Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Granted, as a fan of most of John Green's writing (I haven't yet read "Looking for Alaska"), I may be biased. But as both a fan and someone who's lived with people with OCD and other anxiety disorders, this book is fantastic, and possibly his best book so far.
Anonymous 8 months ago
From the plot to the depiction of anxiety and cast of brilliant kids, I fell in love from beginning to end. The last half I couldn't stop crying... just too relatable and like I said, how Green writes about Aza's anxiety is so true and painted so vividly, it truly hits close to home.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner 7 months ago
What’s it like to be trapped in your own mind, with obsessive thoughts that manifest into socially awkward behaviors you don’t know how to control? Aza Holmes, Holmesy to her best friend Daisy, is far from the legendary Sherlock who could use his obsessive nature to solve crimes. Terrified of acquiring a bacterial infection at the slightest human interaction, Aza struggles with being attentive to her best friend’s love life and Star Wars fan fiction, missing her father who passed away, or even battling against her own downward thought spirals. But the two girls decide to solve the local Case of the Fugitive Billionaire. An insanely wealthy childhood friend named Davis has a father on the run, with a $100,00 reward for his capture. Aza reconnects with the one friend who also knows the endless pain of having lost a parent, and allows him to get closer than anyone before. This novel is essential reading for every teen in America as well as any person who's ever struggled with or known anyone with a mental disorder. Painful yet hilarious, Turtles All The Way Down is one of the most brutally honest and necessary books of our time and often reflects the author’s own real struggles. For discussion questions, similar reads, and a themed recipe for Dr. Pepper Cupcakes with Cherry Almond Vanilla Frosting, visit hub pages.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Beautifully written
Anonymous 9 months ago
An authentic look at mental illness, John Green brings his most mature work in Turtles all the Way Down. At times the book will make you laugh, but Green masterfully intertwines the feeling of what an anxiety sufferer can feel. His (Green's) philosophy is still alive and well and Turtles is no exception, with conversations reminiscent of "Looking For Alaska". At times the book will follow you all the way down right along with the main character and deliver a sense of hopelessness and authentic fear of being in the Spiral, as John has called them. [spoilers] Turtles is a very strong voice about mental illness. And not just curing it, or treating it, or learning to live with it. It's about defining it. It's an important step in bringing the voice that mental illness won't leave. It won't 'get better' but that doesn't have to be a detriment. It's a part of the person. It's something that is you, and the book does a good job of relating the sense of personhood amongst the concept of taking medication. The book also deals with loss and death in a way harkening to "Alaska" but isn't as overt in its themes. Still, John brings a voice to the feeling and the reader isn't left unfulfilled. [/spoilers] Overall. Wonderful book. Probably John Green's best. (yet!) DFTBA.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Not a story that tries to be perfect and with its characters, rich with imperfection, is perfectly told nonetheless. Offered to us with an honesty that only ever happens when telling the truth is the sole currency that has any value. Even if specific challenges aren't our own, the pain, loss, and struggle are universal.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I devoured this book in one sitting. I did not want to put it down because I was sucked into this world that John Green masterfully built. He is genius with words and he was able to get me to fall in love with these characters and mourn their loss when I finished. I already miss being in Aza's head and reading her story about her struggle with anxiety, her love for her friend and mother, as well as her building relationship with Davis (whom stole my heart). Overall a great and thought provoking read. I highly recommend!
Anonymous 6 days ago
WHAT A GREAT BOOK! I am not a big fan of reading books, but I decided to give John Green’s new book a try. I have previously read “A Fault in Our Stars,” “Looking for Alaska,” “Paper Towns,” and “Will Grayson, Will Grayson.” John Green really did a fantastic job of writing this book. The plot makes you want to keep turning to the next page and then to the next page. I couldn’t put this book down! Excellent!
JMTJTC 6 days ago
“Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Number of Pages: 288. Perspective: First. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana. Turtles All The Way Down is about a girl who goes on a quest to find a local missing billionaire. In the process, she reconnects with the billionaire’s son, whom she met at camp years ago. It is a story of friendship, family, and how crippling thoughts and fears can be. What I love about this book is its ability to capture how anxiety and compulsive thoughts feel. I know it is hard for people without those disorders to understand, but I hope that this book gives them even the teeniest idea of what its like. Personally, I have put a lot of time and effort into subduing my spiraling thoughts. I am in a good place now, but there was a time where I could barely eat for six months because my irrational fears and anxieties took over, and I couldn’t explain what was happening to anyone. It’s a scary and lonely place to be, so I understood where Aza was. As for the actual story, there wasn’t as much happening as I would expect from a John Green novel. All of his past novels have included a lot of adventure. This book started to have a little romance and mystery, but neither fully played out. Aza and her thoughts were the primary focus. That’s not a horrible thing, since it is realistic of people with anxiety. But it is hard to read a story with not a lot happening. I think if the book was 50-100 pages longer I would have been more content. I just was also kind of irked by the dialogue. No sixteen-year-old talks like a ninety-year-old professor. Actually, some of the things they said were too formal and deep for any person to say in a normal conversation. Read more at: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2018/01/turtles-all-way-down-john-green.html
Anonymous 7 days ago
Green does a phenomenal job portraying mental illness in this book. My heart broke repeatedly for Aza as she struggled to interact with her peers and family in a "normal" way while constantly being held back by her anxiety and OCD. Even the times I was reading about characters I wasn't a huge fan of, I completely understood their purpose and it made the entire story a more engaging and complex read.
Anonymous 11 days ago
While reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, I found myself falling into the spiral that is the story of Aza Holmes. Green uses the raw truth of what it is like to live with a mental illness, to tell of the adventure that Aza, and her best friend Daisy confront. Green artistily tells the story of how these best friends uncover clues to a missing persons report by using both current and past experiences. The people that they encounter along the way show the social stigma of mental health in the 21st century as they interact with Aza. The word choice and phrasing Green uses to convey the importance of mental health helps connect to the hearts of anyone that knows someone struggling with mental illness, or themselves are a living with a mental illness. John Green has told an important story that all people should read to educate themselves on the importance of mental health, as well as the importance of being loyal to all of their family and friends who support them. With laughter and tears, I look forward to reading more from John Green, as I have in the past, because he keeps improving as a storyteller. Well done, Green.
Anonymous 12 days ago
The best John Green has written this far
BooksnKisses 17 days ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 I am really on the fence about this book. I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy it all at the same time. I was able to listen to this book narrated by Kate Rudd. I will say that one of my biggest issues was that it was hard at times to distinguish between characters as Ms. Rudd was reading. The story arc itself it had me wanting to fast forward the audio book. At times Aza really got on my nerves and wasn’t sure that I was going to finish this book. But I powered through it. I am not really sure what more to say other then we actually learn what the title of the book actually means. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Penguin Random House, LLS in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
sofia minich 23 days ago
A simply amazing book that beautifully and realistically captures the essence of mental illness. A must-read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Was an okay read, definitely not his best!! I enjoyed his perspective of anxiety and how it plays with the mind, but wasn't a fan of the story itself.
Anonymous 4 months ago
John Green is one of my favorite human beings. His voice calms my soul. This book is Azaming. And also amazing. (:
Anonymous 4 months ago
John Green does it again!
Anonymous 5 months ago
TheThoughtSpot 5 months ago
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green opens with Aza as she struggles with self-confidence and feeling like she never belongs. Her best friend and support is Daisy and the two of them set out to earn a reward for finding a missing billionaire. This mystery brings more interest to the story and the dynamic characters are fun, humorous and entertaining as well deep thinking. The three main characters, Aza, Daisy and Davis all bring a lot of interest to the story plus the side characters add an extra depth. I appreciate how John Green portrays mental illness with realism and deeply detailed prose. The author’s note at the end offers insight into his own personal struggles and also help and hotline information. 5 stars for a great portrayal of the human mind and its struggles!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Breathtaking, amusing, brilliant, and complex. Just some of the words that can accurately describe Turtles All The Way Down, by John Green. The bestselling author of Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars, and An Abundance Of Katherines. Throughout the book Green explores a few dark topics such as death, mental illness, and loss. The books centers around a teenage girl named Aza and the most important people in their life. Her best friend Daisy, her love intrest Davis, and her overbearing mother. These people are very important to the nerdy Aza. However, while these characters play important roles in her life, the most influential, and overpowering things in her life, are her thoughts. Aza is mentally unwell, and while she is not insane, or a threat to herself and others, she still struggles with copious amounts of anxiety and fear. The book focuses on Aza and her best friend Daisy pursuing a runaway fugitive, Aza’s intrusive thoughts and the people that are by her side to help her with it. Green does an excellent job of portraying just how trapped Aza feels by her thoughts, and readers spend a large amount of the book inside Aza’s head. To sum it all up, this was a great book. And a must read for all YA readers.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green was very intriguing to many audiences, especially teens and young adults. The way the story was written was that you could interpret it in many ways. Especially the ending.This could be a hit or miss with the people that read this book. For me, I think the very beginning and when you learned more about the characters was very interesting because you learned some background with them, and I always like that part of the book because you get to see the characters grow. The ending of this book though, I loved but at the same time I hated it. Normally I like to read books that have structure but this book you could choose how it ended you can choose what happened to the characters. I feel like the end was too soon and I definitely want to see more from this book, but at the same time I feel like it would be difficult to continue the story and have it be as amazing as it was. When you reached the climax I was so excited and I could not set the book down, even the falling action was very exciting. John Green really made me want to read this book for forever.
rmack92 6 months ago
ohn Green has a way of making you nostalgic about your teenage years, despite how awkward, unpredictable and melodramatic they are. It is evident that Green has a deep understanding of the complexities of the human condition and is a master of weaving them through his novels in meaningful ways. His characters--with uncommonly large vocabularies and unique subject knowledge--still remind us of ourselves although they and their circumstances are sometimes exaggerated. Turtles All the Way Down is a book about 16-year old Aza Holmes, a girl afflicted with mental illness and who is on a mission to find a fugitive billionaire with her best friend Daisy. Like most Green novels, we meet a goofy friend (Daisy) and a love interest (Davis). Daisy is eager to investigate the disappearance of Davis' father, Russell Pickett, a fugitive billionaire. After an unexpected gesture by Davis, Daisy loses interest in the investigation but Aza finds that she cannot help but continue the search. TATWD is noticeably different from Green's previous novels, perhaps because of his personal experience with mental illness; one cannot help but feel that Aza is a real person as we read about her obsession with hand sanitizer and C. Diff. TATWD is an important book, quite like It's Kind Of a Funny Story. Green's newest novel somehow manages to put into words the indescribable experience of anxiety and OCD. Five years after his last publication and after the enormous success of The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down is a compulsive read that will make readers more aware of the struggles of those living with mental illnesses and will help you find comfort in knowing that you are not alone.
KateUnger 6 months ago
Like many of you I’m sure, I was beyond excited to learn that John Green had written another book. I bought Turtles All the Way Downheard John speak about his OCD at NerdCon right away on Audible because I wanted to listen to it immediately after it’s release, and I was hoping my husband would listen to it as well. (He hasn’t yet.) I didn’t know much going into the novel other than that the main character, Aza, has OCD, just like John Green does. I had a couple of years ago, but he’d only really given one example about checking that the car doors were locked over and over. I’d read a different novel about OCD where the character was more compulsive than obsessive, but this book was my first insight into the obsessive aspect of OCD. Wow. Aza has some very intense thought spirals focused mainly on germs and gut bacteria and illness. That part of this book was really realistic and kind of horrifying. The main plot of the book though was pretty far-fetched, which isn’t unusual for John Green. Aza and her best friend are trying to find a fugitive business executive who happens to be Aza’s childhood friend’s father. A large amount of money changes hands without parental knowledge, which was kind of hard for me to overlook. And Aza and Davis (the childhood friend) develop a romantic relationship, which of course I loved. There are a lot of other quirky things going on in the story, which kind of made it jump all over the place. There’s a fair amount of profundity and pretentiousness, but I would expect no less from John Green. I’d probably rate the plot of this book at only 3 stars, but because of the honest portrayal of OCD and the fact this book is written by John Green, who I love, I bumped it up to 4 stars. This book doesn’t surpass other books by Green in my mind, but I did enjoy it. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-turtles-all-the-way-down-by-john-green/
Sandy5 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I had a few questions in the back of my mind while I was reading it, questions I felt were important and would definitely have a significant impact on whether this novel worked for me or not but I didn’t get hung up on them while I was reading. Then it occurred, the fantastic winding up of the novel. The two main characters finally gave me what I had been looking for. Grinning from ear-to-ear, this lively ending was beautiful, it was exactly what I needed. The novel centers around Aza and her best friend Daisy. Daisy has a major crush on Mychal. When Daisy finally lands a date with Mychal, it includes Aza. Aza doesn’t want to date. Aza has strong anxiety issues that she is trying to control. I loved how the author showed us how Aza is drowning in her anxiety. I could feel the anger, her frustration, and the struggle within herself as the anxiety comes creeping in. Calling upon Davis to accompany her on her date with Daisy and Mychal, this puts into motion a relationship that Aza doesn’t want but one that Davis begins to enjoy. And then there is Noah, oh Noah….. Davis is a complicated boy and Aza doesn’t need complications right now but she just might need Davis in her life. There were many fun and entertaining references in this novel. I enjoyed the references to Star Wars, it was just too bad that it took Aza a long time to realize what was occurring. Mychal sure had talent and he still abides by his curfew. Davis’ quotes. These were fun and shed a lot of light on the situation and Davis’ thoughts and feelings. My heart went out to Aza as she dealt with her illness. It felt so painful and then when she tried to save herself from the bacteria that entered her system from being kissed, my heart sank. Anxiety is real and I was glad someone gave it the attention it deserves. A wonderful novel and one that I highly recommend.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was the first book I've ever read from John Green, and I must admit that it was out of this world. No regrets on reading this novel!