TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
“I feel like a noose is tightening around me and I want out, but struggling only cinches the know. The spiral just keeps tightening, you know?”
John Green and I definitely have a love/hate relationship. I loved THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, thought LOOKING FOR ALASKA was just okay, hated PAPER TOWNS, and couldn’t even finish WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. So….more on the hate spectrum than love.
Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting to even ENJOY this one, but I LOVED IT SO FREAKING MUCH.
First off, I forgot just how beautiful John’s writing is. It’s so beautiful and flows so well and really captures you into the story, here are some of my favorite quotes. (TW for OCD/Anxiety for most of these)
“I feel like I might not be driving the bus of my consciousness.”
“Not in control,” she said.
“One of challenges with pain—physical or psychic— is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, the pain is the opposite of language.”
Maybe they aren’t beautiful to everyone-or most people, actually, but as someone who suffers from OCD like Aza as well as the author, it literally HURT because these quotes spoke to me so much.
Going off of that, something I appreciated SO much was the OCD representation. While this book is own voices, I was still hesitant going into this because it’s such a stereotyped mental illness in the media. It’s pretty rare when I have to stop reading because the book gets to be too much, but I definitely did for this one. I saw myself so much in this book and it really made me think about my mental illness journey and recovery so much that it took me a few extra days to read this because I had to take so many breaks and really think, but that’s definitely a positive.
Another great aspect of this book was that it shows how money can effect someone. We have to many different economic classes in this, low class, middle class, and very very high class. It’s interesting to me that it totally didn’t play out the way I thought it would. When the person in the lower economic class acquired a lot of money, they changed, but when the higher classed lost money, they were pretty much the same person.
I don’t want to go on for too long because I simply would go on forever if I could, but if you have enjoyed Green’s works in the past, this is for you. If you haven’t enjoyed them, this is also for you. So basically, this is for everyone.
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