Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Brief Synopsis : When a local billionaire goes missing with a one hundred thousand dollar finder's fee, Aza and her best friend...

Brief Synopsis: When a local billionaire goes missing with a one hundred thousand dollar finder's fee, Aza and her best friend Daisy go on the hunt. Luckily, Aza knows the billionaire's son, Davis, from camp - so they've got a way in. So, while this seems like a mystery novel, it only is a little bit. What's more is Aza's thoughts are spiraling out of control - all day, every day.

I was so pumped when I saw Book of the Month was offering Turtles All the Way Down for just $9.99, so of course I added it to my monthly box. Make sure to check out what other books they're offering right now, too. (PS. The subscription makes the perfect holiday gift!)

In typical John Green fashion, this novel will make you laugh out loud and sob uncontrollably. Aza is trying to be your typical teenage girl, but there's a few things stopping her - like the fact that she can hardly control her thoughts, and everything she does spins her into a tightening gyre that makes it really difficult for her to function at times.

This novel handles mental illness in a way a lot of media and entertainment do not. I trust John Green did his research in writing this novel, and I was glad to see mental disorders handled in a way that didn't make the situation seem incredibly negative. While mental illness can differ from individual to individual, the novel provides a little bit of a glimpse into how overwhelming this type of disorder can be. He even included the National Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hotline information in his acknowledgments.

Whether you're laughing, crying, or just contemplating your entire existence, this novel will make you feel all the feels. You'll be pleasantly surprised on what the title means and where it comes from, and I really enjoyed that little surprise.

Turtles All the Way Down is short, at less than 300 pages, and it's an incredibly quick read. There were parts I wish I had more information about, which granted it a little less than five stars, but it's definitely one I would recommend reading. You can never really go wrong with John Green - even when I didn't love a novel of his (*cough* Paper Towns *cough*), I can still always love, love, love his writing.

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  1. I've never read anything by John Green, but after hearing so much about how he writes about mental illness and the plot sounding interesting, I'm really excited to read this at some point!

    1. He's a great writer. I've never read anything by him that didn't have me laughing and crying! Lol.

  2. This was my latest BoTM pick, too, & I haven't read it yet but am truly looking forward to it.

  3. I've read so many great reviews about this book! I have not read a lot of John Green, but I think I need to give this one a try.