Hey everyone! So I finally read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I got this book as a Christmas present, and I’ve only just read it. This was actually my winning choice to read when I did the Try a Chapter Tag, and I’m really glad I chose this one.
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 Stars
I really enjoyed this book, and I think that everyone should read it. I do have to say that there are trigger warnings for anxiety and OCD, so if you get triggered by that stuff, I might not recommend this to you. I mean, I don’t have OCD or anxiety, and I was feeling kinda uncomfortable reading some of Aza’s spirals. So, just putting it out there, there are trigger warnings.
I loved the characters in this book. I really liked Aza and it was interesting reading her thoughts and seeing the world through her eyes. I didn’t give the book five stars because I couldn’t fully relate to Aza, but that’s because I don’t have OCD or anxiety. That’s just me, and I think if someone does have either anxiety or OCD, they will absolutely love it. I’ve heard that the representation is really good, which is understandable because this book is actually OwnVoices. Reading this book knowing that it’s OwnVoices has actually made me know more about John Green as a person. I had absolutely no idea that he had OCD or anxiety, so this book really opened my eyes.
Now, about Daisy. I still kinda like her, even though she said and did some awful stuff. She did apologise, and I personally think she is a redeemable character, but it might be because, again, I don’t have OCD or anxiety, so I don’t fully know how mean and insulting it is. I mean, I know it’s awful and really not nice, but I don’t know exactly how bad it is. So that’s my whole dilemma with Daisy.
I loved Davis though. He was so cool and such a great character. The ending was sad, because Aza and Davis part ways, but I did appreciate the fact that the book was basically saying how not all relationships work out, no matter how much you love each other. But the last line also hinted that maybe they’ll meet again in the future, which is what I hope happens, cause I love them so much.
But I wanna say though, Russell Pickett is the biggest douchebag I’ve ever read about. Leaving everything to a Tuatara! And not his own sons. I just thought that was a dick move.
My biggest question about this book is: is it a very loose Sherlock Holmes retelling? When I started reading this book, I got that vibe, because Aza’s last name is literally HOLMES, and this book does have a mystery in it. If anyone knows whether or not this book is a Sherlock Holmes retelling, please tell me in the comments, because I really want to know.
The last thing about this book that I want to mention are the quotes. There were so many amazing and beautiful quotes, from both John Green and others, and I’ve bookmarked heaps of them. I think they are such a nice touch, and they brought the perfect little something into this book. But it’s a John Green book, so it was obviously going to be beautifully written.
So that is it for my Turtles All The Way Down review! I really hope you enjoyed reading this and remember to tell me in the comments your thoughts and opinions of this book. I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you very soon, bye!