Book Review - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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How was your week last week? Get a chance to check in with that teen/young adult in your life yet? After our young adults helped heir cousins put in the dock at our family cabin last weekend, we went up as a family this weekend to check on needed repairs and do some additional clean up. We had beautiful weather and it was a great opportunity to spend some time together as a family.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month started in 1949 by Mental Health America. (MHA). Their purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public on the realities of living with these conditions and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.


This month I'll be focusing my posts on Mental Health issues, not only to raise awareness, but to provide resources to learn more about it and find help if you need it. While one in five people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.


To kick off our theme of Mental Health Awareness this month, I chose to review a novel about a teen who suffers from anxiety.


Selma’s Book Review


Book Title

Turtles All the Way Down


Author

John Green


Type of Book

Young Adult Novel


Author Background

John Green is an American writer who has published twenty-six novels primarily in the young adult genre. Turtles All the Way Down is his fifth solo novel and his first attempt to write a book about the type of mental illness he has had all his life.


Summary of the book

Turtles All the Way Down is a story about sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety. Her and her best friend, Daisy Ramirez, start searching for a missing billionaire, tempted by $100,000 reward to be split between the two of them. The billionaire happens to be Aza's friend's dad. As her and Daisy are looking for him, the anxiety that Aza suffers from shows itself in many ways.


Reaction to the book

I really liked the book because the story and character development made it very engaging and I believe relatable for young adults. The adventure Aza and Daisy go on together made for a fun story, but I also liked following the adventure that Aza is on with her anxiety. It showed how anxiety can affect a teenager who is just trying to do the things a normal teenager would do.


I would definitely recommend this book to any teen or young adult reader, or an adult looking for a look at a teenage journey with anxiety.


Link to the author

If you want to learn more about the author, here is a link to his website John Green

Link to the book

If you want to purchase a copy of Turtles All the Way Down,, here is a link to Penguin Random House Turtles All the Way Down. Or you can pick it up from one of your local bookstores or shop Bookshop.org and have the purchase credited to them.


Want to check out another good young adult novel by John Green? I previously posted a review for Looking for Alaska. It is John Green's first novel based on his time at Indian Springs School.


Launching My New Website

I am looking forward to launching my new website this month. Be sure to keep an eye out for a fresh look with the new logo. Here is a preview.



Have a great week!