Turtles All The Way Down
Release date: 10th October 2017
Gave: 4/5 stars
Amazon synopsis: 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. (cont)
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
My thoughts: Well this was a surprise, me reading a book by John Green in 2017. I’m not saying that I don’t like his books; I’ve enjoyed quite a few of them over the years, in fact some are favourites. It’s more of a situation of reading taste and how much mine has changed since I last read a book by this author, But here we are.
Onto my actual thoughts, I really enjoyed this book, you can tell just how personal this story is to the John, It’s incredibly written and deals with the topic of we spent so much time in the main character Aza’s head, watching her battle with herself and at times, it was deeply emotional to read about. Aza has Anxiety and OCD, and I think it was written about extremely well, I saw parts of myself in Aza’s character and this book is something that I think is going to stick with me for years to come.
Thinking about it now, I would 100% read a spin off about Aza’s best friend Daisy. I loved that Daisy writes fan fiction! I found it so funny how she could just go on and on about Star Wars if someone brought it up in conversation, she’s also a really great friend to Aza with a bubbly and outgoing personality. There’s a few scenes with Aza and Daisy towards the end of the book that just showed how strong their friendship is and I loved that, friendship in books, especially in Contemporary’s is my favorite kind of dynamic.
The mystery aspect of this novel kind of played in the background for me, it’s not what this story is about, it was a nice element though, leading to the introducing of some characters from Aza’s past and adventures into a somewhat dark territory.
I’m so happy this novel exists, as someone who is no longer in the YA demographic, This is a book that I wished existed back when I was younger, John writes about teens in a way that isn’t ‘dumbed-down’, they are smart and he writes about important issues or problems that teens deal with everyday that are still not talked about enough.
Also to note, Am I the only person that actually really loves the cover? When John posted the gif of it on twitter all those months ago I just remember thinking HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS? ORANGE? WE NEED MORE ORANGE BOOKS. THINK OF THE RAINBOW SHELVES. I wonder what the designer will do for the paperback release, I’m intrigued to see.
This is already an extremely long review so i’ll stop there – plus I liked going into this blind.
Highly recommend! Its completely worth the hype.
Thank you to Penguin Platform for sending me a copy for review.