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 Gre
Description: 286 pages ; 22 cm


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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-ti... Read More »

Aza wants to solve the mystery of the missing billionaire, Russell Pickett, but is overwhelmed by her anxiety and deteriorating mental health.

One of the truest books representing mental illness I've ever read. - Erin B.

Sixteen-year-old Aza and her best friend Daisy fearlessly pursue the mystery of missing Russell Pickett. The prize? $100,000. The consequences? Aza struggling to keep up with her ordinary life as a daughter, a friend, and an enemy of her own plunging thoughts.

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Aug 07, 2018

When I first read the title “Turtles all the way down”, I thought the book was based around turtles. Instead it’s based around Aza, the main character and very much not a turtle. Imagine my disappointment. But this book was epic and one of my favourite John Green books (tied with Looking for Alaska)

Jul 10, 2018

I loved this book, even more than The Fault in Our Stars. It had some very interesting ideas and questions about what the true self is and who the author of your life story really is. What I loved most is that Aza doesn't conquer her condition, she learned to live with it, which is much more real life than the books where the protagonist always wins and gets a happy ending.

Jul 03, 2018

Obviously this book was no where near "The Fault in Our Stars", but I guess compared to some others, its still pretty good. Green had me hooked to the plot until the end, and hope to see him writing more books.

Jun 18, 2018

Overall, I think this book was quite good. I liked the characters and how the book was written.

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

Not as engaging as many of Green's novels but fascinating since he also suffers from mental issues. I read (actually listened to) this novel with mixed emotions but had to rate it a 4 since "Turtles" is a higher quality novel than the usual YA fare and features a complex plot line including a mystery, love story and mental illness.

May 03, 2018

I thought this book was better than The Fault in Our Stars, John Green's most famous book. I just loved the characters in Turtles All the Way Down so much. Aza, the main character, is the type of person I would want to be friends with: she is introspective, thoughtful, kind, deep, smart, and fun. Her struggles with OCD were realistically portrayed. Davis, Aza's love interest, seems like he would be fun to hang around with, since he loves poetry, astronomy, and science fiction--and he matured a lot over the course of the book. I don't know if I would want to be friends with Daisy, but I was intrigued by her Chewbacca fanfic and wished it were real (not the Ayala parts, though). I even liked the weird little tuatara. The characters all had their faults and foibles, but that just made them seem all the more realistic. This book gave me a lot to think about, and I believe it will stick with me for a long time.

Mar 26, 2018

Great read! Not my favorite john green book but it keeps you Reading to find out what happens. Also interesting to see a character have a mental disorder and hear that part of the story as well. Not many people can write about that stuff. Great read over all!

Sug_Smith Mar 25, 2018

Turtles All the Way Down gives readers a unique and realistic look into the mind of a teen, Aza, with OCD as she navigates her life. This novel is genius in how it portrays mental health to the world.

Mar 21, 2018

Even with all of the side plots it seems to ring true of OCD (so hard to get if you don't have it) and should be a must read in high school.

Mar 21, 2018

My brain and emotions are effectively scrambled. I finished this book in the bathtub, shed some tears, made some emotional noises, and proceeded to take a shower. I had some sort of crisis during that shower. I didn't cry again but I sure as heck felt a lot of emotions. This is a book I needed. I feel like I've always needed it. I don't know if I read this book at the exact right time in my life, but I read at a damn good time in my life for what it delivered.

I loved the writing. It's very simple, but it's intelligent, it flows and is so quotable. The quotes are not pretentious like you might expect, they are beautiful, they are poetry. The writing is very philosophical. This could be a fault, but to me, it's not. It's how I think, day in and day out. I identify a lot with the writing, and with the character of Aza. Speaking of...

I loved the characters. I guess you could say they were borderline cliché, and Daisy might have been a tad too eccentric, but you know what? I don't care! I love them! They're so human, so raw and real. They have imperfections, physically, mentally, emotionally. I have to take a moment to appreciate the character descriptions; their physical descriptions are by and large a nonentity. It was so refreshing to have that, especially in a YA novel. Anyways. I love Daisy and Aza's relationship. I love their struggles with each other and how they deal with it and grow. I love it so much. I love Davis' role in the book, in Aza's life, even if it is admittedly small. I don't really care about the storyline, and the thing is you don't have to. I care for Aza, and in the end, that's what matters. Speaking of ends, I love love love the ending. It's exactly what I needed. Anything else would have felt wrong.

That's all I got. Gosh. Like I said, my brain and emotions are scrambled ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Happy Reading, Folks!

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Jul 03, 2018

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Oct 30, 2017

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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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