Berls Review ~ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Posted May 11, 2018 by Berls in Review / 5 Comments

Berls Review ~ Turtles All the Way Down by John GreenTurtles All the Way Down by John Green
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on October 10, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

#1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars!

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.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

This was pretty good – I read it quickly but probably more because (1) I was off work and (2) I had a book club deadline I wanted to meet more than that I couldn’t put it down. In fact, there was a few moments of fought off sleep.

On one hand, I like Aza as a character. She’s annoying and frustrating, but the way she’s struggling with this mental illness (It feels like a version of OCD to me) felt pretty realistic. My husband has OCD and believe me, he’s annoying and frustrating at times. But I still love him and Aza was still loveable. I felt for her and the pain and frustration she felt with her inability to control her spiral.

On the other hand, it’s so hard to picture a teenager talking/thinking the way she does. In fact, that would be my most common complaint with John Green’s portrayal of teenagers. Sometimes they get really angsty and realistic and other times, I find myself WISHING teens thought that deeply more often. This definitely had a bit of both.

I really REALLY enjoyed Aza interactions with her crush… whose name I have currently forgotten. Man, did I feel for him and his little brother Noah. And the mystery surrounding their father was interesting, though far less prominent to the story than i thought it would be.

Overall a good read, just not my favorite for the year or anything.

3.5 stars pretty good

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

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5 responses to “Berls Review ~ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

  1. The only John Green I have read is The Fault in Our Stars and even though the characters were terminally ill they annoyed me. Ha ha. I don’t know if I would read another Green if I had the time, but I don’t have the time so I guess I dont have to worry about it. 😂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ☺

  2. I’ve yet to read anything from John Green. *hangs head in shame* I’ve had Looking for Alaska sitting on my nightstand for probably 3 years…Jax wanted me to read it. Still haven’t. *sigh* This one sounds interesting although maybe not as interesting as his previous books. I’m happy you liked it even if it didn’t really “light your fire” 😉
    {{{big hugs}}}

  3. I’ve heard really great things about John Green. I’ve never read him. He was a keynote speaker at a conference I went to for work. I really liked what he had to say. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  4. Aj

    I completely agree with everything in this review. I liked Turtles, but it’s not my favorite John Green book. Great review!