Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I have seen some mixed reviews about this book but I had to decide for myself and surprisingly I enjoyed it. I think because I didn’t go into this one with such high expectations like I did with “A Fault in Your Stars”.  Don’t get me wrong, that one was good but I didn’t think it was as good as everyone made it out to be.

So upon reading “Turtles All the Way Down” I went in with no expectations and it was so much better. I got to enjoy the story the way it was supposed to be enjoyed.

I liked Aza. Despite her mental instability, I thought she had such a unique personality that made her stand out. I could relate to her OCD and anxiety since I also suffer from it. I also live with someone who suffers from depression and anxiety. While not as extreme as in Aza’s case, there are moment in this book when I totally nodded my head and said..”yep”. Green nailed it on the head describing someone who lives with mental illness and the never ending spiral.

Her friendship with Daisy reminded me of my relationship with my former best friend of 10 years. While we are no longer friends, she was the one that was always pushing me out of my comfort zone and putting me in situations that I didn’t want to be in.

The plot was somewhat predictable but as I reflect on this book, I feel like it was more of a loose foundation to set the characters and see how they interact. I liked all parallels drawn between Aza and Davis, especially how despite being in two different worlds, they were more alike than different. They each had their own struggles and seeing them work them out on each other was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

This book tugged at my heart strings in the most unexpected way but I’m glad. I read this book because of all the hype and I wasn’t disappointed. It makes me want to read more of  Green and maybe reread “A Fault in Our Stars”.


Have you read “Turtles All the Way Down”? What did you think? Let’s discuss! Post in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

  1. […] FINALLY got a chance to read this one and surprisingly LOVED it. I say this because I didn’t necessarily see “A Fault in Your Stars” such a mind blowing read as everyone made it out to be. You can read more of thoughts on this book here. […]

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  2. I think the problem I had with this is that I had really high expectations that the book just couldn’t live up to. I had seen only really positive reviews for this and so that probably made it worse

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