NAME: Turtles All the way Down
AUTHOR: John Green
GENRE: YA, contemporary
MY RATING: 4/5
BLURB: 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.
REVIEW: Okay, so you might not know this but I never really liked John Green. I tried reading The Fault in our stars but I couldn’t finish reading it. I watched the movie and I DID NOT LIKE IT. It just seemed so far-fetched and unrealistic and I don’t know I couldnt connect with the story. But Turtles all the way down on the other hand, WAS REALLY GOOD. I liked it a lot, so say the least and my views about John Green’s writing has changed after this book. And… I might just read his other books!
Turtles all the way down isn’t your everyday cliché romance book, IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. To begin with it talks about a very important issue of Mental health and explores this horizon and convey’s its impact to the readers. It makes you understand just how DIFFICULT to handle mental illnesses are and just how deep their roots run. A powerful portrayal of it which impacted me in a huge way.
Let’s talk about the story: There wasnt much going on in the book but whatever was written it was indeed impressive. A friendship, a relationship, love, loss, and so many other things were explored and described in this book. The story was GOOD. It had its ups and downs and was a little slow for me in the beginning and I felt like some aspects could have been made clearer but the stunning writing and beautiful, beautiful use of words made up for it.
One of my favourite things about this book apart from the theme was the protagonist, Aza who suffered from mental illness and just HOW MUCH her character grew during the course of the book. Her mind, her thoughts were described and made clear and I loved her SO MUCH. She was strong and fragile at the same time. The determination she possessed was unbelievable. Sure, no one is perfect and Aza had her share of issues but on the whole, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS CHARACTER.
The book has a very sad and vague ending I would say which broke my heart. It was so amazing and yet so devastating. The way the characters’ lives change, the way they develop all of it was amazing. I wish the book lasted a little longer but sometimes you have to put an end to even the best of things.
So on the whole, This book was quite amazing and you should definitely give it a read. I am sure you wont be disappointed. I really, really liked this book and plan to read more books around the theme of mental health, like thirteen reasons why. I have watched the show but I would like to read the book too!
PS: Would you like me to do a whole post of my favourite quotes from the book? Comment down below and please let me know!