This book appealed to me for one main reason; the fact that I lost a very good friend back in August of 2015, and I was hoping to have something to connect to in that respect. So I was a bit disappointed that Suzy's friend Franny was portrayed so "poorly", for lack of a better word. There were moments in the book where I didn't like Franny at all and wondered what Suzy saw in her. I was hoping to fall "in love" with the character so that when the time came to talk about what had happened to her, I'd be sobbing at the loss of her. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wish they had focused more on the friendship and the way they became close instead of how their friendship ended badly and how Suzy never really got a chance to apologize. At the beginning of the book, when she is told about Franny's death, it annoyed me, not because it was badly written but because it seemed so "uneventful", like it was something that happened every day instead of something tragic. It took her some time to let it sink in, but when she starts to take on a huge adventure, I think that Franny would have been proud of her. I know I would have.
It is an emotional book, don't get me wrong, and it's very down to earth. I love all of the references to current events and current things that kids like, but I really liked the way the facts about jellyfish were interspersed throughout the book. I think I learned more about jellyfish from reading this book than I did in all of my years as a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. Suzy was an amazing character and I could see her becoming a brilliant scientist some day. In this book she goes on a mission to prove that her friend's death was related to jellyfish and not just something that happened.
I had no idea this was a YA book when I first heard about it and I think it made me like it even better. The chapters were incredibly short; some as short as 1-2 small pages in places, and it allowed me to read it very quickly. I loved being able to sit down on my break at work and read 5 chapters in about ten minutes.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with friends or anyone who has an interest in jellyfish or sea life. Ali Benjamin has done an amazing job with this and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!