Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Thoughts, when you control them, you have won at life. But when thoughts control your life, you are not living, you are being manipulated to believe that this is your life.

Many of us have faced anxiety, OCD and mental health issues. So many of us continue to battle it, everyday, every minute and so many times, unfortunately for our loved ones, we are unable to articulate what anxiety feels likes.

John Green's latest, 'Turtles All The Way Down', just like his widely acclaimed 'The Fault In Our Stars' deals with mental health and its related issues, especially in the lives of teenagers and young adults.

The story centers around 16 year old Aza Holmes, a high school student whose life is inflicted with anxiety, OCD's and thoughts which not only control her actions, but also take her life spiralling out of control. Her best friend, Daisy, is an extrovert and a completely opposite personality type, which, on many occasions lands the two of them in bizzare situations. One such adventure leads the two best friends into the house and life of a long lost childhood friend, Davis. Davis is a billionaire's son with a missing father.

Green has put down in words, what goes on in the minds of young adults who face various issues and why they do what they do.
The writing is simple, modern and very relatable. There are moments of dark humour and there are moments of deep introspection.

My take on this one: I am 90% sure there will be a movie in the near future. This one is ideal for those who have, for long tried to understand anxiety, for those suffering from it and want someone to know what it feels like. If you have teens in your life right now, this book would be an ideal gift to tell them that help is always available, and that life always goes on...and you always fall in love with yourself...


  1. I have yet to read this author - silly me - but there just aren't enough hours in the day!

  2. I've seen this book all over the place. I've been wondering about it. It looks good.

  3. I haven't read anything by John Green but have been hearing about this book since it came out. I might pick it up and see just for myself if it's any good :) Great job on your review, though!

  4. I have read a couple John Greens before and I am not a fan. I am side eyeing the hype for this book though. They make me want to give him another shot.

  5. I'm afraid to read John Green as I'm afraid he's going to tear me apart. But this book sounds like it'll still be emotional but I won't feel too overemotional that I just can't deal with life.

  6. I've liked the one John Green book that I've read, but I haven't been sure about this one.

  7. Oo I have been wanting to read this for sometime but for some reason everytime I see the book cover I just don't feel like reading it.

    I have read some of his works before, and I think it might be a tad bit over hyped, don't get me wrong, it was good, but not as good as most people say. And after reading your review, I am now debating over reading this book or just wait for the movie

  8. I've heard so much about this book, and it does look and sound so interesting. I'll admit that I haven't actually read anything by this author, nor seen the film 'The Fault in our Stars' either.


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