Tag: Reading Response

The Thing About Jellyfish


The magazine cover I created is based off the novel The thing about Jellyfish written by Ali Benjamin; the quotes I used displays the relationship between protagonist’s development and the central idea of the theme of learning how to get over tragic incidents. This book is about Suzanne learning how to get over the death of her best friend, Franny; and how she changed as a character because of it. Many of these changes impacted the way other people thought of her. This novel shows flashbacks of Franny, showing the way Suzanne and Franny acted and what their friendship was like. *spoiler alert. After constantly reminiscing about the past, Suzanne finally understood that “sometimes, things just happen” (Benjamin 17). And that there’s no way to change the past, the only way is to accept what happened.

The magazine cover was created using Canva. I decided to call the magazine using this name because the two  names are two important aspects of the novel.*spoiler alert Many conflicts occurred are also caused because Suzanne’s obsession with the death of Franny. The whole time, Suzanne thought it was the Irukandji jellyfish that caused incident.The quotes I used shows the relationship between Suzanne’s character development and the theme, where it is placed at the bottom of the cover. The jellyfishes in the background shows the conclusion to Suzanne’s theory of Franny’s death while portraying that Suzanne’s life is scattered and chaotic whereas the jellyfishes are placed in different sections of the cover.



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Behind the Secrets

“The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny” (West). She pushes through, ignoring the reoccurring conversations her parents have. This situation does not affect how Penny lives her life. Penny is a courageous, independent and percipient character who has numerous characteristics and complication she faces that makes the novel “The Bargaining” by Carly Anne West, captivating throughout the haunting mysteries of the Carver house.

In the novel, Penny’s parents recently got a divorce and she currently lives with her dad, her stepmother April, and her stepbrother Rob. This situation forces Penny to be able to learn how to survive on her own; being more independent.  The exposition of the story was when Penny was forced into going on a road trip with April during the summer. When they took a break from driving, Penny lost sight of her, “[she looked] back towards the jeep. Still no sign of April” (West 58). In this scene, Penny began to search for her April in the woods; hearing voices in the forest of trees frightened her, yet she still continued to look for her. To remember the paths, Penny “[used a tube of lipstick and drew] a daggered red X across the bark of the tree” (West 59). When people are alone and are feeling anxious, they tend to forget about basic skills. However, Penny controlled her emotions and focused on finding April using her existing knowledge to help guide her. This part of the story shows us that Penny is a percipient character who knows how to take care of herself independently; also showing the reader her compassion for helping others in need.

Not only is Penny a brave and diligent character; she is also curious. When she and April arrived at the Carver house, they were subliminal to the true secrets the house hold’s. Soon they began to explore the property they were going to construct. The rising action of the novel is when the hidden details begin to show and Penny soon begins to reveal them. Penny walked to every floor, to every bedroom and began taking pictures. When she lowered her lens, “a smudge on the window [caught her] attention […] [she noticed that it was] less of a smudge and more of a print. An upside down hand print. [she held her own hand] up to it and covered it” (West 84). Penny is very deliberate, she didn’t only just take pictures, she inspected every component of the rooms, even more than April. In this scene, Penny touched the print, cautiously inspected in different angles and was aghast to find out how the wrist needed to bend to create the print. Every little aspect of the house was understood by Penny.

In these scenes, there are many conflicts Penny needed to face. She had to be more independent due to her family’s situation, showing man vs. man. Afterwards, she faced many frightening events during the trip. Penny had to use her inner strength the conquer the fears, showing man vs. self. All of these situations needs a character with a strong inner strength to be able to face these situations. Because of all the characteristics Penny has, this contributed to the way she handled the past events. Penny is a courageous character who has countless characteristics that makes the adventurous events captivating.


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