Turtles all the way down review | John Green

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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.

* Blurb from goodreads.com

  • Pages – 288
  • Author – John Green
  • Published – October 10th 2017
  • Rating – 3
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

hr-priyadarshi-kunal“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.” 
― John Green

This book is seriously difficult to give a ‘I’m super sure about this’ rating. I also feel like 3 stars is quite generous. There might be a bit of hate on me for not absolutely adoring a John Green book, but here goes.

I was underwhelmed. 

There are certain aspects of this story that are carried out well, however I didn’t enjoy what I thought was an unnecessary story. It was bland.

The main plot was the equivalent of when you watch a filler episode on TV. There was no need for it, why was it there? It could have been a very interesting story that was driven on Aza’s OCD and mental health, and how Aza is coping with that in her everyday life. However it was about a missing billionaire (his son Davis, was one of Aza’s childhood friends). Huh?!


“The worst part of being truly alone is you think about all the times you wished that everyone would just leave you be. Then they do, and you are left being, and you turn out to be terrible company.” 
― John Green

I would have given it 2 stars if I didn’t think Green had addressed Aza’s anxiety and compulsions well.

However, one thing that bothered me a little bit about this story was that the majority of the characters were sort of against Aza taking any medication for her anxieties. It would have been nice for some characters to be more supportive, other than her therapist.

Aza’s mental health was affecting the relationships with her best friend and mum. Also, her father passed away when she was little which I felt could have been explored more. Why couldn’t the story have been about her own father, rather than this silly Davis chap. I don’t know.

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I sound like I’m slating the book, which I’m not. I appreciated certain parts of it and the way it is written is really well done. You can see that Green has a knack for creating beautiful sections of literature and I loved that.

You read a section of the book and thought ‘phwoar that was top notch’. But the story just really let things down for me and with that, nothing really happens. Therefore I just feel completely baffled as to why Green chose the main story that he did, I just don’t get it.


Aza. She was so relatable and you could understand her character. Some of the depth that Green goes into to present her personality and traits to you is fab fab fab. She did what I think many people do, pretend she is totally fine when deep down she is hurting and eventually it catches up to her.

I was reading it to mainly find out how Aza manages to deal with her Anxiety’s, I was bothered about her and how she was doing. Therefore I was engrossed into the main character enough to carry on reading. Therefore I feel like Aza saved the book for me! Cheers girl!

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I would still recommend people to read it, just to share opinions and if you happen to read it and love it, then great! I just feel like maybe this wasn’t for me… and I am sad about that.

Let me know your opinions! 



3/5 this time! Sorry John!

Take Care Turtles!

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