Turtles All the Way Down review

Sheila Mwanda, Staff Writer

From the author of The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines comes yet another bestseller, Turtles All the Way Down.

The novel, released last year by John Green, follows high schooler Aza as she makes her way through high school and various other issues. After the father of her billionaire neighbor and childhood friend disappears, she reconnects with his son Davis in hopes to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. As she helps to solve this mystery, Aza is also forced to fight the battles of her mental illness and the challenges that it comes with.

I would give Turtles All the Way Down 4.5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed that John Green goes into detail with  Aza’s internal and external conflicts, making her character more developed and allowing the reader to identify with her more as a person and not just a character. On a more serious note, this book discusses mental illness and how it affects how people interact with not only themselves but with the world and people around them. By including this in his latest novel, Green is able to convey what it is like to have a mental illness.

If you enjoyed the previous John Green novels, are a fan of Sarah Dessen or Gayle Forman, this book is worth the read!