A little review of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green…
Book: Turtles All The Way Down
Author: John Green
Pages: 290 (Hardback)
Genre: Young Adult/ Contemporary Fiction
Age Recommendation: 15+
Publisher: Dutton Books
“Your now is not your forever.”
It’s been over five years since The Fault In Our Stars. TFIOS was the first John Green book that I ever read and after that, I was hooked. John Green’s writing got to me like no other YA seemed to. When I heard about Turtles All The Way Down I tried not to think about it too much so that I wouldn’t build any high expectations but as it turns out I had nothing to worry about. One morning I picked it up to read a couple of chapters and I found myself looking back up again long into the afternoon. This was the kind of book I tried to read while I was cooking dinner or eating breakfast. I had definitely forgotten how much I loved John Green’s work.
Turtles All The Way Down is about 16-year-old Aza Holmes. When a local billionaire goes missing, Aza and her fearless best friend Daisy plan to investigate in the hopes of earning the hundred thousand dollar reward. But TAtWD goes much deeper than this. It’s a book that will fill you with emotions from the very first page. It’s about friendship, family relationships, love, loss and having courage in an uncertain world.
I think that’s what I love most about John Green’s work. He recognizes that teenagers are capable of understanding complex concepts. He acknowledges that is a lot more to a person than meets the eye. He understands the depth of the human mind and always finds the perfect metaphor for emotions that before seemed indescribable. The depth of his characters always makes them very relatable. For me, Aza is his strongest character yet. John Green has used his own experiences of growing up with anxiety to tell Aza’s story and talk about mental health in a way that is so powerful and honest it’s difficult not to find a part of yourself inside of Aza’s mind.
Like all great John Green novels, this book has the perfect dash of mystery and adventure. It made me laugh a lot. It made me fall in love with the characters. And despite it making me anxious and making me cry on more than one occasion, every time I put it down it made me want to come back for more. But there was a definite difference between TAtWD and most of John Green’s other work – there was a clear, fundamental message that was far more important than any happy-ever-after and it’s a message of encouragement and hope.