Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
Trigger warnings: anxiety, OCD
When I first heard that John Green had written a new book I was a little hesitant as my love for John Green is a hit or miss. I really loved The Fault in our Stars but I hated Paper Towns. I really really enjoyed this book, I listened to it on audio book. Green’s writing is beautiful, like well thought out prose. The beauty in the words,there are so many quotes that I loved. The metaphors of stars, the poetry about life and death.
There isn’t much of a plot but more about the character’s. Aza’s struggles and understanding of her thoughts. There was a small romance between Aza and Davis, which was super cute. It was slow and cautious. I loved how nerdy he is and how he’s such a good big brother.
I loved Aza so much,she was honestly amazing. Green’s descriptions of her mental health was very well written. I really connected to Aza and her thought spirals as I also have struggles with anxiety. Not in the same way as Aza but the descriptions of invasive thoughts are the same. The feeling that they control you not you controlling them.I love how he wrote about the struggles of her OCD and Anxiety, that in the end she wasn’t “cured”.
I love how he writes his character’s, he doesn’t make the teenagers less intelligent because of there age. Which seems to cause huge debates online. People disagree with how smart he writes teenager’s saying they do not talk the way he writes them. I think he captures that teenagers can be misunderstood and they are capable of being highly intelligent and don’t deserve to be looked down at.
“Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.”
The female friendship is so strong in this book, even though Daisy struggles to understand Aza but she still stands by her. This is one of the best mental health book’s I have ever read, and one of my favorite book’s of 2017. I highly recommend it.
Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie