Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza is mostly a normal girl, until she gets caught up in her own mind. When she eats, she starts to think about digestion, and all the different things in her body that help her digest, to the point where it doesn't feel like she's real, so she has to break that skin, so she can make sure she is real, until it might get infected, so she has to make sure she gets out all the infection, and then she needs to sterilize it and get a band-aid on it right away.

Daisy, her best friend, is desperate to solve the disappearance of Russell Pickett, missing CEO billionaire, where information regarding his disappearance is worth $100,000. And his son just happens to be an old friend of Aza's. Daisy thinks that the two of them can work together to solve the crime, and get the money. Aza isn't so sure, but is willing to try.

Romance, mystery, friendship and life all happen, but Aza and her spirals are the main attraction here. The world, from Aza's point of view is not clear or easy. Things like first kisses or just being their for a friend becomes catastrophic events, and although she is supported by great friends and family, Aza finds her self moving farther and farther into her own mind.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of John Green's. Looking for Alaska came out about the time I became a librarian, and I've read every book as it was published. Before TFiOS, I was even able to hear him speak and get books signed at a couple of library workshops. That being said, I loved Turtles All the Way Down in a way that I don't feel I can do the book justice. There are been better reviews out there*, and if you are a fan of John Green, you are going to read this.

For those of you just reading John Green for the first time, I hope you find Turtles All the Way Down to be as wonderful as I did.

I'll see you @ the library,

*In a VlogBrothers Video, John shares a couple of his favorite reviews, here they are for you: Slate, Vox, and The New York Times

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