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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Reynoso

Book Review - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

John Green never disappoints and once again he delivers an emotional and poignant novel with Turtles All the Way Down. I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed getting to know Aza in this character driven narrative. John Green gets us in the mind of Aza, helping us as readers see and feel what it means to think differently from everyone. This is a story about how mental illness impacts a person's life, but it's also about humanity. Mental illness doesn't make someone less human, in fact it makes them more so. It's a reminder that we as people need to better understand each other on an individual level instead of expecting everyone to be the same. In this book we get in Aza's mind, in her thoughts, and we shadow her life and get a glimpse into her daily challenges of living with mental illness. We get to know Aza and her best friend Daisy as they investigate the disappearance of a local billionaire, hoping to collect a hundred-thousand-dollar reward.

Love where the title is derived from. When I heard it in the narrative it made me smile.

I would have to say this glimpse into the mind of someone who thinks differently than the norm is second only to another great story, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. I highly recommend Turtles All The Way Down and give it a solid four stars. Bravo John Green, well done.



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