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Turtles All the Way Down

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  377,682 ratings  ·  37,618 reviews
JOHN GREEN, the acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, returns with a story of shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Aza Holmes never intended to pursue the disappearance of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and h
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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john green fangirls, do your worst. you do not scare me. i am definitely not extremely frightened and emotionally fragile right now.


Well, well, well. John Green. We have to stop meeting like this.

By “like this,” I mean: you write a book, I read it, I hate it. Wash, rinse, repeat. Every time! This is lucky number seven! I don’t think it’s working all that well for either of us. For me, at least, it’s definitely ge
Emily May
“You’re deflecting.” I just stared at her. “You’re right that self isn’t simple, Aza. Maybe it’s not even singular. Self is a plurality, but pluralities can also be integrated, right? Think of a rainbow. It’s one arc of light, but also seven differently colored arcs of light.”

This is difficult to rate. Looking back, there were definitely certain aspects that I thought were done well, but I just didn't enjoy either the story or the uber-philosophical writing. Given that I consider three stars
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I’ve been having a bad run with YA lately. I’ve loved it for so long that I persevere on, remembering that there are gems, that there are treasures, but increasingly I’ve found myself worried - have I grown out of it? Have I overdone it? Each novel seems to be repeating some unspoken pattern, or at least trying to make something new out of the same ingredients. It was with trepidation, then, that I wandered in to Turtles All The Way Down, thinking “yes, I’ve liked John Green books in the past, b ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
The Short
Trigger warnings: anxiety, OCD

Writing: 5 stars
Characters: 4.75 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Originality: 4 stars
(all out of 5 stars)

The Long
It's hard to believe I just read a new John Green (JG from now on) book. My mind can't really wrap around that. (Especially given where I was 5 years ago, not even knowing BookTube existed, now I can't imagine my life without BookTube and being Hailey in Bookland). But it was a pleasure to read his writing again. He is extremely talented. I was super nervous
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I just finished this book, I already know it's one that will stick with me for years to come. I can't fully express how cathartic this book was. I finally saw parts of myself represented in a novel - the parts that I was ashamed of and pretended didn't exist. This is by far my favorite John Green novel. I can't say much more about this because I'm still sobbing over it. Just read it, please. ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My review is now up if you’d like to watch:

I’m speechless. It’s stunning.
Oct 06, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Let us play a little game called "What could this book possibly about?"
First off, we can argue a bit about the setting. His early work would suggest that he prefers warm places, but over the years he has slowly migrated to the Midwest.We can assume that this time it will be set on the sun, for the conditions are best for cultivating our feels, and destroying our hope.

Next, we can examine the characters. They must be the perfect combination of witty, socially awkward, beautiful, and of course, bu
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Stars...and that's me being generous.

This book was, well...not good.


I went into this with somewhat high hopes.

I knew it was about a girl with anxiety issues and - as someone who struggled with a lot of anxiety as a hormone-ridden, depressed teen who lost a parent at a young age myself, (much like Aza) I expected to really connect with this story.

At least on some level.

One reviewer I follow even ranked this as her top read of 2017. Said it was "life changing."



To each their own
C.G. Drews
This was ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT and also gave me an existential crisis so thanks for that. I'm actually floored by how good it was. I mean, I haven't read a "new" John Green novel in forever, but this is worth the wait. I wasn't actually nervous going in. It's about mental health (#OWNVOICES I REMIND YOU) and missing persons and smol sad rich boys and everything about this just shouts that it's my kind of novel. It really really hit home so hard for me. I loved it.

OK note on the title: I see a lot
Emma Giordano
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I leave this review blank for now, I may force myself to film a video review (which I really want to do!) hahah
Rating 3.5

“Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.”

Well, this is awkward.

I went into this thinking I wouldn’t like it. Heck, I went into it pretty much expecting to dislike. And yes, I know that’s a horrible thing to say, and a terrible reason to read a book, but come on, you can hardly blame me.

I hated The Fault in Our Stars, with all of its extremely pretentious characters (although I d
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.4/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.”


This book this FUCKING BOOK. I devoured it in under a day! I couldn't leave it down even though I had studying to do. I was there, with Aza, feeling what she was feeling, understanding even though I don't suffer from it, wanting to "heal" her even though I know I couldn't.
Chelsea Humphrey
"You're a we. You're a you. You're a she, an it, a they. My kingdom for an I."

I hate when I have a middle of the road review to write; I like to feel passionately about a book one way or another, and I almost feel it is easier to share my feelings on a book that is a 1-2 star than any of the 3 stars that come along. I feel at a loss for words to describe my experience while reading this book; I've seen multiple reviews state they felt Turtles All the Way Down wasn't even on the same level as The
Claudia Ramírez
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
"Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'anybody can look at you. its quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.'

oh my gosh. oh my gosh. oh my gosh. i now forgive john green for making me wait 5 years for a new book because this was perfection. honestly, my new favourite of his. i know john green stories tend to be a hit or miss with people, but there is no denying he can write. i loved all the intricacies, and poetic sentences, and overall warm feeling of this book.

i also really appreciate the personal side of t
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edit: Well, I cannot stop thinking about this book, and it's been a few weeks, so that deserves me upping my rating to 5 stars. It has resonated with me more than I thought it would.

“Your now is not your forever.”
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Wow. This book was stunning. Hard to read (trigger warnings for OCD and anxiety), but Jesus, did it feel healing at the same time.

John Green wrote the shit out of this book. The way mental health was portrayed through Aza was excruciating, har
Bill Gates
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Melinda and I did an event with John Green in New York a couple years ago, we knew we had to bring our youngest daughter, Phoebe, along. He is one of her favorite authors, and she’s converted our entire family to fans of his books.

Before we went on stage, John pulled Phoebe aside to share a secret with her: the plot of his new book. He made her promise not to share it with anyone, and she stayed true to her word for nearly two years. She wouldn’t even tell Melinda and me!

Phoebe doesn’t have
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.”

I went into this with a bowl full of low expectations but with a side of high expectations. And it tasted good.

It's been a while since John wrote a book. The first John Green book I ever read was TFIOS, which I loved. During the time that passed until the release of Turtles All the Way Down I caught up with most of his other books, apart fro
bf: *gets me a book*
bf: *picks this one because there's 'turtles' in the title*


No one ever says goodbye unless they want to see you again.

I must admit that never in a million years, would have expected to find myself in a situation like this, one where I'd end up completely put off guard by a book I'd never even considered reading in the first place.
I'm not a huge John Green fan. I've read his previous works and, even if I didn't completely despise them, t
Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Turtles All the Way Down is quintessential John Green - exceedingly eloquent teens with advanced vocabularies ponder existential questions - but, much like its protagonist, the book suffers from a confused sense of identity, trying to be too many things at once. It subsequently lacks focus and offers weak emotional impact.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I thought I would fall in love with this book but I just didn't. 😕

Now I give all of the stars to Aza, Davis and Noah.

I loved Aza so much and as I have mental disorders I can totally relate to her. She's a wonderful character.

Davis is her boy ish friend and he's awesome too. Noah is his brother. They are totally rich and their father is missing. So this is about finding each other and finding a missing father. A few other things thrown into the mix.

I think what kept this from being a 5 star wa
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again. aa”

ever since I finished this book, this sentence has been in my mind, and I've been going over it, again and again, trying to grasp its full meaning. I found out that there's a Japanese word "Sayonara" which means final good-bye. It's not something that you say to someone you are sure you're gonna see again. From my understanding, it also means that if we meet again, we'll be different people, I'll be a different person. And it makes
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If only I were as good at life as I am at the internet.”

I was so overly eager for any new John Green book related content that I made the mistake of reading the excerpt shared on Buzzfeed last month. I say mistake because when I opened up the book weeks after having read the first two chapters, I only had this vague recollection that certainly wouldn't help to continue from where I'd started. Rereading was key.

To give you a bit more background on why I was so eager: Back in 2014, John Green was
This book was a fun audiobook experience as my wife and I listened to about 45 minutes of it together every night. I think this is a great activity for book loving spouses!

Partway through this book I thought I was going to give it an "okay, but didn't really blow me away" 3 stars. However, I think that the last 3rd of the book really brought things together in an interesting way.

At first, the book seemed like it was trying to be too many things at once. Click here for a video from my Goodreads
Felicity Jackson (gowithflick)
100/10. Everybody READ THIS BOOK.
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”One of the challenges with pain – physical or psychic – is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language.”

Those words rang so true and I think this is my favourite quote from the entire book. Because yes, I’ve been there and done that and in all honesty I can’t tell you what was worse. Physical or psychic? In both cases I couldn’t find my voice. For different reasons but the outcome was
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
1.5 “John Green is definitely a miss for me” Stars

“Reading someone’s poetry is like seeing them naked”

UHU. I just bumped to 2 stars because I am reading a 1-star book right now and this is not at that level. I can truly appreciate the OCD representation in Aza so yeah let's leave it at 1.5 near 2.


My problem was expectations. I thought I would relate, I didn’t. My problem was feeling. I thought I would feel, I couldn't.

JG fans please don't throw tomatoes at me. A
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”

(spoiler free) I started reading this book without knowing anything about the story or content. I've probably read the description when it was first announced that we would get another John Green book, but I honestly can't remember. I've read all John Green books so I thought I knew what I would sign up for reading this one. Well I was wrong.

My first thought after reading a couple
✨    jami   ✨
“It's turtles all the way fucking down, Holmesy. You're trying to find the turtle at the bottom of the pile, but that's not how it works."

"Because it's turtles all the way down," I said again, feeling something akin to a spiritual revelation.”

my relationship with john green is hit and miss and whether our relationship would end or continue all hinged on this book. folks, I'm pleased to say he's not cancelled yet.

Honestly, this book almost didn't feel like John Green. It does have staple Jo
Larry H
From the outside looking in, Aza seems to have it all. She's smart and sensitive, and she tries hard to be a good daughter, a good student, and a good friend. But life for Aza isn't what it appears: she struggles every day with invasive thoughts, thoughts which at times leave her unable to focus on nothing but the fear and anxiety they cause.

"It's so weird, to know you're crazy and not be able to do anything about it, you know? It's not like you believe yourself to be normal. You know there is a
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John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New

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