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.
– Talk about blood and bacteria.
– Mental health issues.
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!