Turtles All the way down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

About the book

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.


This is yet another young adult book that had made a lot of hype over the past year. So I decided to add it to my reading list. Turtles all the way down is about a teen named Ada who has anxiety issues. Ada comes off a caring and gentle character and this made me warm up to her from the beginning. Aza also has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) how the writer brings it out makes it feel real. We normally mention OCD in passing, to understand OCD in a teen, Turtles all the way down will give you that experience first-hand.

Aza and her best friend Daisy discover the disappearance of Russel Picket the town’s richest man and there is a reward for his discovery. Daisy is excited about the reward, however, Aza is not really bothered about the money, all she thinks about is how she will reconnect with Davis.  Russel is Davis’s father and Davis and Aza were childhood friends.

The book was an easy read, this is one of the reasons I read it to the end. I found it hard to connect the relationship between the title and the whole narrative. Maybe its just me but I could not get the connection between the title and how it related to the book.

This was an average read for me. I neither liked it nor disliked it. It had its highs and lows. Through the book, I experienced OCD and anxiety from the point of view of a 16-year-old teen.


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