TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN
Turtles all the way down is written by John Green who is quite a popular writer. You might know him from his book “Fault in our stars” which also has been directed into a movie. We all know John Green is a writer who makes us have a good cry after reading his every book. I personally love his writing style and his work; I find it quite beautiful and intriguing. In his new book Turtles All the Way Down, Green turns his single-minded intensity to the question of what it is like to be a teenager struggling with an anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder and my dear it is portraited exquisitely.
Turtles all the way down is a book which is narrated by a troubled teenager from Indianapolis, Aza Holmes. Her best friend Daisy and Aza decide to search for billionaire Russell Pickett, who had been gone missing and has been accused of fraud and bribery. He had a bounty reward on his head of $100,000 and these young girls thought it would help with their college funds and decide to hunt him down.
Aza Holmes is 16-year-old, and she is kind of obsessed with cut on her finger. She has the habit of slicing open her middle finger with the nail of her thumb to remind herself she is real, and she exists. She has done it so much there is a callus there, which she opens and reopens throughout the day. She must sanitize it regularly or it would get infected, so she washes it and puts a bandage regularly. She also has thoughts that she is infected with microbes and she is going to get sick and lives in this constant fear and it consumes most of her.
Daisy is 16 year old and Aza’s best friend. She works in her evenings for her pocket money. Aza and Daisy inhabit a recognizably teenage world of crushes and double dates, veggie burgers, of late night texting and Star Wars fan fiction and conversations about unsolicited dick pics. And like the best of young adult fiction, the book has a deep understanding of what it means to be a teenager. There is a twist, but not a thriller one: a twist in the telling, not of what’s told.
Early in their search daisy realizes Aza knows Russell Pickett’s son Davis Pickett who even though having worldly pleasures he is troubled, still mourning about his mother’s death, who died nine years ago and now he had to deal with his father’s disappearance, and the knowledge that if his dad has died and he left all his fortune to his pet tuatara.
You must think Turtles all the way down is a book which has mysteries to be solved you begin to expect, and predict, major plot twists. But John Green decides to not focus on the mystery but on the teenage friendships and love interests and, maybe most of all, Aza’s mental health. Let me tell you this story is going to be something you love, why you ask? Well, it is something I really loved cause everything about this book right from showing the mental illness to the conversations they have is fabulously written and I loved it.
If you like John Green’s writings I would recommend you this book, Turtles all the way down. It has a bit of everything and the simplicity and everything is awesome. The mental illness, OCD, anxiety everything is explained really well and the love story Aza and Davis have is something different and amazing. Give it a shot, you will not regret it.
Where To Buy
Turtles All the Way Down Paperback – 1 September 2018
Feb 21 2021