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#1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars!
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.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse. You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An authentic look at mental illness, John Green brings his most mature work in Turtles all the Way Down. At times the book will make you laugh, but Green masterfully intertwines the feeling of what an anxiety sufferer can feel. His (Green's) philosophy is still alive and well and Turtles is no exception, with conversations reminiscent of "Looking For Alaska". At times the book will follow you all the way down right along with the main character and deliver a sense of hopelessness and authentic fear of being in the Spiral, as John has called them. [spoilers] Turtles is a very strong voice about mental illness. And not just curing it, or treating it, or learning to live with it. It's about defining it. It's an important step in bringing the voice that mental illness won't leave. It won't 'get better' but that doesn't have to be a detriment. It's a part of the person. It's something that is you, and the book does a good job of relating the sense of personhood amongst the concept of taking medication. The book also deals with loss and death in a way harkening to "Alaska" but isn't as overt in its themes. Still, John brings a voice to the feeling and the reader isn't left unfulfilled. [/spoilers] Overall. Wonderful book. Probably John Green's best. (yet!) DFTBA.
From the plot to the depiction of anxiety and cast of brilliant kids, I fell in love from beginning to end. The last half I couldn't stop crying... just too relatable and like I said, how Green writes about Aza's anxiety is so true and painted so vividly, it truly hits close to home.
I devoured this book in one sitting. I did not want to put it down because I was sucked into this world that John Green masterfully built. He is genius with words and he was able to get me to fall in love with these characters and mourn their loss when I finished. I already miss being in Aza's head and reading her story about her struggle with anxiety, her love for her friend and mother, as well as her building relationship with Davis (whom stole my heart). Overall a great and thought provoking read. I highly recommend!
Honest and horribly beautiful...that is OCD
A local billionaire has become a fugitive. There is a reward so Aza's best friend, Daisy, convinces Aza to reconnect with an old friend. Davis is the oldest son of the missing billionaire. This book is the story of Aza, Daisy, Davis, and others who are navigating the world in various ways. John Green does an amazing job of dealing with mental health issues in this book. In the end this is a book about friendship, a topic that John Green does amazingly well. I will never criticize an author for taking time to write their next book. Yes I am still waiting for additional books in various series but I know that magic takes the right combination of ingredients. John Green fans have been anxiously awaiting another book from him and he, as usual, found the right combination of ingredients to work his usual magic. Aza is trying to solve this mystery, start a relationship, be a best friend, and deal with her own mind working against her all while being a high school student and daughter. John Green handles her with the grace that I have come to expect from him. Another excellent Young Adult title from John Green
Aza is almost definitely probably for sure going to die of C. diff. She doesn't have it yet. Or maybe she does. She doesn't think so. But she could. Probably. Her mind is an ever-tightening spiral of reminders that her body isn't her own but really she's just an animated corpse and everything she does is actually at the whim of the millions of microorganisms that make up the physical being that is her. Meanwhile, her best friend Daisy is in a new relationship and this guy she knew as a kid has recently lost his father. And by lost - it's literal. His father ran away to avoid legal prosecution and now Davis has to take care of his troubled l little brother Noah and now Aza is back in his life and he really likes her but she freaks out when she kisses him. Turtles All the Way Down is a rollercoaster ride of what it means to have extreme anxiety and invasive thoughts as a teen and still struggling to find out who you are (probably just microorganisms) and falling in love (how long do someone else's microorganisms stay in your body?) and trying to help a friend and his brother find peace (even when you have no peace yourself). This book was incredible and stressful. You can't help but to love Aza with every fiber of your being. She is a well-meaning girl who is battling very hard for clarity and assurance that everything is going to be alright. As the book is told in her third-person POV, you get to hear her mental monologue. It took me several days of short reading spurts to accept this, because as I read, I felt my heart quickening and a sudden consciousness of my sweat and saliva and just everything going on in my body and oh my goodness I don't think that I could be Aza for a single day, let alone my entire life. It makes me so, so grateful that there are so many resources out there for mental health support. That said, the fact that reading this gave me so much anxiety is also a testament to how well it is written. John Green does not apologize for who Aza is and he does not try to fix her. This book is simply about living with this tightening spiral and managing it, but Aza is not crazy and she cannot be magically "cured". The mental health rep here is so, so good and even though I don't suffer the level of anxiety Aza does by any means, I really appreciated her. The story was written perfectly for the perspective. This book wasn't what I was expecting, plot-wise, but that's okay. It actually worked really perfectly. On the outside, the goal of this book is "find Davis' father" but because of who Aza is, this is a small back-thought. She tries so, so hard to get to it, but at the end of the day she's so busy battling her inner demons that she has very little focus for her quest. Like any John Green book, there are relationships. We are shown what it's like to try and live a normal life while suffering in the sort of mind trap that confines Aza. How her thoughts affect her friendship, her relationship, her family life, and her every day activities like eating or driving. We get small respites in the form of Daisy's Rey/Chewbacca fan fiction and Davis' obsession with celestial bodies, but mostly it's all Aza all the time. I really, really liked it but don't think I'll read it again soon. This is the sort of book that is written really lyrically (beautiful) but just made me so so so so so stressed out I had to keep putting it down because I felt like I couldn't breathe. There was so much Aza. So much info