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
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525555360
Branch Call Number: Fiction GREEN,J
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm


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ACL_KateA Sep 02, 2020

Part contemporary, part mystery, this book centers around a missing millionaire but also tackles real issues such as OCD, friendship, and love.

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ACL_KateA Aug 27, 2020

Ages 13-18 (themes: OCD, friendship, anxiety, romance, mystery)

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Feb 22, 2021

Sixteen year old Aza Holmes is a teenager dealing with OCD, a rocky friendship, and her childhood friend’s father’s disappearance. Navigating her life around her spiraling thoughts and personal struggles, Aza takes the reader on her journey on finding a fugitive billionaire and living around her many thoughts. This book is a great representation of mental illness in literature as well as the complexities of everyday life. Fans of fiction and novels will be sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind book.

Feb 02, 2021

John Green delicately unfolds the personality of Aza Holmes, the main character of the book who suffers from anxiety and OCD, through the words of her inner monologue. In this story, Aza tries to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her childhood friend’s father while struggling to control her life and mental illness. One thing I liked about this book is that it allowed me to get a deeper insight into this topic of mental illness and I became more understanding of it, along with other related topics, such as love and losing a loved one. The way Green portrays his characters convincingly and powerfully adds to the connection of the book to the reader and develops the story into one that can be enjoyed by any young adult. This book is definitely one of my favorites and it is a must-read for anyone who wants a heartfelt experience, full of honesty and warmth.

flightofabluebird Dec 18, 2020

John Green is a fantastic writer and does a great job portraying mental illness. I think that most teens will be able to connect with Aza on some level. With the current pandemic situation, I wonder how this book would have been written had Green started it in 2020.

Dec 07, 2020

I feel very conflicted reviewing this book. On one hand, the description of mental illness is immaculate. Green did an excellent job showing what one with this particular illness must deal with. However, besides the main character, I found the supporting and minor characters bland and without substance. The storyline of the book is weak with an unimpressive ending. I struggled to get through the first few chapters. I wanted to learn more about Aza's mental health because that is something I've never struggled with before, but the plot was so dull and uninteresting I almost gave up several times. If you have a loved one with mental illness/curious about mental illness, this could be a great enlightening book for you. If you're looking for entertainment, not so much.

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.

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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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