Monday, 6 August 2018

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Turtles All The Way Down
by John Green

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.

Review: I have mixed feelings about this book, but overall, I did really like it.

The highlight of the book for me was the portrayal of OCD/anxiety. It's genuinely one of the best fictional portrayals of that I've read -- at least for me and the way it manifests for Aza was so relatable to me because it's so similar to how it is for me and even in the ways it's different, I still got it...if that makes sense.

So the representation of mental health was excellent. The story was well written as John Green's books always are, and the characters were just as John Green as ever (the Dawson's Creek-ish type where they're all making literary references and giving big philosophical speeches)...some people hate that, some people love it. I fall into the latter category.

The lower rating is down to the plot, which was simultaneously dull and bizarre. On one hand you have this super realistic portrayal of a person dealing with an anxiety disorder and grief and how it impacts her relationships...on the other, there’s this weird mystery revolving around a missing billionaire and his lizard, and it wraps up way too conveniently and unbelievably. 

The way it wraps up way too conveniently was the part that bugged me the most. I could handle the weird billionaire and his lizard part if it weren't for's one of those ones where the character just happens to be in the exact right place at the exact right time, and it's such a random place, to figure out what happened. It's very Scooby Doo. I didn't like that.

In saying that, it really wasn't a bad book. I still finished it with that good book ache (you know the one -- where you finish the last page and there's this ache in your chest because it's over or because it made you feel something). It's just that that feeling didn't linger the way it did with better books (and John has written a few of those better books for me).

I'd rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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