The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin is a book about relationships. Suzy Swanson's former best friend has died in the ocean, and she tries to make sense of what happened to her.
During this process we get to see the good, bad, and ugly of adolescent relationships. I like Suzy's character because she is realistic. She does the wrong thing often because I think her mind works differently than most, but she seems real.
When Suzy finds out that many people are stung by jellyfish, she is determined to discover if this might be what killed her friend. She is unwilling to accept that "These things just happen."
This book made me tear up a few times and is worth reading.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.