Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

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It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525555360
0525555366
Branch Call Number: Teen Gre
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_Sarah
Nov 15, 2017

Aza's anxiety disorder is written so well that I'd often find myself feeling anxious while reading. I think that's a pretty good testament to John Green's writing!

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darladoodles
Nov 14, 2017

Finally. FINALLY. A John Green novel that even comes close to"The Fault In Our Stars" and i loved it. Aza, specially named by her father to show how she is everything to him (the whole alphabet) suffers from OCD and we have a front row seat as her thoughts spiral down tighter and tighter affecting her relationships in distressing and unpredictable ways. The most enduring relationship in this book is Aza and Daisy's friendship. Her romance with Davis is also a key component. Green has a way with dialogue and family dynamics that really shine in this latest novel. The ending is genius. Highly recommended!

OPLJessG Nov 08, 2017

The cynic can chalk another YA hit in the "sick lit" column, but that would be doing a significant disservice to the reader. It's common knowledge now that this book was highly influenced by Green's own struggles with mental health. To craft a story like this is more than just "writing what [you] know" (but it's a lot easier when you've lived it). This astonishingly truthful book shatters the illusion that OCD is quirky and easily overcome; very few people can outlive such a condition. Aza's thought spirals are practically tangible and the writing more than just a run-on sentence gimmick. This is a highly emotional read for anyone (not just teens) who lives with anxiety & panic disorders, or knows someone who endures them.

AL_TIEGAN Oct 31, 2017

If you wondered what it'd be like to live inside the mind of someone who experiences OCD and anxiety - please pick up this book! I am so glad John Green found his way through a spot of darkness after the success of The Fault in Our Stars by writing about his own experience and turning it into Turtles All the Way Down. There were times when I recognized myself in Aza, and not all of them were pretty, but that's okay. (Okay?) And that ending - no spoilers, other than to say that it was genius and really made me tear up. This book also has the bonus of an interesting mystery to solve - so, you know, it has it all. =)

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becker
Oct 30, 2017

No one does teen relationships like John Green. I thought it could have been a fuller more complex story but I liked the characters and even managed to learn a thing or two.

LPL_CentennialC Oct 27, 2017

Speaking as someone who has two signed John Green books sitting on a shelf at home, you could say that I was more than a little excited about this book. Although, confession: I wasn’t a huge fan of The Fault in Our Stars, so I was a little nervous to start Turtles All the Way Down. But it did not disappoint!

Although the main plot involves chasing a runaway billionaire--at it’s heart Turtles is a touching and cathartic story about a girl named Aza who struggles with her mental health. I’d been in a bit of reading slump, but Turtles left me with the kind of sense of calm & hope that only a good book can bring. The characters are realistic and engaging, and there are quite a few immensely quotable scenes (I found myself wanting to highlight passages often). The holds list is long right now, but I promise the wait will be worth it!

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BeePeeker
Oct 26, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down

I was disappointed in this latest effort by award-winning author John Green.
Somehow, Green managed to write a 304-page novel about an anxiety disorder, and NEVER ONCE make the connection that Aza’s father’s sudden death might have been connected to her anxiety issues.

Also disturbing was the fact that the therapist in the novel NEVER ONCE asks Aza about her dad, his death, or even eludes to the fact that anxiety usually has an underlying issue that needs to be addressed, and instead pushes medications as-not the cure-but the way to maintain a semblance of normality.

I struggled through the tortured plot (lots of Star Wars trivia, turatura lizard facts, OCD action, and a missing billionaire father), which is heavy with hooks and quotes and the need to be intellectual, hoping that the climax would result in a much-needed “A-HA!” moment for everyone (as I felt sorry for the characters). But no, even in the wake of the car crash (with Aza sobbing over the final loss of connection with her dad-his car and cell phone), instead of allowing the underlying truth to come forward and healing to begin (i.e. to talk about this loss and how it makes her feel the need to eat hand sanitizer), the therapist visits to once again push the agenda that only by taking medication regularly will Ava ever be able to have a life.

Green also manages to allow Aza to be obsessed with the amount of bacteria that we are made of (which she googles constantly), her worries about C. Diff. (which results in her need to use hand sanitizer constantly), but NEVER ONCE has Aza google any information to discover the critical information that hand sanitizer actually worsens the problem by killing off beneficial bacteria (same issue in our guts with antibiotics, BTW).

Note: JG’s videos now come with an initial commercial for Premera Health Insurance; I wonder if he is being sponsored by Merck, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson as well?

In a way, a fascinating look into the mind of a teen with anxiety issues who is not getting the treatment she needs. Green’s message came through loud-and-clear: there is no hope for you unless you swallow this bitter pill: you will need to be medicated for the rest of your sorry life. No happy endings here.

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HayleyRos3
Oct 24, 2017

A naked look into the everyday struggles of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and a realistic story about mental health. Highly recommended.

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singidunum_25
Oct 11, 2017

Q&A with John Green
https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/1307.John_Green?rto=x_gr_e_nl_ya&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ya_newsletter&utm_campaign=oct2017&utm_content=interview&ref_=pe_2620350_256854290

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Oct 30, 2017

blue_dove_464 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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