Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

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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.--INSIDE FLAP.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Young Readers Group,, 2017
ISBN: 9780525555353
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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PerthEastLibrary May 06, 2017

I love John Green as an author, so of course I had to pick this up. It was really good and a fast read but I found it was hard to follow a plot. The plot just seemed like it was lacking and the characters were hard to relate to. The theme of anxiety is well written into the plot but it felt like... Read More »

John Green's first teen novel since "The Fault in our Stars" is a story of mental illness, friendship, romance and a mystery.

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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.

Dec 10, 2018

I picked this book up after hearing John Green speak with Teri Gross. Apparently, he's hugely popular online for videos he's posted. And many people read his first book. Liked it.

Oct 25, 2018

how can i download this e-book? Thx

Oct 17, 2018

Excellent book for any age reader.

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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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