Good evening everyone! How are all of you enjoying the summer so far? It’s getting hotter by the day here in Malta and I can’t wait to start going to the beach :3 (or pool, depending on the mood).
However, until I go to the beach/pool (Y’all will definitely know when), here is my review of ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ by John Green.
EXCERPT: 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. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
“Your now is not your forever.”
MY THOUGHTS: This book has got to be one of the best books by John Green that I have ever read, topping my favorites, Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. Aza’s anxiety and feelings and the way she processes them are so raw and real and she grows so much from when you first meet her in the book. It took me a while (a bit more than two weeks) to finish, as some parts were a bit triggering for me, but I loved everything about it. The plot, the characters and their development, the relationships they have and how they evolved throughout the book, as well as the problems that they face.
There’s something about the way Aza falls deeper and deeper into her anxiety and paranoia… it’s so unnerving and real, and the book really helped me understand how anxiety can actually affect the people around you, and the sacrifices they make to make you happy, even though it may hurt themselves. Some people may like it like Davis (Pickett’s son) did, while others, like Daisy, have to be very patient and take a while to really understand what is happening to their loved one(s). It also helped me realize how stuck in our own heads and thoughts we can be sometimes, especially when we’re struggling. Sometimes it can be very hard for me to think outside myself, but if I just focus on the present and how the people I love are feeling, it helps me feel less alone and less overwhelmed.
I hope you enjoyed this review! Please let me know if you have any other thoughts about this book, I would love to discuss this more in-depth with other readers
Written by: Alexia DeBono
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