Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down

Mariah Flores, Contributor

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green is a young adult fiction novel centered around a 16-year-old, Aza, her friend Daisy and her maybe-boyfriend Davis.

After Aza sees on the news that long lost friend Davis’ billionaire father has gone missing Aza is on the hunt to find him. Along the way she takes a trip to the hospital and searches a sewer while also navigating her just as messy friendships that are slowly seeming to crumble. What will happen when she and her longtime best friend are at odds? Will Mr. Pickett’s disappearance finally tear apart the loose threads holding them together?

Aza struggles greatly throughout the book with her mental health. Specifically with anxiety and depression. As you get farther into the book you begin to see it start to take over her life, almost as if it has taken control of Aza’s mind. There are points at which Aza doesn’t know if she is Aza, or who Aza even is. It is hard to write such accurate and convincing characters but John Green went above and beyond in this depiction.

Turtles All The Way Down is a stand-alone and it has an age range of 13 and up because of the triggering subjects, what could be perceived as an attempt at suicide, and emotionally heavy topics present. You can find it in our school library.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – it goes on.” “You remember your first love because they show you, prove to you, that you can love and be loved, that nothing in this world is deserved except for love, that love is both how you become a person, and why.”  Above all, Turtles all the way down is, well, Turtles all the way down. After all is said and done, the laughing, crying, hysterical anger, and perhaps some sobbing, John Green leaves you with a message. A message that says that no matter what, even if things don’t get better, you will persevere.