Turtles All The Way Down By John Green [Book Review]

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green | Book Review | Young Adult Fiction | RachelPoli.com


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.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

The cover for Green’s latest novel is simple. I like the orange coloring of the spiral as it’s not too bright and doesn’t take away from the actual title. The title and Green’s name takes up a lot of space on the cover is in a semi-messy font which goes well with the premise of the story as well. I like it.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ve hopped on the John Green train late. Before picking this up, I’ve only ever read Paper Towns by him. His books have always been on my list so when this one was announced, I preordered it right away.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This plot did not turn out the way I had expected it to. I expected more of a mystery, but it turned out to be more about finding yourself and being true to yourself and your friends. It was about being there for one another. While it wasn’t what I expected it to be, it was still a fun read with a cool mystery in the background.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

Part of the reason I enjoyed this novel so much was that Aza is just like me. She’s more extreme than me, but she has anxiety and some of the things she did and said are some things I can relate to. She made a great protagonist and was good fodder to through into a mystery.

Daisy, Aza’s best friend, was a good character to balance Aza out. She was supportive of her friend but got annoyed with her at times. Still, she was a fun character and I would love to see her in another story.

Davis, their other friend who wasn’t their friend in the beginning, was interesting. It was his father who went missing, his money that Aza and Daisy – mostly Daisy – wanted. Aza and Davis related to each other on so many levels and I found it to be a great dynamic.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

John Green’s writing is always phenomenal. The story was nicely paced and flowed well. There were no stones unturned. The plot was enjoyable enough that it was a quick read and kept me wanting more. While this is a standalone novel, I’d be interested to see these characters in a sequel.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

John Green didn’t disappoint. The plot was intriguing, I fell in love with the characters, and I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend this.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com 5 out of 5

Favorite Quote:

“I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battled you won. Illness is a story told in the past.” –John Green, Turtles All The Way Down

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26 thoughts on “Turtles All The Way Down By John Green [Book Review]

  1. Ah! This is one I’ve been wanting to read for quite awhile — my lovely family got me a copy for my birthday, & of course I’m always interested in reading stories with protagonists who have OCD. I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint for you, my friend. Have you by chance read Looking for Alaska, or are planning on reading it any time soon? It’s the only other Green book I’ve read & I absolutely adored it — perhaps worth a try since you liked this one as well. <3

    • Oh, I hope you enjoy it! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
      I have not read Looking For Alaska, but plan to at some point. I’ll be reading An Abundance of Katherines soon. My cousin read it and will be writing a report on it for school so she asked me to read it so I can help her, lol. Have you read that one?

  2. I’ve read several Green books although I’m a Senior Citizen. I definitely found Looking for Alaska perhaps his best, was disappointed by Paper Towns, and liked both the book and movie of The Fault is in Our Stars. An Abundance of Katherines was an exceptional read as well. I haven’t ordered “Turtles” yet, but after reading your review, I definitely will.

    • You’ve read more than me! I enjoyed Paper Towns, even the movie. I’ll be reading An Abundance of Katherines next and Looking For Alaska will, I’m sure, be after that. I hope you enjoy this one!

  3. Oo I have been wondering about this book, after reading how much you enjoyed it, I am planning on starting this one soon!

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