Turtles All the Way Down

1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our 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 1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our 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.
Turtles All the Way Down bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars Sixteen year old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett but the

  • Title: Turtles All the Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “Turtles All the Way Down”

    1. “You’re deflecting.” I just stared at her. “You’re right that self isn’t simple, Aza. Maybe it’s not even singular. Self is a plurality, but pluralities can also be integrated, right? Think of a rainbow. It’s one arc of light, but also seven differently colored arcs of light.”This is difficult to rate. Looking back, there were definitely certain aspects that I thought were done well, but I just didn't enjoy either the story or the uber-philosophical writing. Given that I consid [...]

    2. I’ve been having a bad run with YA lately. I’ve loved it for so long that I persevere on, remembering that there are gems, that there are treasures, but increasingly I’ve found myself worried - have I grown out of it? Have I overdone it? Each novel seems to be repeating some unspoken pattern, or at least trying to make something new out of the same ingredients. It was with trepidation, then, that I wandered in to Turtles All The Way Down, thinking “yes, I’ve liked John Green books in t [...]

    3. The ShortTrigger warnings: anxiety, OCDWriting: 5 starsCharacters: 4.75 starsPlot: 4.5 starsOriginality: 4 stars(all out of 5 stars)The LongIt's hard to believe I just read a new John Green (JG from now on) book. My mind can't really wrap around that. (Especially given where I was 5 years ago, not even knowing BookTube existed, now I can't imagine my life without BookTube and being Hailey in Bookland). But it was a pleasure to read his writing again. He is extremely talented. I was super nervous [...]

    4. Even though I just finished this book, I already know it's one that will stick with me for years to come. I can't fully express how cathartic this book was. I finally saw parts of myself represented in a novel - the parts that I was ashamed of and pretended didn't exist. This is by far my favorite John Green novel. I can't say much more about this because I'm still sobbing over it. Just read it, please.

    5. Let us play a little game called "What could this book possibly about?"First off, we can argue a bit about the setting. His early work would suggest that he prefers warm places, but over the years he has slowly migrated to the Midwest.We can assume that this time it will be set on the sun, for the conditions are best for cultivating our feels, and destroying our hope.Next, we can examine the characters. They must be the perfect combination of witty, socially awkward, beautiful, and of course, bu [...]

    6. Not gonna lie, I’m tempted to flip right back to page 1 and read the book again. THAT NEVER HAPPENS TO ME.

    7. NOTE: i know what "turtles all the way down" means, i know that the spiral holds significance, and i know that this cover is still full-on ugly. please do not feel obligated to explain to me the wonderful intricacies i am missing. the only thing i am missing is my vision, because this cover is so ugly it blinded me-----------yes i am already biased against john green, but can we agree that this cover is straight up UGLY???and also:(i borrowed my sister's computer to say this)

    8. 4.5 STARS I REALLY REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK.If I leave this review blank for now, I may force myself to film a video review (which I really want to do!) hahah

    9. This was ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT and also gave me an existential crisis so thanks for that. I'm actually floored by how good it was. I mean, I haven't read a "new" John Green novel in forever, but this is worth the wait. I wasn't actually nervous going in. It's about mental health (#OWNVOICES I REMIND YOU) and missing persons and smol sad rich boys and everything about this just shouts that it's my kind of novel. It really really hit home so hard for me. I loved it.OK note on the title: I see a lot [...]

    10. Rating 3.5 “Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.” Well, this is awkward.I went into this thinking I wouldn’t like it. Heck, I went into it pretty much expecting to dislike. And yes, I know that’s a horrible thing to say, and a terrible reason to read a book, but come on, you can hardly blame me.I hated The Fault in Our Stars, with all of its extremely pretentious characters (although I did c [...]

    11. "You're a we. You're a you. You're a she, an it, a they. My kingdom for an I."I hate when I have a middle of the road review to write; I like to feel passionately about a book one way or another, and I almost feel it is easier to share my feelings on a book that is a 1-2 star than any of the 3 stars that come along. I feel at a loss for words to describe my experience while reading this book; I've seen multiple reviews state they felt Turtles All the Way Down wasn't even on the same level as The [...]

    12. 2 Starsd that's me being generous.This book was, wellt good.I went into this with somewhat high hopes. I knew it was about a girl with anxiety issues and - as someone who struggled with a lot of anxiety as a hormone-ridden, depressed teen who lost a parent at a young age myself, (much like Aza) I expected to really connect with this story. At least on some level. One reviewer I follow even ranked this as her top read of 2017. Said it was "life changing."LIFE CHANGING. To each their own and all t [...]

    13. bf: *gets me a book*bf: *picks this one because there's 'turtles' in the title*____________________________________No one ever says goodbye unless they want to see you again.I must admit that never in a million years, would have expected to find myself in a situation like this, one where I'd end up completely put off guard by a book I'd never even considered reading in the first place.I'm not a huge John Green fan. I've read his previous works and, even if I didn't completely despise them, the w [...]

    14. Edit: Well, I cannot stop thinking about this book, and it's been a few weeks, so that deserves me upping my rating to 5 stars. It has resonated with me more than I thought it would.“Your now is not your forever.” ― John Green, Turtles All the Way DownWow. This book was stunning. Hard to read (trigger warnings for OCD and anxiety), but Jesus, did it feel healing at the same time. John Green wrote the shit out of this book. The way mental health was portrayed through Aza was excruciating, h [...]

    15. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Turtles All the Way Down is quintessential John Green - exceedingly eloquent teens with advanced vocabularies ponder existential questions - but, much like its protagonist, the book suffers from a confused sense of identity, trying to be too many things at once. It subsequently lacks focus and offers weak emotional impact.

    16. I thought I would fall in love with this book but I just didn't. 😕Now I give all of the stars to Aza, Davis and Noah. I loved Aza so much and as I have mental disorders I can totally relate to her. She's a wonderful character. Davis is her boy ish friend and he's awesome too. Noah is his brother. They are totally rich and their father is missing. So this is about finding each other and finding a missing father. A few other things thrown into the mix. I think what kept this from being a 5 star [...]

    17. “You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.”I went into this with a bowl full of low expectations but with a side of high expectations. And it tasted good.It's been a while since John wrote a book. The first John Green book I ever read was TFIOS, which I loved. During the time that passed until the release of Turtles All the Way Down I caught up with most of his other books, apart [...]

    18. “If only I were as good at life as I am at the internet.”I was so overly eager for any new John Green book related content that I made the mistake of reading the excerpt shared on Buzzfeed last month. I say mistake because when I opened up the book weeks after having read the first two chapters, I only had this vague recollection that certainly wouldn't help to continue from where I'd started. Rereading was key.To give you a bit more background on why I was so eager: Back in 2014, John Gree [...]

    19. I don’t have a very good relationship with John Green books, they are CLEARLY hit or miss for me (hit: TFIOS) (miss: Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Let it Snow, Will Grayson x2) YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE MY DILEMMA IN PICKING UP THIS BOOKBut I was pleasantly surprised So Turtles all the way down did have the john green elements i.e. - Mental health rep- Tragic characters with tragic backstories- 16 year old philosophers (it wasn’t so bad in this book)- Hilarious best friends - The ending th [...]

    20. From the outside looking in, Aza seems to have it all. She's smart and sensitive, and she tries hard to be a good daughter, a good student, and a good friend. But life for Aza isn't what it appears: she struggles every day with invasive thoughts, thoughts which at times leave her unable to focus on nothing but the fear and anxiety they cause."It's so weird, to know you're crazy and not be able to do anything about it, you know? It's not like you believe yourself to be normal. You know there is a [...]

    21. "we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe more intimate than eye contact anyway. Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.3.5 stars. I haven't been the biggest fan of John Green's stories in the past because I found the characters to be too unrelatable. Like they were just trying too hard at times? But Aza's character felt super realistic and I am so impressed right now. This was honestly one of the best depictions of anxiety or any [...]

    22. 4 stars!! 

John Green is one of those authors that always brings the feels. Turtles All the Way Down is a book about mental illness, it’s a book about the power of lifelong friendship, and there is a bit of romance thrown in the mix (though not much). “I would always be like this, always have this within me. There was no beating it. I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me. My self and the disease were knotted together for life.” 
Aza’s story isn’t the easie [...]

    23. Estoy sorprendido.Si me seguís sabréis que no soy el mayor fan de John Green. Sin duda, es un autor que me gusta leer porque sus historias tienen un algo que me gusta, pero hay historias que me han gustado muchísimo y otras que no me han gustado absolutamente nada.Mil veces hasta siempre pasa al top, a ser una de las mejores. Le habría dado cinco estrellas pero me ha faltado un poquito para eso, el dejarme destrozado o flipando. Sin embargo, ha sido un buen viaje en conjunto y ahora os expli [...]

    24. "The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”(spoiler free) I started reading this book without knowing anything about the story or content. I've probably read the description when it was first announced that we would get another John Green book, but I honestly can't remember. I've read all John Green books so I thought I knew what I would sign up for reading this one. Well I was wrong.My first thought after reading a coup [...]

    25. A bad story, from a very 'rich' life.Eh, What Life but Bad Stories All The Way Down!هي قصة سيئة للغاية،'متفلسفة' كعادة روايات جون جرين الوجوديةلكنها جزء من حياة ثرية للغايةليست حياة ذلك الثري الذي يهرب ويترك امواله ل'سحلية' لتكتشف سر الحياةبل هي حياة عزة هولمز، مريضة بمرض خطيرأضطراب الوسواس القهريتسيطر عليها ا [...]

    26. “We always say that we are beneath the stars. We aren’t, of course—there is no up or down, and anyway the stars surround us. But we say we are beneath them, which is nice. So often English glorifies the human—we are whos, other animals are thats—but English puts us beneath the stars, at least.” I strongly believe this will be studied in schools one day. Do you remember reading those novels that were part of the curriculum in your english class? And although you didn't really love it. [...]

    27. This book actually surprised me so much. I genuinely expected to give this a three or four star, but it was one of my favorites of the year for sure. The characters made me smile, the main character was so fresh and real. Most times in YA contemporary, it can be a hit or a miss, but this one was so great. The mental illness representation was unlike anything I have ever read. John Green does not hold back with the reality of having OCD. I highly recommend this book!

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