Ali Benjamin Writing Styles in The Thing About Jellyfish

Ali Benjamin
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Point of View

The story is told from the first person point of view of middle school student Suzy. In some sections of the novel Suzy tells her story in the past tense to a general audience. Some of the chapters that are written in this point of view to a general audience include “Touch,” “Invisible,” “150 Million Stings,” and “Best Educated Guess.” Other parts of the story are also told from the first person point of view of Suzy but are told in the present tense. These sections of the novel are written as if Suzy were speaking directly to Franny. It appears in these parts of the novel that Suzy was trying to explain to her friend why she’d done as she had. The parts of the novel that are written directly to Suzy are written in italics to make them easier to identify. Sections of...

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