Nope nope and nope on a rope

Sorry if this offends some people but this book was a no go. Some of the facts in there were untrue and it was also the narrator she is idk I hate to say this but this is one of the worst books I’ve ever read and it’s not good I highly recommend you don’t use your credit on this because it’s not worth it and not what the it looks like.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

just read it

there's nothing wrong about the story.
there are better stories out there but this one still one you should read/listen.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

enjoyable and transporting

This was an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. I am a 31 year old woman & this book took me back to younger years. just beautiful.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointed.

It started out fine, a little slow, but fine. As the story when on and you learned about the main characters story, it started to feel so… just… bad. I genuinely started to think that Suzy was a little “cray cray” It was just so much trouble to steal money and fly to Australia to resolve a problem with her dead ex bestie, who, by the way, was a total jerk to her. I wouldn’t recommend this book. I had to read it for school so I wouldn’t have bought it if not. I was just dissatisfied.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great story

I was immediately drawn in to Suzy's character. The insight into her dealing with her friend's death was interesting and heartbreaking. While the story was good, I felt like there still things left unexplained. Maybe that was the point.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book.