“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
Number of Pages: 288.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Turtles All The Way Down is about a girl who goes on a quest to find a local missing billionaire. In the process, she reconnects with the billionaire’s son, whom she met at camp years ago. It is a story of friendship, family, and how crippling thoughts and fears can be. For a complete summary, you can go here.
What I love about this book is its ability to capture how anxiety and compulsive thoughts feel. I know it is hard for people without those disorders to understand, but I hope that this book gives them even the teeniest idea of what its like. Personally, I have put a lot of time and effort into subduing my spiraling thoughts. I am in a good place now, but there was a time where I could barely eat for six months because my irrational fears and anxieties took over, and I couldn’t explain what was happening to anyone. It’s a scary and lonely place to be, so I understood where Aza was.
As for the actual story, there wasn’t as much happening as I would expect from a John Green novel. All of his past novels have included a lot of adventure. This book started to have a little romance and mystery, but neither fully played out. Aza and her thoughts were the primary focus. That’s not a horrible thing, since it is realistic of people with anxiety. But it is hard to read a story with not a lot happening. I think if the book was 50-100 pages longer I would have been more content.
I just was also kind of irked by the dialogue. No sixteen-year-old talks like a ninety-year-old professor. Actually, some of the things they said were too formal and deep for any person to say in a normal conversation.
I really did love this book. It grabbed me and I couldn’t do anything else until I finished it. I think Aza is an important character and I think a lot of people can find solace in finding a character that relates to their thinking patterns. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.”