Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green



I LOVE John Green’s books. His teens are smart, connected to the world beyond high school and its associated cycles of drama, have deep emotions and, best of all, are completely believable. Plus he lives in Indianapolis. Enough said, right?

One of the down sides to listening to books in the car is not always being able to get a quote written down that I want to remember. This book was full of them!


The Story

Aza and Daisy are best friends who love to hang at the Nora Appleby’s. Both worry about paying for college, but Aza worries about certain germs even more. Worries to the point of needing appropriate psychiatric help. Several years ago she lost her Dad and met a boy named Davis Pickett at “SAD Camp”–the name they gave the Brown County camp both attended that specialized in helping kids who were grieving.

“Your now is not your forever.”

Fast forward to now late teen age years when Aza and Daisy re-encounter Davis whose billionaire father has disappeared. “To be alive is to be missing.”  The changes this event and the re-birth of Aza’s relationship with Davis bring to both BFFs makes for a compelling story. From writing fan fiction, creating underground art, dealing with out-of-control anxiety and lingering loss, to falling in love and learning about the truth and consequences of money, this book packs a punch. “Wealth is careless.”

Love is not a tragedy or a failure, but a gift..

….nothing in this world is deserved except for love…

….love is both how you become a persona and why..

….no one ever says ‘good bye’ unless they want to see you again.

I am happy to know that a movie of this book is in the works.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

My Rating

4 Solid Turtles

5 thoughts on “Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

  1. HEY!!!!! I refound you.

    I have enjoyed looking at some of your books reviews. I get the best books from you 🙂
    Did you read The Awakening Of Miss Prim yet?

    I have to say we did not do an OCC box this year 😦 hiding my head in shame.

    I’m curious your views on The Crown on Netflix. I figure you will have an opinion. What’s the BEST book to learn about Elizabeth and Phillip?

    Miss you!

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