Turtles all the way down🐢🐢

I don’t always have a good reason for why I don’t like a book. Sometimes it’s more based on a feeling. Cause in the beginning of the book I didn’t like it that much, but luckily it grew on my as I read on, and I did end up liking it (it was touch and go for a while). As you can probably tell by the title, I just finished Turtles all the way down by John Green. I wasn’t completely sure about my feelings towards this book, so I had to put down some pros and cons to sum up my feelings.

Turtles all the way down is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Aza. Right from the beginning the reader gets the sense that something is wrong with Aza, and that she struggles with anxiety and other mental health issues. I think we can call her an extreme germaphobe, which challenges her every aspect in life. When she was younger she used to be best friend with Davis, a billionaire’s son. One day Davis’ dad goes missing, and there is a reward up for $100 000, and Aza’s best friend Daisy convinces her they need to investigate the disappearance and get the reward.

The story of Aza gripped me and stirred a lot of feelings, which is a plus. The book also contains important topics like loss, anxiety and mental health issues. I feel like John Green always include important topics in his books (some that are taboo), which definitely is a plus in my book (no pun intended). And I think this is why everyone loves the book. A lot of people have finally found an MC they can truly relate to.

Trigger warnings:

– Talk about blood and bacteria.

– Mental health issues.

– Loss/death.

Like I said, I wasn’t sure about this book in the beginning. I think it might have been the fast paced and erratic writing from Aza’s POV that threw me off. But I did end up liking it in the end. There were a few more reasons why this didn’t get a five star rating from me, but I will tell you more about those further down in the blog post so that I keep this part spoiler free.

Aza, Daisy and Davis were very likable. Though Daisy had her moments where she made me furious (being a bad friend) but I guess so did Aza (though it was her mental health issues’ fault). Also, it was really frustrating to read her thoughts when she was having trouble reasoning with herself.

I enjoyed reading a book with such a relevant topic and I would like to read more books like this. To sum up, this was dark but funny, cute but a little bit gross, very interesting and also heartbreaking! If this sounds like something you would enjoy, you should definitely pick it up. I actually think this would be a great book for everyone to read, just to get some insight into how some people struggle with their mental health.

There are a few spoilers coming up so if you haven’t read it and intend on reading it, you should come back later for another blog post!

I Don’t think it was realistic how Aza opened up straight away when she met Davis again, but in the scheme of things this doesn’t really seem like a very important element.

Also, how the hell can she be so stupid and accept the money? How?? He’s falling for you, you’re falling for him and you’re taking the money?? And then there’s almost no more talk about the money later in the book (and they don’t end up together so WAS it all for the money?? This part really irked me..

I’m angry about the way Aza lets everybody, especially Daisy walk all over her, but I do realize it’s just the way she is, having mental health issues. But I’m even more angry that Daisy can be such a bad friend at times. She’s not sick. Aza is.

Just a side note.. I would have loved to get every movie that comes out to the theater directly to my house!! But I would have trouble ever leaving my house.. more than I already do (as an introvert).

For now i’m sticking with four stars ****

Have you read Turtles all the way down? If so, how did you like it? Are you reading anything else interesting right now? Let’s chat in the comments!

– toodeloo

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Vilde says:

    I wasn’t too big of a fan of this story. It’s always a hit and miss with John Greens books for me. I do think the representation of mental health is very important though.

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    1. Hette says:

      Yes absolutely! I think it’s important to talk about these issues, and bringing them up in these popular books is a great way to spread the message.


  2. It was good but I’ve read much better and more accurate books on OCD. I’m currently working on my first novel where, like this, the lead character has OCD. Maybe you will read it some day 🙂


    1. Hette says:

      I guess everyone’s OCD is individual and John green is writing from his experience with OCD so I don’t think it’s inaccurate just different from yours maybe. Maybe I will 😊


  3. I always feel left out like I missed something vital when a book is a bestseller and I don’t care for it.


    1. Hette says:

      You haven’t read it? It’s never too late you know 😁


  4. Marie says:

    Lovely review! ❤ I'm sorry you weren't on board with everything in this book, but glad to hear you still found out some enjoyable elements. I'm a huge fan of John Green's and, for me, this book is one of his most powerful, most likely because it's an #ownvoices book as well. The anxiety and ocd rep was really on point for me 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this 😀

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    1. Hette says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words!❤️ I’m finding it hard to put thoughts to words to paper after reading a book so that means a lot to me!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Marie says:

        I get it, it’s the book that means so much to us that are the hardest to review!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Hette says:

        I think you’re absolutely right! Scared to not do right by the book, by not doing my absolute best on the review. 📖

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Marie says:

        Well, don’t worry, I think you’re doing AMAZING ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Hette says:

        Thank you so much😁❤️ You’re too kind!

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Marie says:

        Oh you’re so welcome ❤ ❤ ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Priyasha says:

    I totally loved the book 🙂 This was my first read of 2018 . Awesome review 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hette says:

      Great first read then😃 Thank you so much!💕


  6. Priyasha says:

    I really love your photo of the book.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hette says:

      Thank you so much! That’s so sweet😊 I took it while hiking!


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