Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


Turtles All The Way Down is the new riveting book by John Green, that encapsulates a young girl name Aza’s plight both mentally and with the mystery she must solve.

When her witty and curious friends discover that she was childhood friends with a boy whose father has disappeared and that there is a pretty hefty sum awaiting those who find him, it  causes Aza to dig up her past. The result of their endeavors is far more than they ever could have expected.  

This book is incredibly captivating and very different from any other book I have read. I enjoyed it immensely! What I found especially fascinating was that while there is a general plot and set of interactions between the characters, the real story lies in Aza’s struggles with herself and her mind. In this book, Green pulls out all the stops and really let’s his imagination choose where the story should lead. This results in Aza’s every thought being documented, making her character very relatable and I think most people will feel the same way. Of course, very few people actually understand what she is going through as she has a medical condition, but thanks to Green’s exceptional writing, you can put yourself in her shoes and absolutely feel what she feels.

This book is a perfect cross between a thrilling mystery and a poignant tale of a girl struggling with a mental disorder. It mixes the harsh realities of life, with the uplifting slightly comical fiction of a mystery, all topped off with a heartwarming tale of young love. I most definitely recommend this book to everyone of all ages as it is enlightening and an absolute page turner.

Reviewed by Anna Maryam Smith

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