Tears All The Way Down ~ Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Hi Munchworms!

Turtles All the Way DownAs you guys have probably seen everywhere, Turtles All The Way Down by John Green was published earlier this month. Now that’s a book a whole lot of people were looking forward to!
To be honest, I hadn’t read anything by John Green yet, so this was going to be my introduction to his writing. Saying I was curious and – maybe a bit – anxious about it, is only fair. Oh, the pressure of a hyped author sometimes.. 

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.

It’s obvious that characters all need to have their own distinct voices, but I never imagined how hard it can be for a “normal” person to crawl into the skin of someone who isn’t completely “normal”. Now, don’t take this the wrong way; I’m trying to figure out a good way to explain this..
Our MC, Aza, has anxiety and OCD. And, as far as I can tell, it aren’t light forms either. I honestly don’t know a lot about the subject, simply because I’m fortunate enough not to have been in contact with either during my life.
This is exactly why I appreciate both the story, the MC and John’s writing so much. Even though I don’t have any background, I can still imagine being Aza. I literally felt my skin crawl at certain points, imagining what she was imagining. Losing myself in that tightening spiral Aza lost herself in so often.

It was so much easier to talk to him in the dark, looking at the same sky instead of at each other. It felt like we didn’t have bodies, like we were just voices talking.

I was surprised by how easily John Green pulled me into the being of Aza. I hadn’t expected to feel so close to a character I have – let’s just say it – nothing in common with. Both my parents are still alive, I don’t have anxiety nor OCD, I’m perfectly capable of steering my thoughts. All things that define her and were completely unknown to me.
I could feel her every emotion, her doubts, her struggles. Especially her struggles. This was a hard novel to get through, yet in a way it wasn’t. I laughed, I cried, I sometimes even had to catch my breath and take a couple of minutes to process what I just read. At times, I even felt proud of Aza for accomplishing even the smallest things.

Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.


Usually when I’m reading a novel, I write down the quotes that stick with me. Turtles All The Way Down was an exception to that. Why? Because I pretty much found a sentence that spoke to me every other page. Safe to say that I gave up writing them down after a couple of chapters. Maybe I should buy myself a second copy to justify marking those sentences in there?

I’ll definitely reed more of his novels. No doubt about it.

5 / 5

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor veggie burger

And a veggie burger, because. Aza.





I paid full-price for this novel. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not being compensated in any way.
The munches-picture was found on Google; rights of it belong to whoever the owner is.

23 thoughts on “Tears All The Way Down ~ Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

  1. I like the attention that this book is giving to anxiety and OCD. John Green himself deals with both of those, so I feel like the representation is accurate in that it is based on his own experiences. It is reviews like this one that make me want to read this book more and more.

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    1. I think there are people who make lists and such, so look for OWN voices novels on the topic. I know that emmmabooks on YouTube does a lot of mental health book recommendations and OWN voices recommendations on her channel.

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    1. Thank you!!
      Oh whoop! I couldn’t really say if it was realistic or not since I don’t have any real life experiences with it, but reading that you could relate to it on some level definitely makes me like this book even more, haha.
      Whoo, thank you! [I seriously still don’t get how I wasn’t following you already since I kept commenting on your posts.. :’D]


  2. Such a great review, and I love that John Green has been making OCD, anxiety etc more visible issues… I might actually pick up this one, it sounds like he portrayed those things very realistically and thoughtfully. I love that you put such care with the things you can’t relate to personally but still touched you so much, Kathy! It can’t be easy for someone who never experience those things to imagine or understand and I’m so happy to see that writing like this gets people to think and empathize. ❤

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    1. Thank you! I’m loving the same thing. Especially for people who – like me – don’t really have a connection to any of those things, it’s eye-opening to read how it’s like. Reading about it and experiencing it are still completely different things, but at least it’s a pretty good start.

      Thank you!! 🙂

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  3. I’m fairly certain I could connect very well with Aza and find some things in common. I really like how you got all the feels in this one. I read The Fault in the Stars and it was an okay read but I didn’t feel why it was hyped so much and I’ve not yet read any of his other books. I do feel like I should change that when I read your review though, it’s excellent!

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    1. I honestly thought I wouldn’t connect with Aza THAT much but I did; I’d pretty much read all of Green’s novels because of that alone. I read Looking for Alaska after that but it ended up disappointing me a bit. Maybe it’s because his writing has evolved a whole lot ever since, maybe it’s just me. Definitely planning on reading more of his books though!
      I’m getting The Fault in Our Stars as a giveaway prize, haha. Looking forward to reading it since I did love the movie. [Pretty sure it’s one of the few movies of which I haven’t read the book yet.]

      Thank you! Glad I could change your mind a bit, haha. 🙂

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  4. Wonderful review, Cathy!! I’ve had my eye on this book but am kind of waiting for the price to go down… but reading your review, I’ve decided to buy this book! This book seems to be hard-hitting and emotionally provocative which is right up my alley! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts ❤

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    1. Oh, thank you!!

      I’m still ridiculously happy that I got it in a special book box, haha. Probably would’ve waited to buy it as well since it really is on the expensive side compared to other novels..
      Looking forward to hear your thoughts on it once you’ve read it! 😀

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    2. Oh, I see!!! You got it in a special box… jealous! (hehe) But seriously, I now have a great feeling about this book. Hope I enjoy this as much as you did, Kathy!

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