Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
My Rating – 4.5*/5*
‘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. ‘
I was a little nervous to first pick up these books, when John Green’s books first came out I absolutely loved them, but I’ve aged since and I was worried that his writing and the things he writes about wouldn’t interest me anymore and that I’d outgrown him. Thankfully that wasn’t the case and I loved this book.
I’m going to start this off with why it didn’t get 5 stars and that is for one reason which is the romance – for me I just felt like it wasn’t needed very much, I understand why it was in there but I felt like it didn’t need to be, this book for me would have been better without it, but oh well!
John Green’s writing in this book from the start to the end was amazing, the fact that he can make you feel like you are on Aza’s journey with her is just brilliant. This book – like many of his other books – tackles mental health and I feel like he wrote it brilliantly. There were times where it made me uncomfortable, there were times when it made me sad, especially when Aza feels like she is a liability to those she loves ☹
He doesn’t sugar coat something, you aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be okay and you will be “normal”. It’s a lifelong struggle but this book allows you to see that you aren’t alone.
I really enjoyed this book, I can recommend it to of course – anyone who likes John Green’s books, kids and adults alike. ?