Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

Book - 2017
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It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780525555360
0525555366
Characteristics: 286 pages ;,22 cm.

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AL_SUSANW Jun 06, 2018

Not as engaging as many of Green's novels but fascinating since he also suffers from mental issues. I read (actually listened to) this novel with mixed emotions but had to rate it a 4 since "Turtles" is a higher quality novel than the usual YA fare and features a complex plot line including a mystery, love story and mental illness.

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Starpoem
May 03, 2018

I thought this book was better than The Fault in Our Stars, John Green's most famous book. I just loved the characters in Turtles All the Way Down so much. Aza, the main character, is the type of person I would want to be friends with: she is introspective, thoughtful, kind, deep, smart, and fun. Her struggles with OCD were realistically portrayed. Davis, Aza's love interest, seems like he would be fun to hang around with, since he loves poetry, astronomy, and science fiction--and he matured a lot over the course of the book. I don't know if I would want to be friends with Daisy, but I was intrigued by her Chewbacca fanfic and wished it were real (not the Ayala parts, though). I even liked the weird little tuatara. The characters all had their faults and foibles, but that just made them seem all the more realistic. This book gave me a lot to think about, and I believe it will stick with me for a long time.

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Amberrodgerss
Mar 26, 2018

Great read! Not my favorite john green book but it keeps you Reading to find out what happens. Also interesting to see a character have a mental disorder and hear that part of the story as well. Not many people can write about that stuff. Great read over all!

Sug_Smith Mar 25, 2018

Turtles All the Way Down gives readers a unique and realistic look into the mind of a teen, Aza, with OCD as she navigates her life. This novel is genius in how it portrays mental health to the world.

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Einer2
Mar 21, 2018

Even with all of the side plots it seems to ring true of OCD (so hard to get if you don't have it) and should be a must read in high school.

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hannmsha
Mar 21, 2018

My brain and emotions are effectively scrambled. I finished this book in the bathtub, shed some tears, made some emotional noises, and proceeded to take a shower. I had some sort of crisis during that shower. I didn't cry again but I sure as heck felt a lot of emotions. This is a book I needed. I feel like I've always needed it. I don't know if I read this book at the exact right time in my life, but I read at a damn good time in my life for what it delivered.

I loved the writing. It's very simple, but it's intelligent, it flows and is so quotable. The quotes are not pretentious like you might expect, they are beautiful, they are poetry. The writing is very philosophical. This could be a fault, but to me, it's not. It's how I think, day in and day out. I identify a lot with the writing, and with the character of Aza. Speaking of...

I loved the characters. I guess you could say they were borderline cliché, and Daisy might have been a tad too eccentric, but you know what? I don't care! I love them! They're so human, so raw and real. They have imperfections, physically, mentally, emotionally. I have to take a moment to appreciate the character descriptions; their physical descriptions are by and large a nonentity. It was so refreshing to have that, especially in a YA novel. Anyways. I love Daisy and Aza's relationship. I love their struggles with each other and how they deal with it and grow. I love it so much. I love Davis' role in the book, in Aza's life, even if it is admittedly small. I don't really care about the storyline, and the thing is you don't have to. I care for Aza, and in the end, that's what matters. Speaking of ends, I love love love the ending. It's exactly what I needed. Anything else would have felt wrong.

That's all I got. Gosh. Like I said, my brain and emotions are scrambled ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Happy Reading, Folks!

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EvelynWeiser
Mar 18, 2018

This was probably my least favorite of John Green's books. I felt like the issue of the character's OCD was a book into itself and the whole mystery about the boy's father's disappearance got lost. It would have been fine to have a character with OCD in the story but that issue was too prominent for a story that's also a mystery. Neither one ended up being that interesting.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 20, 2018

This wasn’t my favorite John Green book, but like all of his books it has teenagers in extreme situations surrounded by a quirky cast of characters. One thing I like about John Green’s books is that there are times I think, “Why on Earth are these two friends?” because the characters seemingly have nothing in common, but then the book gradually shows their genuine connection. Sometimes the quirkiness got to be a little too much, like the tuatara set to inherit millions of dollars, Daisy’s bizarre Chewbacca/Rey fanfiction, or art shows that are literally underground. I won’t spoil it, but I really liked the ending because it showed serious growth for all characters and it wasn’t trite.

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CarleeMcDot
Feb 19, 2018

I didn't know much about this book when I grabbed it from the library, other than I had seen that a couple of my friends had recently picked it up so I figured I'd give it a try. This is the same author as The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns (both of which I did not read but saw the movies and enjoyed). I'll be honest, I couldn't put this down. Sometimes you just need a good little love story (I guess you could consider this one) to get totally engulfed in. This story shows us that it's okay to not be okay, that it's okay to ask for help, and that it's hard as hell to try to cope with life when you feel as though everything is spiraling our of control. I appreciate that the author dives into the topic of mental health. It was raw, honest and real. And, although this might be a little bit of a spoiler, you are left with heartbreak in the end... Because, as Aza says, " The problem with happy ending is that they're either not really happy, or not really endings, you know? In real life, some things get better and some things get worse." I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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swheeler89
Jan 30, 2018

Brief moments when this book shined - he knows how to develop characters (esp. teenagers) however, despite his efforts, he rushes into mental health issues while hanging out in a fictional land. I am glad he is trying to start a conversation, but it is really tough to deliver an enjoyable read when dangerous mental health issues are casually woven into a teenage romance.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 04, 2018

Your now is not your forever.

There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.


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 problem. But you can’t figure a way through to fixing it.

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violet_crow_41
Dec 12, 2017

I know that girl would go on, that she would grow up, have children and love them, that despite loving them she would get too sick to care for them, be hospitalized, get better and then get sick again. I know a shrink would say "Write it down, how you got here."
So you would, and in writing it down you realize, love is not a tragedy or a failure, but a gift.

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blue_dove_464
Oct 30, 2017

blue_dove_464 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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