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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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.

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.

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.

Jan 24, 2018

It's obvious when you read his writing that John Green has never forgotten what it's like to be a teenager. But more than that, feeling lost or uncomfortable in your own skin is just part of being human more than an anomaly. His words are really heartfelt without being sappy and his stories are believable without being overly dramatic or contrived.

JessicaGma Jan 22, 2018

Having previously read "The Man Who Could Not Stop" which is a memoir about OCD, the representation of Aza's OCD is pretty spot on. It's an interesting premise where Aza hears of the famous billionaire going missing, and she knew Davis, his son, long ago, so why not try for the reward money? But it's much better than that, and resolves only as real life can. Definitely worth checking out.

Jan 20, 2018

learned from https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2017/Translating-Lived-Experience-into-a-Compelling-Nov

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...

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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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