John Green’s newest book, Turtles All the Way Down, was undoubtably his most anticipated book so far. After the enormous success of The Fault in Our Stars, which had teenagers all across the world in tears, it took John a while to publish a new book. With all the high expectations – this book delivered something really special.
After billionaire Russel Picket disappears, teenager Aza Holmes and her best friend start investigating his disappearance. Their motivation is the hundred-thousand dollar reward – and, for Aza, the chance to rekindle her friendship with Picket’s son Davis. While their investigation continues, Aza is battling with her own demon – her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that eats away at her happiness and friendships.
My Thoughts on Turtles All the Way Down
This was John Green’s best book to date. It was honest and gentle in the way you expect a John Green book to be. At the same time, it was raw and offered a look into the mind of someone with OCD – an illness that John Green suffers with himself. The details about mental illness and the struggles around it were provided in an eye-opening, but natural, way. It was a book about OCD that didn’t feel like a book about OCD.
The characters were well-written, and I really liked the characterisation of Aza’s best friend Daisy. They were – in true, John Green style – far more educated and philosophical than your everyday teenagers are but that adds to the charm of his books.
The main let-down was the plot. From the synopsis, the book is set up as an investigation-adventure story. However, the plot is more of an afterthought while reading. The idea of the plot hooks you in, only for you to discover that it’s actually nonexistent.
Overall, the book was sweet and a little sad. It made you think and touches your emotions much more deeply than any of John Green’s other books. It’s his best work.
Should you read it?
If you’re a John Green fan, or want to read more books that talk about mental illness, then Turtles All the Way Down is a must-read. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. *You can purchase Turtles All the Way Down from The Book Depository.
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