Turtles All The Way Down Book Review


Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Released: October 10th, 2017
Genre: Childrens
Pages: 286
Format: Hardcover
Characters: Aza, Davis, Daisy, …


Synopsis (Goodreads) :

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.

My review :

Best John Green book ever? Might be. Turtles All The Way Down is one of the best book John Green has ever written. Everything about it is so relatable, so detailed, simply amazing.

“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

The story line and plot is amazing. From searching for Davis’s dad to Aza’s mental illness to them falling in love and yet still focus on her mental illness. Everything is written perfectly. In this book, John Green has broken a stereotype towards mental illness books; people usually will complain that most authors will make mental illness magically disappear once the characters fall in love BUT NOT THIS BOOK. Turtles All The Way Down is about falling in love and what not but even with love, things are still complicated, problems would still exist, mental illness doesn’t go away just like that. It’s true and honest to the core. That’s real life.

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

Next, the characters are so relatable, especially Aza. She is easily one of the greatest character ever created. Her condition is deeply felt and understood. At certain point, I was feeling as nervous as her. I felt like there was a piece of Aza in me and it’s scary. But in a way, it was awesome as well, because it’s been a while since I felt that way with a character. Also, the point of view changed towards the end of the book. Instead of “I”, John Green uses “you” and that made me feel more like Aza because now I felt like I was part of the story.

“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Also, this book is full of information. John Green has done a thorough research which I totally adore. All this information, scientific language and analogies make you think, like a lot. Sometimes, I gotta reread the lines but it was a good kind of reread to understand what he’s trying convey. TATWD is a book with depth and 100% worth your time.

“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 and you become a person and why.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

As usual, I really enjoyed John Green’s writing style. Easy to be followed and captivating. The message of this book is important. The description and explanation with extraordinary details would make you understand how it feels to be constantly scared and worried over the things around you. It’s terrifying, yet brilliant. Everything fits nicely. The ending was very emotional for me. Overall, greatest book of the year. Thank you John Green for yet another amazing book.

Rating: 5 / 5 TWINKLING STARS!


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