I know John Green is often seen as an overrated author – his books are super famous in the world of YA fiction and he’s also got a huge internet-Youtube following. A lot of people like to point out how “over it” they are – how they don’t see what’s so appealing about John Green’s writing and how his books are nothing to write home about. However, I’ve actually always been a fan of John Green – from when I first read Looking for Alaska up until the present day, when he’s just come out with this book, Turtles All the Way Down.
Now, let me begin by saying that if you didn’t like John Green’s previous novels, you probably won’t find this one to be tremendously different. But if you enjoyed at least some of his other books, or if you haven’t yet read anything of his, I highly suggest giving this book a try.
Turtles All the Way Down is about the main character, Aza’s, struggle with OCD, anxiety, and mental health in general as she goes through all the motions of being a normal high school girl. Although we definitely see Aza’s problems throughout the book, she is an overall likeable and relatable main character who you’ll grow to love and sympathize with as you read the book.
When I first started reading this book, in the first couple of chapters, I was wondering if I’d be able to get into this story – I found myself a bit bored, to be quite honest. However, as I made my way deeper into the story, I was really able to connect with the characters and became really enthralled in the tales of their daily lives. Although I’m an extremely slow reader, I found this book to be a relatively quick read at a little over 250 pages.
I debated with myself about whether I should give this book a four- or a five-star rating, and I ended up deciding it deserves a solid five stars. The only thing I was really unsatisfied with was the beginning which, like I said, started off a little slow for me, but since it didn’t prove to be much of a problem in the end, I decided not to dock a star for that reason.
Overall, I think this book does a really admirable job of accurately depicting mental illness and I think it’s a must-read for anyone who enjoys young adult literature. Thank you, John Green, for another winner in my book.
Have you read Turtles All the Way Down? What did you think? Are you a fan of John Green in general? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and, like always, thank you for reading! 🙂