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I’ve been reading a TON of new stuff lately and I haven’t had much of a chance to share any of it with you…bummer…I know. But today I had to carve out a little time to put up a quick review of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. If you haven’t read it yet, I think you probably should…here’s why!
Turtles All The Way Down | John Green
I am admittedly not a big John Green fan. I know, I know, no lecture required. I tired in the past and I just couldn’t do it. Maybe it was the hype, maybe it was my own personal mental vendetta or something, I don’t know. That being said, Turtles All The Way Down was exceptional. In this busy and crazy life that I live I rarely have time to devote to a book for a whole day; I finished this book in one day.
I was exceptionally tired the following day, I think it was probably worth the exhaustion.
The general premise of the book is that a man who is wanted for fraud is missing. The man is the father of Aza’s (the main character) somewhat estranged friend from her past. Aza overcomes a slew of her own issues and problems during the novel but the real unsung hero in my opinion is her best friend, Daisy. Of course Daisy is interested in that $100,000 reward that is being offered for info leading to the whereabouts of the missing man, but the journey leads Daisy to a revelation about compassion and friendship.
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These two young women who have been friends for as long as they can remember are living remarkably alone within their shared reality. Daisy and Aza both learn a lot about compassion and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I learned a bit about that myself in the process. There’s the typical “boy girl will they won’t they” kind of thing happening which moves the story along BUT it doesn’t take over the point of the novel…I appreciate that.
I enjoyed that Turtles All The Way Down allows the reader to explore mental illness, which we don’t typically see in YA novels (or any novels NOT on the subject in general) in a way that isn’t overly pushy or clinical. Somehow John Green gives us the opportunity to crawl inside Aza’s skin and walk around for awhile. It’s a startling experience.
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If you’ve lived, you’ve lost and we all deal with that loss in our own way. Sometimes things are not what they seem, other times they’re exactly what they seem. Life is funny that way and Turtles All The Way Down captures that reality quite well.
There’s not much at stake in my opinion. If you don’t learn anything about compassion, friendship, mental illness, money not equalling happiness, or any of a host of other lessons this book contains, you will still have been entertained by two friends on a journey of mystery and intrigue. It’s a win in my opinion!