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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
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Turtles All the Way Down (edition 2017)

by John Green (Author)

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Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:FEATURED ON 60 MINUTES and FRESH AIR

“So surprising and moving and true that I became completely unstrung.” – The New York Times

Named a best book of the year by: The New York Times, NPR, TIMEWall Street JournalBoston Globe, Entertainment WeeklySouthern LivingPublishers Weekly, BookPage, A.V. Club, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and many more!


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 her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Pickett’s son Davis. 

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
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Title:Turtles All the Way Down
Authors:John Green (Author)
Info:Dutton Books for Young Readers (2017), Edition: First Edition, 304 pages
Collections:Fiction
Rating:***
Tags:young adult, illness and health, mystery

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

  1. 60
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (chwiggy)
  2. 40
    Looking for Alaska by John Green (MarchingBandMan)
    MarchingBandMan: The other quasi-existentialist John Green book. Miles Halter deals with existentialism/nihilism in a different way than Aza Holmes, yet this earlier, rawer YA novel expounds on similar themes.
  3. 20
    Paper Towns by John Green (chwiggy)
  4. 00
    Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Micheller7)
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    What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (Micheller7)
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Is this what YA audiences crave?

Nice cover. ( )
  m.belljackson | Jul 7, 2024 |
Shayla: it's a pretty easy read, I read it for school but it definitely felt a little basic and young. ( )
  Shayla_Hi | Jun 3, 2024 |
I find Green’s stuff to be meh. Like it’s not the worst stuff I’ve read but not the best y’know. He’s definitely has his niche. Last one of his books I read was Paper Towns when the movie was coming out and I didn’t really like that one either. Then again I had only read it at the request of my friends. Main reason I was reading this one was mostly just to give it another try and unlike Paper Towns, I thought I’d actually like this one. Was somewhat surprised to find out I enjoyed reading Paper Towns more.

But with this one, the plot just carried on towards nowhere. It had a mystery aspect to it that was interesting but it was barely touched on in comparison to lackluster romance. One pro of it was the mental health aspect. The main character has OCD and the way her inner dialogue is written really showcases her struggles with it well. I do think that does have to do with John having OCD himself, not that his experience is the exactly the same as the character’s. Overall it was somewhat disappointing as the characters are likable even with their flaws. Granted, while I don’t think teenagers about to go to college are quoting academia as directly to the source as the ones in his book are, the dialogue is still realistic despite it. Like I can see people having the conversations they have. ( )
  Wybie | Apr 20, 2024 |
i know i am a 29-year-old. i know this is a young adult book. BUT!!!! John Green you're better than this. soooo much of the dialogue in this book had me thinking, "can you believe this is just a normal average sentence in this totally real book.” i really think this book contains some terrible overwrought pretentious writing. i know a lot of people love John Green for his writing. and i can say that i am not one of those people. if the plot of this story was better i could've gotten over his writing. but the two together!! just nope. nothing makes and then we'll all be dead somebody ( )
  Ellen-Simon | Apr 1, 2024 |
Mystery
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
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Man can do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills. -Arthur Schopenhauer
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At the time I first realized I might be fictional, my weekdays were spent at a publicly funded institution on the north side of Indianapolis called White River High School, where I was required to eat lunch at a particular time -- between 12:37 P.M. and 1:14 P.M. -- by forces so much large than myself that I couldn't even begin to identify them.
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No one ever says goodbye unless they want to see you again.
But I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell....You think you're the painter, but you're the canvas.
Your now is not your forever.
I thought about him asking me if I'd ever been in love. It's  a weird phrase in English, in love, like it's a sea you drown in or a town you live in. You don't get to be in anything else---in friendship or in anger or in hope. All you can be in is love.
Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.
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Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:FEATURED ON 60 MINUTES and FRESH AIR

“So surprising and moving and true that I became completely unstrung.” – The New York Times

Named a best book of the year by: The New York Times, NPR, TIMEWall Street JournalBoston Globe, Entertainment WeeklySouthern LivingPublishers Weekly, BookPage, A.V. Club, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and many more!


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 her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Pickett’s son Davis. 

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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