Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Genre: YA contemporary romance with a dose of mental health
Is this part of a series? No.
Published: October 13th, 2017
‘At the time I first realized I might be fictional, my weekdays were spent at a publicly funded institution on the north side of Indianapolis called White River High School,’…
Meet Aza Holmes, a teen girl with severe anxiety-among other issues. Her thoughts… her mind… is a spiral, constantly taking over her world. Daisy, Aza’s fearless best friend, does her best to understand and help her through everything…. while still living her own life complete with Wookie fan fictions.
One day the Daisy discovers that Russell Picket, billionaire, has gone missing just before a raid on his house. Wanted for bribery, there is a reward for information pertaining to his whereabouts. It just so happens that Aza went to camp with Davis Pickett, Russell’s son. This, to Daisy, gives them an in.
‘We are about to live the American Dream, which is, of course, to benefit from someone else’s misfortune.’
Daisy is all about finding out info about Russell and pulling Aza along for the ride. They go to see Davis, the lonely son, and Aza and Davis begin to reconnect. With his own introspective nature and hang-ups, Davis may be the only one to truly understand where Aza is coming from and the two begin the most awkward first love in history. Can they survive the spiral that is Aza’s thoughts, the drama of a missing person’s search and…. Just teen life…. and find a way to just be together?
I may be a tad in love with John Green at the moment. Like everyone else I read The Fault in Our Stars, as well as several other books by him. I loved them all… but this… this is something else! Aza is a bit self-centered and completely neurotic, but you feel for her and love her to death. Daisy has her own issues, mainly being obsessed with what she doesn’t have and a bit over the top in her love of Star Wars. Some of the things the girls did, both to themselves and one another, made me angry; but they’re just kids really and this is absolutely in character. I loved watching the two polar opposite characters interact. I also adored Davis, the introspective astronomy enthusiast, and the burgeoning romance there. Also, is it just me or is the way the elder Pickett is described reminiscent of our POTUS? At times deep, thoughtful and heart wrenching, you still get the moments of hilarity and candor that Green is famous for. I actually bought this book in hardback for the express purpose of foisting my copy on several friends. This is a book for sharing and discussion! Five stars!
On the adult content scale, there’s quite a bit of foul language and off color conversation, but it never travels past there. I would hand this book over to an early teen easily, thus I give it a three at most.
The book is out! Got get it!!!
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