Turtles All The Way Down, John Green - Review

Thursday, 18 January 2018

'It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.'
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.
I have been a big John Green fan since my teens and reading and rereading Looking For Alaska until I discovered the rest of his work and became an even bigger fan. I can't believe it's been so long since his last book, but as soon as I saw it's release date it went straight on my TBR pile. 

Turtles All The Way Down, could be quite a triggering novel for someone who has or is suffering with mental illness. It's a no holds barred depiction of how mental illness can take over your life and the powerlessness that can come with not being able to stop it. Aza's character knows what she is doing and feeling isn't "normal" but can't get to grips with being able to stop and take ownership of her body and life. Green's writing makes it easy to read but at the same time its jarring to think of how badly it can effect someone in their every day life. 

The actual plot of the story is somewhat irrelevant. It allows for easier reading and breaks up the harsh subplot of mental illness but doesn't really add anything of any real value to the story. That being said I still really enjoyed it, and it did give us a glimpse of another side to Aza's personality and her trying to break free of the bounds of her monotonous routines. 

I think this is an important book for the market it was intended for, YA, but also for everybody else. The taboo around these kinds of subjects is slowly starting to break but with novels like this, showing the stark reality of anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness it would be a lot easier to start conversations with those who need it the most and for those who don't quite understand it yet, to get an insight into what others are feeling.

Have you read Turtles All The Way Down or any other John Green books? What is your favourite?

Abi xo 

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  1. I had no idea that this is what this book is about, now I actually want to read it! I haven't read too many books by John Green but what I have read I've enjoyed :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  2. Every time I see this I get so confused by the title, I think I need to give it a chance

    Mel ✨