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.
Solving the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett would bring a hundred-thousand-dollar reward, so Aza and her best friend, Daisy, are eager to investigate. They navigate the short distance from their homes in Indianapolis, as well as the broad social divides, that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. But Aza is living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. Still hurting from the death of her father years ago, she's crippled by 'thought spirals' and the irrational, obsessive fear she has of microbes and bacteria.
Published: New York, NY :, Dutton Books,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525555360
0525555366
Branch Call Number: YA GRE
Characteristics: 286 pages ;,22 cm

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BernadetteGU
Sep 14, 2018

While at times I do think that John Green overwrites I actually found myself quite enjoying this book. The Fault In Our Stars is what got me back into reading a few years back and because of this, I think I will always like John Green's books no matter what they're about. This book focuses on our main character Aza and her life dealing with her OCD. I found this book to be a huge eye-opener as I got to learn more about a mental health issue that is rarely talked about in the YA community. I know some people dislike Aza's friend Daisy because she can at times be unlikeable. But, to be honest I thought Aza and Daisy's friendship was very honest and real especially since their high school students who are still learning how to navigate life.

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boscoejoe14
Aug 18, 2018

SO GOOD

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karen_qin
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)

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ahoffman4277
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.

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donutwombat
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.

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loveseal516
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.

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Starpoem
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.

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Amberrodgerss
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.

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donutwombat
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.

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violet_crow_41
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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