Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐
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.
Trigger Warnings: Anxiety, OCD, & Spiraling anxious thoughts.
John Green really outdid himself with this book, as a writer he really did his research. I don’t know if he personally knows these feelings or he has someone close to him that does but with that said, reading this entire book, I felt completely understood. I never knew what to call those thoughts that were constantly circling my brain and half of the time, I felt alone in the world like I was the only one who had this issue.
THEN, John Green released this book and I was in tears. I couldn’t control my emotions when I was reading because everything hit me so deeply. Looking For Alaska will always be my favorite of John Green’s books but it is very possible that TATWD can take first place.
I think the only complaint that I have about this book is Aza’s “best friend”, Daisy. In my opinion, she was very toxic and abusive towards Aza. I could see it clear as day and it only worsened when you found out about her Star Wars fanfic writing. I won’t spoil it but in all honesty, it made me cringe that Aza couldn’t see how crappy of a friend she really was. Not to mention Daisy didn’t really give a damn about what Aza went through on a daily basis. Sure, Aza is also at fault, she never paid much attention to Daisy because of her illness yet that doesn’t mean Daisy needed to be full on uncaring about what it felt like to be Aza! That’s my hugest complaint about this story, Daisy’s character could have been molded way better but in retrospect, I know completely what it’s like to have crappy friends who don’t take the time to understand an illness. So I guess Daisy was molded to show the relevance to real life people, doesn’t mean I still like her much.
I really recommend reading this if you struggle with similar illnesses, but please read with caution. There are scenes that can be very triggering!
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