18 Jan 2018

Book Review / Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

#1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars!

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.

Published:    10th October 2017
Publisher:  Dutton Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library


What I liked about this story...  Despite what the description (found on Goodreads) says, this story is more about Aza.  Seeing her for most of the story struggling with her OCD and trying to overcome this time and time again, that was the most interesting part of this story for me.  For the majority of this book Aza is consumed by her thoughts of illness and disease and whether she is going to catch anything from whatever she does.  Not to the same extreme extent but I can relate to having those thoughts and can see how easy it might be for that to escalate into a bigger problem that Aza is now facing.  This book was more of a learning experience from me, learning all about OCD and how it affects the individual person. 

What I didn't like about this story...   I would have loved to have had more of the story line focus on the actual mystery of what happened to Russell Pickett and also Aza's newly found friendship with Davis, Russell Pickett's son.  Both of those stories are what caught my attention and made me want to read this book but neither of these story lines featured a great deal.