Turtles All The Way Down (by John Green)

I’ve read and loved all of Mr. Green’s novels. John Green has a way of writing that makes you believe the story, and he creates smart, witty, and relatable characters. Out of all his books, however, Turtles All The Way Down is his most mature and complex work. I would even say that it’s my favorite John Green book, because he talked about (in several interviews) how deeply personal this book is, because Mr. Green deals with anxiety and OCD. The main character in Turtles All The Way Down also deals with these same issues.


Turtles All The Way Down is a classic Green book: there’s a bit of mystery, quirky and witty characters, and a strong main character. I could not put this book down, I finished it in one day, because that’s how great and interesting this book is. I now understand more about mental health, and it made me understand and think about it in a new light. Also, you will understand the title, it actually means way more than you think.


Synopsis from Turtles All The Way Down


turtles all the way down


It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.

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.


While I mentioned that Turtles All The Way Down is a classic John Green Book, it’s different, in my opinion, than his other books. While there is mystery, Aza deals with her anxiety and OCD throughout the whole book. It gets hard for her, and she wants to be a better friend to Daisy, and she also wants to find some sense of calm. After a sad family incident, Aza has never been the same, so she struggles to move on. She also can relate to the fugitive billionaire’s son, Davis. They share a past that was a painful and hard time for them, but they were also friends. That resurfaces, and Aza has to make hard choices, helping out her friend Daisy, or hurting her child-hood friend, who she may be reconnecting with, all while dealing with her “thought spirals”.


To Sum Up

The thing that I admire most about this book, is how John Green said that he worked a long time on this novel. He stated that he “Wanted people to know what it felt like”, “it” meaning what anxiety and OCD feel like. It’s something that Mr. Green publicly said he had to deal with as a child, and still has to deal with as an adult. I admire that, how Mr. Green wanted people to know more about anxiety and OCD, what those things feel like, so that people can understand. He made Turtles All The Way Down a personal, and thoughtful book. It made the character, Aza relatable, and the story a powerful and heartfelt one. It’s the best book I have read this year, and one that I will read again. Highly recommend this amazing, honest, brave, and genuine novel.


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