Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

eBook - 2017
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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: [Place of publication not identified : Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2017].
ISBN: 9780525555353
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Jun 16, 2020

Amazing. I'm not a professional. But to the average book reader which, I think most authors want to read and enjoy, it was wonderful.

JCLAlisonS Apr 23, 2020

In “Turtles All the Way Down” we meet our protagonist, Aza, who struggles with elevated levels of anxiety on a frequent basis. She expertly draws poetic analogies to convey the depths of her affliction. We also have her best friend, Daisy, a fan fic aficionado and “normal teenage girl,” as well as a wealthy former classmate, Davis, whose father has disappeared.

And thus, Daisy and Aza embark on a mystery! Where is the elusive father?

It’s all beautifully written and occasionally captivating, but in all honesty, the mystery was wrapped up a bit too tidily and expediently. (Note: I know the mystery of the missing father wasn’t the main plot point, that we, as intelligent consumers of John Green literature, are supposed to reflect upon the nature of existence and materialism but why make it a main conflict then?).

So on the John Green scale, I’d place it between The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines. Good and worth reading but in no way even close to the quality of Looking for Alaska.

Apr 14, 2020

John Green Does it again!This story is a great dipiction of liking with anxiety and day to day life when you second guess everything. I found the love story and its realistic end very refreshing to the normal happily ever after seem in many of these stories. I have to say this will be a book i will continue to re-read and I feel will get something new out of it each time.

Feb 24, 2020

After seeing the author on 60 Minutes about two weeks ago, I decided to give this title a try. Found the novel engaging and very much reminiscent of teen life, where knowing who your true friends are and where to hang out remained key concerns after schoolwork and parents/family. Some ethical dilemmas are presented. Now I wish to give The Fault in our Stars a read.

SPL_Liz Feb 11, 2020

This was my first John Green novel and I like they way it gave a first person p.o.v. from a teen struggling with mental health. With that said, I found it was a bit too much for me. All the talk of biomes, infection, and anxiety spirals got in the way of me really connecting with this book. I think the author's intent was to demonstrate the pervasiveness of these unwanted thoughts and how they can take away from a persons sense of self and identity. It's well-written and explores great questions and revelations but it just wasn't for me.

Nov 28, 2019


ArapahoeTina Oct 26, 2019

A great book for kids with anxiety to see themselves in. John Green brings teens to life in a way few authors do, and as I reader, I'm so grateful for that.

Sep 25, 2019

This was such a good book! I loved Aza, I loved Daisy and I loved Davis <3

Aza's spirals are an accurate portrayal and were so well written that they sometimes gave me anxiety.

This is a heartwarming book but you can't take the plot to seriously. A fun read about friendship with some pop culture references to lighten the overall mood of the story. Join the main character for a journey of first love and self awareness.

Sep 23, 2019

I truly enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure what to expect based on the title but I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a young adult novel.

Aug 02, 2019

Turtles All the Way Down is a fantastic book. I have been a fan of John Green for several years, and I was skeptical if he could replicate the success of his previous work. He did just that, and then some.

The main character, Aza Holmes, is an incredibly well-written character. The plot was well thought out, especially for its straightforward premise, and I could never put this book down. However, the book was not simply about mystery and teenage romance. It peered into the stigmatized realm of mental health. I enjoyed the insights into Aza's mind, as it taught me greatly about mental health, and I felt as if Green's snippets of internal dialogue were exceptional. Really shedding some light onto the issue.

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ArapahoeTina Oct 30, 2019

“Your now is not your forever.”

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.

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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