⭑⭑⭑ ½ / 5
By John Green
REVIEW by Meghan Boyd
Another classic John Green novel. Quirky characters, someone’s gone missing, and lots and lots of philosophy. It’s hard not to draw comparisons between Turtles and Green's older novel Paper Towns. However, Turtles is it’s own, albeit slightly bizarre, creation.
Turtles All The Way Down is a novel within a novel. At first glance, it is a murder mystery/ romance about two friends, two boys, and a tuatura. Once you look closer, however, it is easy to see that it is a much more complex look at the human brain, the universe and high school. And once finished, it is easy to sit back and remember the book as a love story.
Aza is a very interesting character to read from. She lives with an anxiety disorder that causes her to have obsessive intrusive thoughts, and this is something we see her struggle with constantly. Green does a fantastic job at depicting an anxiety-ridden teenager whose greatest wish in the world is that her brain would just shut up. It is easy to place yourself in Aza’s shoes and understand her struggles.