Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (non-spoiler review)

Book: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Rating: 4 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.


Everyone’s heard of John Green. For the most part I enjoy his books but they haven’t ever been my favourites. None the less, I love his writing and was totally down to read this one.


Can I just say I loved the parts that were all biological in this book, because as much as science is just meh for me, biology is my favourite of the three main ones. Also, the philosophy in this book may have been a tad too much for most people, but I love that type of thing, so it was just another positive for me.


You know those books that take a few chapters to get into? Well this book had me hooked from page one. Of course I loved the writing and I really enjoyed the story as well. Plus the anxiety/OCD/spiraling thoughts, they were done so so well.


Aza: Okay but I loved Aza. Most of the time with contemporary characters, the best is me liking them, but I LOVED her. She was just written so well, completely different from your typical YA protagonist and overall just interesting to read about. The focus was on her and how she dealt with her anxiety, and that insight on her thoughts was done well and really made me connect with her character.

Davis: At first I was okay with his character, but the further into the book I got the more I liked him. He was caring and understanding and I loved his blog posts that we got to see. I don’t particularly love him, but I like his character.

A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


Talk To Me

Have you read TATWD? Is it on you TBR? What about John Green’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

Until next time,



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