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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green |Book Review

35504431Synopsis: 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.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. (Goodreads)

Pages: 290

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Published:October 10th 2017

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Review:

This book was brilliant. I related to it on so many levels. Aza, spoke to me because I could see mine own battle with anxiety happen through her eyes.

Turtles all the way down, was very good. It wasn’t my favorite book that John Green has ever written because “The Fault In Our Stars” does holds that special place. I did enjoy it a lot because I was able to connect with it.

Our main character Aza has an anxiety disorder, which I identified with as well. There were so many instances in this novel that I felt that I had reacted to a situation in my life, in a similar way as Aza has. The one problematic area that I couldn’t connect with was when Aza, was prescribed medication for her anxiety right way without the doctor trying to find alternative ways to deal with anxiety.

I loved the relationship and friendship that this story developed. I think that it did show the honest truth and difficulty of what it looks like to date someone with anxiety. I can identify with the feelings that Aza, had when she was conflicted with two sides of herself and wanted to be closer to Davis but, at the same time she pulled away from him, and began to overthink every little bit.

I thought that Daisy, Aza’s best friend was written as a typical high schooler who wanted her best friend to just be able to have fun. I can see how she could be a problematic character in the sense that she was not always supportive of Aza, but I can see where her character struggled to understand what is going on with her best friend and although wanted to continue to be friends, but had to take some time to change her thoughts and  behavior in order to do so.

Overall, I thought that this was a beautifully written novel. I enjoyed that this novel also revolved around a mystery of what happened to the billionaire Russel Picket. The storyline was never flat, as it revolved around the constant suspense element while introducing the struggles of a character dealing with anxiety.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning about mental illness, and anxiety. There were also so many beautiful quotes in this book that I couldn’t help but flag every single one of them in my copy so I can go back and reread them in the future.

(Also, please know that if you are battling with anxiety or mental illness, you are not alone. If you need additional support please contact SAMHSA treatment referral helpline: 1-877-SAMHSA7. Or reach out to a school counselor or parent.)

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just A Few More Chapters,

Rina

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Read-a-thon Extravaganza

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 The_Fault_in_Our_StarsIsis and Scatty had a read- a-thon going on from May 1st to May 7th. I found out about it on April 30th, and I was excited to read my life away. However, my life said “No, Marina you can not just spend your days reading books.” I was completely unprepared for the busy week that I have found myself in. I didn’t make any goals for the read-a- thon because I knew that I would not have a lot of time to read. Through out the week, I actually forgot that I challenged myself to participate in a read-a-thon. So, without any goals and without any page counts, my progress stands at that I finished “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins, which left off on a book hang over. I wanted and needed the next book in the series, as I mentioned in a previous posted I hit up my friendly kindle store searching for the last book in the trilogy and was completely disappointed to find out that it doesn’t come out until August 2014. But, do not fear, as most book lovers and bloggers I found myself staring at an enormous to be read pile sitting on my shelf and an equal pile that has accumulated on my kindle. I ended up picking up “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, which I have heard a lot about and wanted to read for quiet some time. Currently, I am bout 48 pages into “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I am absolutely in love with the characters and the world building that John Green provides for the reader. I can not wait for the movie to come out and be able to relive the story again.