Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green book cover and review
I enjoyed Turtles All the Way Down. I attribute that enjoyment to Green's writing style because I'm not sure I would have enjoyed a book like this by anyone else.

Aza is crippled by her own thoughts.  She is convinced that she's going to get an infection (mostly C. diff, but any infection will do) and it's going to kill her.  When she starts thinking these things, it begins a downward spiral that she has trouble escaping.  She sees a psychiatrist, and her mother is supportive, but she can't escape.

When billionaire Russell Pickett disappears and a $100,000 reward is offered, her friend Daisy convinces Aza to contact Russell's son, Davis, who Aza used to know.

Aza and Davis begin a relationship that is difficult, to say the least.  Aza has her issues, and Davis is dealing with a fugitive father and a younger brother who is devastated that his father just up and left.

The characters are what kept me invested in Turtles All the Way Down.  The plot is rather simple and meandering, but you get connected to the pain and heartache that they are experiencing along the way.  You may want to prepare yourself for a less than happy ending.  It's realistic and genuine, but not necessarily happy.

This is John Green.  If you are a fan, you will enjoy this book.  Maybe it's not his best, depending on your opinion, but definitely worth the read.  It won't take much pushing to get my teens to read it.

Published by Dutton BFYR, October 10, 2017
Copy obtained from a friend
304 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Reviews for this book are all over the place. I'm a huge John Green fan but I wanted to wait until the hype dies down a bit before picking it up. Thanks for a great review!

  2. This is one that I've bought recently and haven't gotten to yet. Glad to hear it's pretty good.

  3. The only John Green book I've read is TFIOS. I loved that one, but I've been hesitant to pick up another of his. Not sure why. This one is on my TBR list, but I'm not rushing to get to it. One of these days ...


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