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Aza Holmes, age 16, suffers from multiple anxiety and obsessive-compulsive mental disorders while helping her sarcastic best friend Daisy search for a mysterious missing billionaire. Along the way, Aza falls in love and pushes the limits of her various mental disorders with suitably tragic results. The core of the story focuses on Aza's inner struggle; the missing billionaire plot fizzles along until it sputters away into a terrible Deus Ex Machina conclusion. The ending? Well, let's just say it's exactly what I've come to expect from John Green.
John Green does a wonderful job conveying to the audience what living with OCD truly feels like. The main character, Aza Holmes, has to constantly go with her daily routine while also battling the intrusive thoughts that she has. Green writes her inner thinking processes well, and incorporates metaphors such as the ‘ever-tightening spiral’ to give us a sense of what she’s going through. Aza’s best friend, Daisy, is also given a well-rounded personality. In my opinion, although a mystery is incorporated into this novel, it centers more around the genre of a coming-of-age novel. I was slightly disappointed that the mystery wasn’t the main focus of the plot, and it ended up making the ending slightly unsatisfying and abrupt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turtles All the Way Down is the best teen book I’ve read in a while. The inside cover of the book suggests that it’s a mystery-solving kind of genre, but after reading one chapter, I already realized that it’s much more than that. The book tells the story of Aza, a sixteen-year-old girl. She suffers from anxiety on a daily basis. The book is told in first person point of view, making the feelings Aza feel a lot more personal. The author did an amazing job describing the “thought spirals” that go through Aza’s mind. A lot of the concepts presented in this book really makes you think, often the things that never naturally occur to you. The plot is very interesting and unique; it avoided clichés. I would say this is a must-read for all teens because it had vivid descriptions of emotions that few teen books achieved as well as a fast-paced storyline that keeps you hooked. 5/5 rating. Cathy, grade 10, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers
“Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green is a methodical, pensive book that focuses on anxious sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, her best friend, Daisy, and their investigation of a wanted criminal’s whereabouts. Coincidentally, he happens to be the wealthy dad of one of Aza’s old friends from camp- Davis Pickett- which leads them to rekindle their friendship and tentatively grow it into something more. Some main themes include anxiety, as Aza has this tendency to let thoughts and worries spiral until they fill her mind, identity, and privilege. It’s a very self-aware and relatable story. One thing that stood out to me particularly was how the characters could think and feel so much without saying much, which was really powerful and was something I could connect with, as I tend to prefer to communicate internally instead of externally. Like most of John Green’s work that I’ve read, this book lifted me up and put me in a moving, existential, and profound narrative that connected to real life in so many important and surprisingly accurate ways. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to be pleasantly surprised by something new or anyone wanting to gain self-awareness and perspective on life. Out of 5 stars, I’d rate it a 4.5. Elena of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers
A realistic young adult novel which will appeal to the intelligent, sensitive, teenage girl. Readers will enjoy seeing how the protagonist, Aza Holmes, works through a mental health disorder in addition to all the other issues teens must deal with in this day and age. I love the realistic way John Green (the author) captures the thoughts and personality of how teens really are!
A heady and cerebral novel which portrays the impact of anxiety and unwanted thought cycles in a compassionate and straightforward manner. It also examines friendship, loss, economic class, and romance while exploring a mysterious disappearance. The narrator on the audio book does a great job
speeding up her speech to match the pace of anxious thoughts the character struggles with while also distinguishing between different characters.
As a teenager, this book for me is an above-average book, but the summary of the book is not clear and can mislead readers in the wrong direction. This book is about Aza and her struggles with her mental disorder, rather than the millionaire mystery. Something I really enjoyed was that it was in the head of Aza. The audience gets a perspective of the things going on inside her head.
People. A moving exploration of mental health which draws from the author's own experience.
I picked this book up after hearing John Green speak with Teri Gross. Apparently, he's hugely popular online for videos he's posted. And many people read his first book. Liked it.
While at times I do think that John Green overwrites I actually found myself quite enjoying this book. The Fault In Our Stars is what got me back into reading a few years back and because of this, I think I will always like John Green's books no matter what they're about. This book focuses on our main character Aza and her life dealing with her OCD. I found this book to be a huge eye-opener as I got to learn more about a mental health issue that is rarely talked about in the YA community. I know some people dislike Aza's friend Daisy because she can at times be unlikeable. But, to be honest I thought Aza and Daisy's friendship was very honest and real especially since their high school students who are still learning how to navigate life.