Review of TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green

I forget how much I love a John Green book until I read a John Green book.

Blurb: 'It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.'

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.

First of all, I love this book! I had seen the hype around it when it was published and I remember thinking what a strange book title, so when I saw a copy in my library, I figured why not read it. Aza has mental health. As someone who has family members that suffer from mental health, I always love seeing how an author describes it and I think John did it beautifully. I really got inside Aza’s head and felt so much empathy for her as she tries to be ‘normal’ and have a relationship with Davis. But my favourite thing about this book is Aza and Daisy’s relationship. Daisy is HILARIOUS and so sassy (that’s probably why I like her so much). She says what she wants and speaks what you’re thinking but is loyal to Aza and really tries to understand her mental health. Plus, she writes Star Wars fan fiction! My fav line is “My whole life I thought I was the star of an overly earnest romance movie , and it turns out I was in a goddamn buddy comedy all along.” I literally burst out loud when I read that. I think everyone needs a Daisy in their lives.

John Green is just epic!


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