Title: Turtles All The Way Down
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
How I got the book: Purchased with own money
Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
I really wanted to like this one, but sadly, I didn’t. While some aspects in this story were well done, I felt that for most of the story nothing really happened. While I have read books similar to this one (i.e. with introspection and teens living their lives as best they can) I just didn’t feel like I got anything out of this one. After reading it I didn’t feel anything at all.
Aza and Daisy’s characters were written well. They felt like people, yet the overly philosophical nature of their thought process-Aza’s thought process-became tiresome after a couple of chapters.
What I liked
It was a quick story to read. I felt like the characters were written well, there weren’t any moments where I felt like they weren’t teenagers. I felt that John Green wrote the different aspects of OCD and anxiety very well. They were serious topics and I didn’t feel as though he trivialized them by writing about them in an off-hand manner.
Some ideas were interesting. One of them being about Davis’ father, his fortune, and where it all would go. And Daisy’s Chewbacca fan-fiction stories. Hurrah for the fan-fic stories. I will not say any more as not to spoil anything.
What I didn’t like
Too many moments spent thinking and talking about life in general.
And it all felt like, you guessed it, filler. A lot of it.
Not to mention the sub plot about a missing billionaire and his son, Davis. This book could have been a strong portrayal of OCD and Anxiety disorders, but instead there was a side story about a missing billionaire and his sons. One of which was a love interest of the main character, Aza. This subplot did nothing to disguise the fact that nothing actually happens in this story.
Who is this story for?
This story is for anyone who likes introspection and contemporary teen romances.
Overall, I give this book two stars.
Summary: 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
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