Turtles All the Way Down ★★☆☆☆

1.5 stars

This is officially the last John Green book I am ever going to read. I just think he isn’t for me and this book really made that clear to me. I hate giving books low ratings but I just didn’t like this book and there are more than a few reasons why.

*If you love John Green then this review probably isn’t for you.*

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My review:

The main character was a bore and I ended up skipping most of her inner dialog with herself. I understand that she is dealing with a mental illness and that she has no control over the thoughts that she had but gosh I just didn’t like her. I loved her best friend though. Now she was someone I could see myself becoming friends with.

This book would have been at least a 2.5 or 3 star book if it had stuck to the premise of a teenage girl working through her mental illness. But no. John Green decided that there was going to be a mystery about a missing billionaire as well? I saw no reason for it and I didn’t care about any of it at all. I opened this book expecting something that would show a young teen learning how to deal with her illness but instead, I got a book about a bad teenage romance and a mystery. Bleh.

Nothing happens in this book. It has zero depth to it. There is no real plot and half the time these two teenagers are engaging in unrealistic philosophical conversations. It was a bore and that’s coming from someone who loves space and constellations. I was so sick of hearing about the universe and how everything needed to be a metaphor. It was boringgggggg. Also can we talk about how the entire book just feels like a spew of words? There are no details about anything!

Some will say that I’m being unforgiving to a book that I cannot personally relate to and I think that’s bs. As someone with a mental illness, this book didn’t resonate with me but if it did for other people than great! I’m happy for you! Just don’t complain and tell me that I was unable to grasp how truly hard it is to live with a voice inside your head constantly critiquing you. I only included this because I did have a person irl tell me that I wasn’t understanding the bigger meaning behind the book and I did. I got it. I just didn’t like anything about the book.

All the negative points aside, I did read this book relatively fast and did enjoy certain parts of it. There were parts where I really felt like I was getting into the story and then Green would go back to spewing philisophical bs at me. The good didn’t make up for the other parts of the book that I just couldn’t stand to read. I just really wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone because I almost DNF’ed it but I was really hoping that there would be some sort of saving grace.

 

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