Review: Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

Title: Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

In short: Not Green’s best work but still a solid effort.

No spoilers

Reading this book was strange, strange experience. You see the main character, Aza has a mental illness. Which is brilliant. I mean more books should have characters with mental illnesses in them. Though, clearly I am not used to reading books like this as I felt like I was falling into Aza’s thought spirals throughout this book. In a way this makes Turtles All The Way Down quite brilliant.

I also loved all the characters in this book. Especially Daisy, the complete Star Wars fanatic who always stuck by Aza no matter what. It was good to see such a great relationship in a young adult book and I think we could all learn a lot from Daisy.

The story itself though was a little lackluster. The main arc concerns itself with Daisy going after reward money to try and help find an old friends father. There was nothing very exciting about the arc and to be honest – beyond introducing that old friend into the book I’m not sure it had any real purpose. Though for some reason the blurb describes it as what this book is about.

Despite this, I thought this book was a solid effort. Certainly, it is not Green’s best work, but it is still worth a read.

I’m rating it 3/5 stars.




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