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."
"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. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, 2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRE
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 22, 2020

Mental Illness needs to be talked about. This book shows why.

Aug 30, 2020

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.

Aug 22, 2020

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.

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.

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Nov 22, 2020

“I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Nov 22, 2020

“Actually, the problem is that I can’t lose my mind,” I said. “It’s inescapable.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Nov 22, 2020

“You remember your first love because they show you, prove to you, that you can love and be loved, that nothing in this world is deserved except for love, that love is both how you become a person and why.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Nov 22, 2020

“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Nov 22, 2020

“no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again. aa”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

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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