Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery 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 Russell 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.
I admit, I was skeptical when I started hearing people say that this book was different from John Green’s other books. I’ve read all of his novels, and to varying degrees disliked them all. But I’m really like the #ownvoices, and I want to support it whenever I can. So thus, last month, I found myself reading another John Green book.
Turtles All The Way Down is a really great story, with realistic and interesting characters. Prehaps this is because of the topic Green chose for his book, maybe there are other reasons. From the first chapter I already liked the writing better. For one the characters in this book actually seemed like teenagers, and they never sounded pretentious like all of the other Green characters did to me.
The story sounds like it will go one way from the synopsis and the story actually takes some turns that I didn’t see coming, but that I liked very much. I really enjoyed Aza, and I liked her relationship with her mother. I really liked Aza’s friend Daisy, it was refreshing that she wasn’t perfect, and that she was also willing to work on her attitude towards Aza’s mental health problems. I didn’t really care for the love interest Davis, I found him whiny. He’s the son of a very rich man but all he can think is “woe is me” about everything. Thankfully the ending, and the romance between Aza and Davis ends in a good place.
At times this book was almost hard to read. I had OCD (or something like it, I was never diagnosed) as a child, and reading such a realistic story about OCD made remember my childhood vividly. Aza struggles through some really brutal things, and I almost feel like there should be a trigger warning for this book.
That all said, I enjoyed reading Turtles All The Way Down, and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.