Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

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.In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

Details Turtles All the Way Down

TitleTurtles All the Way Down
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherDutton Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health

Reviews Turtles All the Way Down

  • emma
    this full review is now POSTED at https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...!!john green fangirls, do your worst. you do not scare me. i am definitely not extremely frightened and emotionally fragile right now.--------Well, well, well. John Green. We have to stop meeting like this.By “like this,” I mean: you write a book, I read it, I hate it. Wash, rinse, repeat. Every time! This is lucky number seven! I don’t think it’s working all that w...
  • Emily May
    “You’re deflecting.” I just stared at her. “You’re right that self isn’t simple, Aza. Maybe it’s not even singular. Self is a plurality, but pluralities can also be integrated, right? Think of a rainbow. It’s one arc of light, but also seven differently colored arcs of light.” This is difficult to rate. Looking back, there were definitely certain aspects that I thought were done well, but I just didn't enjoy either the story or ...
  • Ariel
    I’ve been having a bad run with YA lately. I’ve loved it for so long that I persevere on, remembering that there are gems, that there are treasures, but increasingly I’ve found myself worried - have I grown out of it? Have I overdone it? Each novel seems to be repeating some unspoken pattern, or at least trying to make something new out of the same ingredients. It was with trepidation, then, that I wandered in to Turtles All The Way Down, t...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    The ShortTrigger warnings: anxiety, OCDWriting: 5 starsCharacters: 4.75 starsPlot: 4.5 starsOriginality: 4 stars(all out of 5 stars)The LongIt's hard to believe I just read a new John Green (JG from now on) book. My mind can't really wrap around that. (Especially given where I was 5 years ago, not even knowing BookTube existed, now I can't imagine my life without BookTube and being Hailey in Bookland). But it was a pleasure to read his writing ag...
  • Zoë
    Even though I just finished this book, I already know it's one that will stick with me for years to come. I can't fully express how cathartic this book was. I finally saw parts of myself represented in a novel - the parts that I was ashamed of and pretended didn't exist. This is by far my favorite John Green novel. I can't say much more about this because I'm still sobbing over it. Just read it, please.
  • Hannah
    My review is now up if you’d like to watch: https://youtu.be/T3t7Fhh2oiMI’m speechless. It’s stunning.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Not gonna lie, I’m tempted to flip right back to page 1 and read the book again. THAT NEVER HAPPENS TO ME.
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    2 Stars...and that's me being generous.This book was, well...not good.I went into this with somewhat high hopes. I knew it was about a girl with anxiety issues and - as someone who struggled with a lot of anxiety as a hormone-ridden, depressed teen who lost a parent at a young age myself, (much like Aza) I expected to really connect with this story. At least on some level. One reviewer I follow even ra 2 Stars...and that's me being generous.Thi...
  • C.G. Drews
    This was ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT and also gave me an existential crisis so thanks for that. I'm actually floored by how good it was. I mean, I haven't read a "new" John Green novel in forever, but this is worth the wait. I wasn't actually nervous going in. It's about mental health (#OWNVOICES I REMIND YOU) and missing persons and smol sad rich boys and everything about this just shouts that it's my kind of novel. It really really hit home so hard fo...
  • Emma Giordano
    4.5 STARS I REALLY REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK.If I leave this review blank for now, I may force myself to film a video review (which I really want to do!) hahah
  • Angelica
    Rating 3.5 “Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.” Well, this is awkward.I went into this thinking I wouldn’t like it. Heck, I went into it pretty much expecting to dislike. And yes, I know that’s a horrible thing to say, and a terrible reason to read a book, but come on, you can hardly blame me.I hated The Fault in Our Stars, with all of ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "You're a we. You're a you. You're a she, an it, a they. My kingdom for an I."I hate when I have a middle of the road review to write; I like to feel passionately about a book one way or another, and I almost feel it is easier to share my feelings on a book that is a 1-2 star than any of the 3 stars that come along. I feel at a loss for words to describe my experience while reading this book; I've seen multiple reviews state they felt Turtles All...
  • Maria
    4.4/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ “You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.”GUYS GUYS! I FEEL THE FEELS I FEEL THEM! GUYS!This book this FUCKING BOOK. I devoured it in under a day! I couldn't leave it down even though I had studying to do. I was there, with Aza, feeling what she was feeling, understanding even though I don't suffer fro...
  • Warda
    Edit: Well, I cannot stop thinking about this book, and it's been a few weeks, so that deserves me upping my rating to 5 stars. It has resonated with me more than I thought it would. “Your now is not your forever.” ― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down Wow. This book was stunning. Hard to read (trigger warnings for OCD and anxiety), but Jesus, did it feel healing at the same time. John Green wrote the shit out of this book. The way mental ...
  • Claudia Ramírez
    "Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
  • Kai
    “You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.”I went into this with a bowl full of low expectations but with a side of high expectations. And it tasted good.It's been a while since John wrote a book. The first John Green book I ever read was TFIOS, which I loved. During the time that passed until the release of Turtles All the Way Do...
  • Lia
    bf: *gets me a book*bf: *picks this one because there's 'turtles' in the title*____________________________________ No one ever says goodbye unless they want to see you again. I must admit that never in a million years, would have expected to find myself in a situation like this, one where I'd end up completely put off guard by a book I'd never even considered reading in the first place.I'm not a huge John Green fan. I've read his previous works ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Turtles All the Way Down is quintessential John Green - exceedingly eloquent teens with advanced vocabularies ponder existential questions - but, much like its protagonist, the book suffers from a confused sense of identity, trying to be too many things at once. It subsequently lacks focus and offers weak emotional impact.
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I thought I would fall in love with this book but I just didn't. 😕Now I give all of the stars to Aza, Davis and Noah. I loved Aza so much and as I have mental disorders I can totally relate to her. She's a wonderful character. Davis is her boy ish friend and he's awesome too. Noah is his brother. They are totally rich and their father is missing. So this is about finding each other and finding a missing father. A few other th I thought I wou...
  • Nat
    “If only I were as good at life as I am at the internet.”I was so overly eager for any new John Green book related content that I made the mistake of reading the excerpt shared on Buzzfeed last month. I say mistake because when I opened up the book weeks after having read the first two chapters, I only had this vague recollection that certainly wouldn't help to continue from where I'd started. “If only I were as good at life as I am at t...
  • Felicity Jackson (gowithflick)
    100/10. Everybody READ THIS BOOK.
  • Matthew
    This book was a fun audiobook experience as my wife and I listened to about 45 minutes of it together every night. I think this is a great activity for book loving spouses! Partway through this book I thought I was going to give it an "okay, but didn't really blow me away" 3 stars. However, I think that the last 3rd of the book really brought things together in an interesting way.At first, the book seemed like it was trying to be too many things ...
  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    1.5 “John Green is definitely a miss for me” Stars “Reading someone’s poetry is like seeing them naked” UHU. I just bumped to 2 stars because I am reading a 1-star book right now and this is not at that level. I can truly appreciate the OCD representation in Aza so yeah let's leave it at 1.5 near 2.➽ FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED. My problem was expectations. I thought I would relate, I didn’t. My problem was feeling. I thought I would fe...
  • jessica
    anybody can look at you. its quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see. oh my gosh. oh my gosh. oh my gosh. i now forgive john green for making me wait 5 years for a new book because this was perfection. honestly, my new favourite of his. i know john green stories tend to be a hit or miss with people, but there is no denying he can write. i loved all the intricacies, and poetic sentences, and overall warm feeling of this book. i ...
  • ☕️Jenny
    "The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”(spoiler free) I started reading this book without knowing anything about the story or content. I've probably read the description when it was first announced that we would get another John Green book, but I honestly can't remember. I've read all John Green books so I thought I knew what I would sign up for reading this one. Well...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    “It's turtles all the way fucking down, Holmesy. You're trying to find the turtle at the bottom of the pile, but that's not how it works.""Because it's turtles all the way down," I said again, feeling something akin to a spiritual revelation.” my relationship with john green is hit and miss and whether our relationship would end or continue all hinged on this book. folks, I'm pleased to say he's not cancelled yet. Honestly, this book almost ...
  • may ❀
    I don’t have a very good relationship with John Green books, they are CLEARLY hit or miss for me (hit: TFIOS) (miss: Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Let it Snow, Will Grayson x2) YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE MY DILEMMA IN PICKING UP THIS BOOKBut I was pleasantly surprised So Turtles all the way down did have the john green elements i.e. - Mental health rep- Tragic characters with tragic backstories- 16 year old philosophers (it wasn’t so bad in ...
  • Larry H
    From the outside looking in, Aza seems to have it all. She's smart and sensitive, and she tries hard to be a good daughter, a good student, and a good friend. But life for Aza isn't what it appears: she struggles every day with invasive thoughts, thoughts which at times leave her unable to focus on nothing but the fear and anxiety they cause."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 ...
  • Christy
    4 stars!! John Green is one of those authors that always brings the feels. Turtles All the Way Down is a book about mental illness, it’s a book about the power of lifelong friendship, and there is a bit of romance thrown in the mix (though not much). “I would always be like this, always have this within me. There was no beating it. I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me. My self and the disease were knotted together f...