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]
ISBN: 9780525555360
Branch Call Number: Teen Fiction / Green, John
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm.


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John Green's newest book is a #ownvoices book that deals with mental illness, specifically obsessive compulsive disorder. A very compelling story with humor and insight.

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Dec 14, 2017

"The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely."

Before I say anything, in the interest of full disclosure, may it be stated that I am a John Green fan. I have followed the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel for YEARS. I've loved most of what he's written. So, I had a good feeling that Turtles All the Way Down was going to be great before I started it.

With all of that out of the way, Turtles All the Way Down is a fantastic read. The characters feel more tangible than almost anything I've ever read.

When the billionaire construction mogul Russell Pickett goes missing, Aza Holmes' interest is peaked. Not just because there is a $100,000 reward, but because he is Davis' father. Davis and Aza attended the same summer camp growing up, but had fallen out of touch over the years. Aza's best friend Daisy hatches a self proclaimed "brilliant" plan to find information and claim the reward, and off the story goes.

Turtles is at its strongest when the characters are interacting with each other, or Aza is interacting with her inner self. She is real, vulnerable, and a beautiful case study of what it looks like to have OCD and anxiety. Her thoughts are harrowing yet believable. She battles her demons mostly using inner dialogue, and it is challenging to put yourself in her shoes.

If you've ever wondered, "what's wrong with them" when dealing with a loved one with mental illness, Turtles is a must read.

Turtles All the Way Down is raw and unfiltered in a way that left me feeling stripped bare. Easily a top contender for the best YA book of 2017...

DPLsheila Dec 11, 2017

A moving and honest book.

Dec 05, 2017

I loved how John Green wrote about a character with extreme anxiety. He really took the readers "down the spiral." I do not always feel there is a lot of substance to John Green books but he is an enjoyable writer, has excellent quotes, and overall fun stories. I loved the way he explored a character having anxiety in this book.

Nov 29, 2017

Although this isn’t my favorite John Green book, as usual, he gives me lots to think about and how mental illness and extreme anxiety can impact a person’s life. He writes with honesty, giving me a look at issues I need to understand better. He allowed me to have empathy wit a teen-ager I might have ignored.

Nov 25, 2017

So glad John Green come out with another book! just like his others, this book is very unique. This book is about Aza, a teenager who is trying to get through life with her anxiety disorder. She taught that was hard until an old friend, Davis, father goes missing just before his house is supposed to raided by the police. Now her and her friend Daisy want to help Davis and younger brother Noah find their father.
I thought this book was going to focus more on trying to find the father, but rather is was more about Aza and her trying to cope with her anxiety. Although still an amazing book, its not what I was expecting. Rating 4 out of 5 stars
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 25, 2017

This is a book about Aza, her best friend Daisy and their friends Davis and Mychal. Davis' billionaire father vanishes and there is a reward offered for his whereabouts. Daisy wants the reward and Aza is ambivalent since she has feelings for Davis. The book is educational, poignant, and tells us about Aza's battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and anxiety. Every topic that the author touches is handled well. The plot is well told and holds the book together. A great Young Adult Read.

Nov 23, 2017

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Turtles All The Way Down is about a teenage girl named Aza Holmes, who we the reader follows through the novel as she tries to overcome her battle with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and anxiety whilst trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her old child hood friend Davis Pickett's billionaire father Russell Pickett with her best friend Daisy Ramirez, whose a passionate Star Wars fan-fiction author online.

Now you have the premise of the novel let me begin by saying that John Green has done it again. Turtles All The Way Down comes extremely close to topping his previous worldwide phenomenon The Fault In Our Stars by truely capturing the world of a seemingly everyday teenage girl and introducing readers to the anxious life of OCD sufferers.
With each scenario that unfolds throughout the novel involving both Aza's troubles with OCD and anxiety, the reader begins to develop a greater understanding of the disorder's and even starts to feel the effects that our main character battles through only leaving the reader with the greatest of sympathy and understanding for Aza. This even so when our troublesome main character seems to make all the wrong decisions that we'd usually be frustrated by in everyday life.
Green also manages to capture the world of the characters around Aza and the repercussions of her actions they must face, grow to understand and overcome, giving the story an entirely new level of insight inside the lives of those around someone who struggles with these disorders.

However, though Green does a fantastic job at dropping the reader into the world of our main character Aza and taking us along the rollocoaster ride that is her battles with OCD and anxiety there are moments throughout the novel that fall short at keeping the readers attention. Everyday life isn't always drama filled, even with said disorders, and that is no different in the novel. There are chapters that seem to hold no real substance to the story itself and seem to only be there to fill the gaps in between the stories arches. The story also falls short on the investigating/mystery side of things, only ever really picking up that aspect of the novel at the very beginning and end causing the reader to feel almost cheated from a good mystery that is wasted.
These two critiques alone unfortunately hold the novel back at being Green's best piece of work, however, giving it it's rightful spot in second place amongst the rest.

Turtles All The Way Down is a great, seamlessly quick adventure that takes readers on the ever fluctuating journey of Aza Holmes that no reader, regardless of age, should be sure to miss.

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Nov 20, 2017

Another great read from John Green!

Nov 18, 2017

***this book is about ****

Once again, because within Indigenous worldviews everything is interwoven into the ... that all he can say for sure is “it's turtles all the way down” (King, 2003)
from his book : The Truth About Stories..

Turtle Island (North America)

The Lenape myth of the "Great Turtle" was first recorded between 1678 and 1680 by Jasper Danckaerts. The myth is shared by other indigenous peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, notably the Haudenosaunee, or “people of the longhouse,” commonly referred to as Iroquois or Six Nations,



The Jesuit Relations contain a Huron story concerning the World Turtle:

'When the Father was explaining to them [some Huron seminarists] some circumstance of the passion of our Lord, and speaking to them of the eclipse of the Sun, and of the trembling of the earth which was felt at that time, they replied that there was talk in their own country of a great earthquake which had happened in former times; but they did not know either the time or the cause of that disturbance. "There is still talk " (said they) "of a very remarkable darkening of the Sun, which was supposed to have happened because the great turtle which upholds the earth, in changing its position or place, brought its shell before the Sun, and thus deprived the world of sight."




is the website I suggest..I know both Slyvia Maracle & Dr. Marie Battiste & it's a gov't funded site.

Transcripts for Four Directions Teachings.com:

The elders and traditional teachers who have shared a teaching on this site were approached through a National Advisory Committee of Indigenous people concerned with the protection and promotion of Indigenous knowledge. This committee was formed directly for the purposes of this website to ensure a community based approach that was respectful and accountable.

... In addition, the site provides free curriculum packages for grades 1 to 12 to further explore the vast richness of knowledge and cultural philosophy that is introduced within each teaching. The curriculum is provided in downloadable PDF and can also be read online through the Teacher’s Resources link.

Nov 18, 2017

This book was a good quick read. The characters are relatable. This book was good but I wouldn't say a page turner. First book I've read by this author and I will be reading another!

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Oct 30, 2017

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Dec 12, 2017

I know that girl would go on, that she would grow up, have children and love them, that despite loving them she would get too sick to care for them, be hospitalized, get better and then get sick again. I know a shrink would say "Write it down, how you got here."
So you would, and in writing it down you realize, love is not a tragedy or a failure, but a gift.


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