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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Synopsis:  

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

Review: 

Hmmmmmm where to begin? I know that I am in the minority here but this just did not work for me at all. In any way. I would have enjoyed it much more if Green had just stuck with Aza's anxiety issues and made it more of an in-depth look in to mental health..... throwing in the missing billionaire and trying to give the book an air of mystery was random and unnecessary. I found the plot to be disjointed, the characters flat and I was completely disconnected from them throughout the entire reading experience. I will say there are some beautiful and profound passages found throughout the book, so much so that several times I stopped myself, re-read and made notes. But these few hidden gems weren't enough to save the book and I feel like this is another example of a novel that is incredibly over hyped.  2 stars. 

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