Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRE
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780525555360


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"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 e... Read More »

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Sep 25, 2019

This was such a good book! I loved Aza, I loved Daisy and I loved Davis <3

Aza's spirals are an accurate portrayal and were so well written that they sometimes gave me anxiety.

This is a heartwarming book but you can't take the plot to seriously. A fun read about friendship with some pop culture references to lighten the overall mood of the story. Join the main character for a journey of first love and self awareness.

Sep 23, 2019

I truly enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure what to expect based on the title but I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a young adult novel.

Aug 02, 2019

Turtles All the Way Down is a fantastic book. I have been a fan of John Green for several years, and I was skeptical if he could replicate the success of his previous work. He did just that, and then some.

The main character, Aza Holmes, is an incredibly well-written character. The plot was well thought out, especially for its straightforward premise, and I could never put this book down. However, the book was not simply about mystery and teenage romance. It peered into the stigmatized realm of mental health. I enjoyed the insights into Aza's mind, as it taught me greatly about mental health, and I felt as if Green's snippets of internal dialogue were exceptional. Really shedding some light onto the issue.


Turtles All the Way Down is the best teen book I’ve read in a while. The inside cover of the book suggests that it’s a mystery-solving kind of genre, but after reading one chapter, I already realized that it’s much more than that. The book tells the story of Aza, a sixteen-year-old girl. She suffers from anxiety on a daily basis. The book is told in first person point of view, making the feelings Aza feel a lot more personal. The author did an amazing job describing the “thought spirals” that go through Aza’s mind. A lot of the concepts presented in this book really makes you think, often the things that never naturally occur to you. The plot is very interesting and unique; it avoided clichés. I would say this is a must-read for all teens because it had vivid descriptions of emotions that few teen books achieved as well as a fast-paced storyline that keeps you hooked. 5/5 rating. Cathy, grade 10, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

“Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green is a methodical, pensive book that focuses on anxious sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, her best friend, Daisy, and their investigation of a wanted criminal’s whereabouts. Coincidentally, he happens to be the wealthy dad of one of Aza’s old friends from camp- Davis Pickett- which leads them to rekindle their friendship and tentatively grow it into something more. Some main themes include anxiety, as Aza has this tendency to let thoughts and worries spiral until they fill her mind, identity, and privilege. It’s a very self-aware and relatable story. One thing that stood out to me particularly was how the characters could think and feel so much without saying much, which was really powerful and was something I could connect with, as I tend to prefer to communicate internally instead of externally. Like most of John Green’s work that I’ve read, this book lifted me up and put me in a moving, existential, and profound narrative that connected to real life in so many important and surprisingly accurate ways. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to be pleasantly surprised by something new or anyone wanting to gain self-awareness and perspective on life. Out of 5 stars, I’d rate it a 4.5. Elena of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

May 27, 2019

I loved this book!

May 21, 2019

A realistic young adult novel which will appeal to the intelligent, sensitive, teenage girl. Readers will enjoy seeing how the protagonist, Aza Holmes, works through a mental health disorder in addition to all the other issues teens must deal with in this day and age. I love the realistic way John Green (the author) captures the thoughts and personality of how teens really are!

AnnabelleLee27 Apr 05, 2019

A heady and cerebral novel which portrays the impact of anxiety and unwanted thought cycles in a compassionate and straightforward manner. It also examines friendship, loss, economic class, and romance while exploring a mysterious disappearance. The narrator on the audio book does a great job
speeding up her speech to match the pace of anxious thoughts the character struggles with while also distinguishing between different characters.

Mar 03, 2019

As a teenager, this book for me is an above-average book, but the summary of the book is not clear and can mislead readers in the wrong direction. This book is about Aza and her struggles with her mental disorder, rather than the millionaire mystery. Something I really enjoyed was that it was in the head of Aza. The audience gets a perspective of the things going on inside her head.

Jan 28, 2019

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Dec 23, 2018

People. A moving exploration of mental health which draws from the author's own experience.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 04, 2018

Your now is not your forever.

There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.

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 believe yourself to be normal. You know there is a problem. But you can’t figure a way through to fixing it.

Dec 12, 2017

I know that girl would go on, that she would grow up, have children and love them, that despite loving them she would get too sick to care for them, be hospitalized, get better and then get sick again. I know a shrink would say "Write it down, how you got here."
So you would, and in writing it down you realize, love is not a tragedy or a failure, but a gift.


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