Turtles All the Way Down (YA Reviews)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hello everyone! I know it's been such a long time since I last posted, but I am currently sitting around on a snow day, and was able to proofread my post. Before I get into my review, I just wanted to say first, Happy (belated) New Year, and also that my state is currently stuck in a blizzard! Taking advantage of this wonderfully cold day off, I've decided to post my extremely neglected review. (Big thanks to Leah for being a stalker and encouraging me to blog again haha, saranghae!) Onward!


  • Age Recommended: 13+ (Mild language, mental health issues, mention of death) 
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 10, 2017)

  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.

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  • My Thoughts: 


  • “The worst part of being truly alone is you think about all the times you wished that everyone would just leave you be. Then they do, and you are left being, and you turn out to be terrible company.” 


  • John Green is a literary genius. I've always enjoyed reading his stories, and I have a feeling it has to do with his writing style and how the plot unfolds so nicely in his hands. With my clear bias to Green in mind, I have to say that Turtles All the Way Down seems to carry a different weight with it than The Fault In Our Stars or Paper Towns do. With those two other books, the focus is more on the development of relationships from outside the character, romantic, especially, whereas with this book, the focus is more on Aza developing herself, and the friendships she creates along the way. 

  • I honestly don't think I can possibly describe this book to you accurately other than with excessive screeching, but I'll try to keep it in check for this post. I'll try. Try. 

  • Style: JOHN GREEN AND HIS METAPHORS CAN STEP ON ME AND I'D STILL SAY THANK YOU. Another one of the reasons why I like his writing so much (other than it flows well and 'sounds nice') is how he not only uses metaphors to sound fancy or sophisticated, but uses them to portray some kind of intense emotion or description. John Green invented metaphors. 

    • “One of the challenges with pain--physical or psychic--is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can't be represented the way table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language.”


  • Characterization: Aza is imperfect, and there are aspects of her personality that she tries so desperately not to change, even when one of her closest friends tells her off, even when her therapist tells her to take medicine so she can improve herself but she doesn't because it doesn't feel right. I LOVE AZA SO MUCH? A common misconception is that I (or readers in general) prefer characters who have a gleaming smile and a perfect brain and family. In reality, that's not true at all! Give me the character with a little crooked tooth in the front, who's a little bit messed up in the brain, who sometimes cries at night because she misses her father. GIVE ME FLAWS. 

  • You can call me biased if you'd like, but John Green's writing never fails to impress me. Turtles All the Way Down was different from his other writings, but I feel as if his choice to write Aza's story was the right one. 

WE'VE BEEN BLESSED! 


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My Rating: 



This book gets a solid 5 stars for sure! It's the first book I've read in a while that I've really truly enjoyed to the point where if I didn't stash it away, I would've flipped right back to the first page to read again. (In case you're wondering, the faces on the stars represent the whirlwind of emotions I felt as I sped through the book.) 

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Thank you all for reading! 



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