Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

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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
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm


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#2 Aza Holmes, a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.

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Jan 11, 2018

This is a wonderful read, and a well done representation of mental illness.

Jan 04, 2018

I've deeply hated every single one of John Green's books, with their unbelievable plots, badly written characters and overall lack of originality. And this novel felt like that for a short while. The beginning felt like Green was stumbling around trying to find some sort of originality and his characters felt dull and flat. Around halfway through the book it looked as if this one would be as disappointing as the last ones, with the plot seemingly going nowhere. However Green began to settle into writing the character Aza better as the went on and by the end I was in love and didn't care at all about the near disappointment in the beginning. This was by far his most believable books and I'm glad that he addressed the issue of love better in this novel than in TFIOS and seemed to even acknowledge that there was a fakeness in the 'love' portrayed in that novel.
If I recall correctly, Turtles All The Way Down was written by Green to portray his experiences with mental health and you could feel his emotions and frustrations pouring out of the page and I commend him for that. Writing about mental health in a way that makes people understand and feel as if they know what is going on inside the mind of someone suffering with issues relating to it is incredibly challenging but he managed to do it.
Also, the addition of a death in the family felt unnecessary to me and was a bit of a reach. It added to the feeling that Green was going in blind and had no ideas on what he wanted to do and where he wanted to go with this novel.
Overall, it was a great book, as long as you manage to make it through the beginning. It's my favourite John Green book by far

Dec 30, 2017

I found this book difficult to get into. Part of the problem was that the promotional blurb misrepresented it. It's not a mystery novel. The mystery is tangential and really only relevant in terms of character development. The other part of the problem was that I found some of the quirkiness quite forced - as if everything got thrown at the wall to see what would stick (the lizard that's not actually a lizard, the eccentric billionaire who loves the lizard that's not actually a lizard more than he loves his kids, the car named Harold, the Chewbacca romatic fan fiction writing best friend, etc. etc. etc.).

Considering that, I really only got into the book about halfway through. Once it stopped trying so hard and settled into being a character study of a girl dealing with pretty serious anxiety, it got much better. I enjoyed the later parts of the book.

Dec 14, 2017

"The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely."

Before I say anything, in the interest of full disclosure, may it be stated that I am a John Green fan. I have followed the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel for YEARS. I've loved most of what he's written. So, I had a good feeling that Turtles All the Way Down was going to be great before I started it.

With all of that out of the way, Turtles All the Way Down is a fantastic read. The characters feel more tangible than almost anything I've ever read.

When the billionaire construction mogul Russell Pickett goes missing, Aza Holmes' interest is peaked. Not just because there is a $100,000 reward, but because he is Davis' father. Davis and Aza attended the same summer camp growing up, but had fallen out of touch over the years. Aza's best friend Daisy hatches a self proclaimed "brilliant" plan to find information and claim the reward, and off the story goes.

Turtles is at its strongest when the characters are interacting with each other, or Aza is interacting with her inner self. She is real, vulnerable, and a beautiful case study of what it looks like to have OCD and anxiety. Her thoughts are harrowing yet believable. She battles her demons mostly using inner dialogue, and it is challenging to put yourself in her shoes.

If you've ever wondered, "what's wrong with them" when dealing with a loved one with mental illness, Turtles is a must read.

Turtles All the Way Down is raw and unfiltered in a way that left me feeling stripped bare. Easily a top contender for the best YA book of 2017...

DPLsheila Dec 11, 2017

A moving and honest book.

Dec 05, 2017

I loved how John Green wrote about a character with extreme anxiety. He really took the readers "down the spiral." I do not always feel there is a lot of substance to John Green books but he is an enjoyable writer, has excellent quotes, and overall fun stories. I loved the way he explored a character having anxiety in this book.

Nov 29, 2017

Although this isn’t my favorite John Green book, as usual, he gives me lots to think about and how mental illness and extreme anxiety can impact a person’s life. He writes with honesty, giving me a look at issues I need to understand better. He allowed me to have empathy wit a teen-ager I might have ignored.

Nov 25, 2017

So glad John Green come out with another book! Just like his others, this book is very unique. This book is about Aza, a teenager who is trying to get through life with her anxiety disorder. She thought that was hard until her old friend Davis's father goes missing just before his house is supposed to be raided by the police. Now she and her friend Daisy want to help Davis and his younger brother Noah find their father.
I thought this book was going to focus more on trying to find the father, but it was more about Aza and her trying to cope with her anxiety. Although still an amazing book, it's not what I was expecting. Rating 4 out of 5 stars
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

John Green is by far one of my favourite authors, and his new book, Turtles All The Way Down, does not disappoint. This novel was able to put a name to feelings and thoughts I have in a way I never could. He created characters that people may relate to, but never truly understand. The connection he creates between the characters and the reader is much like the connections we encounter with other people. Throughout this story, I was able to learn more about myself and along with Aza, the story’s protagonist, I came to terms with some part of myself and bettered from it. This novel left me feeling educated and with a feeling that I was not expecting after reading it; self contentment. This story is so real and reflects real life and human connections, thoughts and emotions in such an accurate manner, while taking the readers through a carefully thought-out and written plot. I highly recommend that everyone read this novel because it will provide some insight into other people's minds and the way we formulate our thoughts and emotions (or how de don’t) and also take the readers through a wonderful story. I rate this 5 out of 5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 25, 2017

This is a book about Aza, her best friend Daisy and their friends Davis and Mychal. Davis' billionaire father vanishes and there is a reward offered for his whereabouts. Daisy wants the reward and Aza is ambivalent since she has feelings for Davis. The book is educational, poignant, and tells us about Aza's battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and anxiety. Every topic that the author touches is handled well. The plot is well told and holds the book together. A great Young Adult Read.

Nov 23, 2017

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Turtles All The Way Down is about a teenage girl named Aza Holmes, who we the reader follows through the novel as she tries to overcome her battle with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and anxiety whilst trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her old child hood friend Davis Pickett's billionaire father Russell Pickett with her best friend Daisy Ramirez, whose a passionate Star Wars fan-fiction author online.

Now you have the premise of the novel let me begin by saying that John Green has done it again. Turtles All The Way Down comes extremely close to topping his previous worldwide phenomenon The Fault In Our Stars by truely capturing the world of a seemingly everyday teenage girl and introducing readers to the anxious life of OCD sufferers.
With each scenario that unfolds throughout the novel involving both Aza's troubles with OCD and anxiety, the reader begins to develop a greater understanding of the disorder's and even starts to feel the effects that our main character battles through only leaving the reader with the greatest of sympathy and understanding for Aza. This even so when our troublesome main character seems to make all the wrong decisions that we'd usually be frustrated by in everyday life.
Green also manages to capture the world of the characters around Aza and the repercussions of her actions they must face, grow to understand and overcome, giving the story an entirely new level of insight inside the lives of those around someone who struggles with these disorders.

However, though Green does a fantastic job at dropping the reader into the world of our main character Aza and taking us along the rollocoaster ride that is her battles with OCD and anxiety there are moments throughout the novel that fall short at keeping the readers attention. Everyday life isn't always drama filled, even with said disorders, and that is no different in the novel. There are chapters that seem to hold no real substance to the story itself and seem to only be there to fill the gaps in between the stories arches. The story also falls short on the investigating/mystery side of things, only ever really picking up that aspect of the novel at the very beginning and end causing the reader to feel almost cheated from a good mystery that is wasted.
These two critiques alone unfortunately hold the novel back at being Green's best piece of work, however, giving it it's rightful spot in second place amongst the rest.

Turtles All The Way Down is a great, seamlessly quick adventure that takes readers on the ever fluctuating journey of Aza Holmes that no reader, regardless of age, should be sure to miss.

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AL_MARYA 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.

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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Oct 30, 2017

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