Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down

Turtles all the Way Down By: John Green

Much like his other novels, John Green provides his readers a teenage protagonist in a coming of age setting. In this case, her name is Aza. She is a modern teenager living in Indianapolis who is faced with the challenges many modern teens are seeing these days: love, personal pressures, friends and anxiety. She may have what some would call an obsessive anxiety— one which almost killed her, but overall it is an anxiety from the many dangers we encounter on an everyday basis (even when they are as small as bacteria, anyone ever hear of C. Diff?). She often times lets her anxiety talk her into a frenzy and spiral out of control on its own.

But what is an adolescent read if there was not an element of young love? Creatively described and thoughtfully written, Green introduces Davis, the boy Aza once played with when she was younger. The boy who comes from extreme wealth and good fortune. But we soon see that money does not buy happiness.

And let’s not forget the best friend, Daisy who is so opposite Aza that helps make their relationship flourish.

Together Daisy and Davis offer something, although very different to Aza and help Aza figure things out about herself that she never confided in before.

Green makes it easy to sympathize with Aza throughout the novel, and he descriptively explains her antics. You truly get into her head and see and understand how her mind sometimes unravels out of control. Green does it yet again. Another book thoughtfully mapped with a grand finale of an ending. The last three pages of this book are filled with words, sentences and paragraphs I intend to forever hold within my heart.

A story about a first love, what is to come of the future and learning to become one with who you are, Green portrays the perfect teenage narrative.

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