John Green’s Whirlpool of Emotions

Review of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green and published by Dutton Books

Brooklinn Branson, Staff Writer

John Green’s novel “Turtles All The Way Down”, published on Oct. 10,  2017, centers around a teenager by the name of Aza who struggles with her mental health throughout the entire novel. The novel’s plot is not a heavy one, unlike the novel’s theme. Throughout the book, you follow Aza as she investigates the mysterious disappearance of her childhood friend’s father with her best friend Daisy. Along the way you watch Aza suffer through her mental illness as she tries to overcome it while also seeing her slowly bond with her childhood friend Davis. 

This novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they relate to Aza’s deepest thoughts and root for Aza as she fights against herself. The novel’s plotline of Aza uncovering a mystery is not what ultimately keep readers interested, when it comes to the end of the book the readers ultimately could not care less about whether she finds Davis’ father, they were on the edge of their seats waiting to see if she would regain enough self control to keep fighting against her dark thoughts and waiting to see if she could find a sense of happiness and peace. 

John Green’s excellent writing brings Aza’s heartbreaking story into a reality of its own and allows the reader to be there with Aza through the good and bad, hoping that the conclusion  of the story won’t end in tragedy as his other novels such as “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Paper Towns” do.

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