Turtles All the Way Down

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket, 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 Picket’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.

This book felt very familiar.  It wasn’t relatable in every way, but the similarities were there.  That, and maybe it also felt familiar because John Green is amazing and it’s about time he wrote another book.  Anyway, it was nice to read something more realistic for a change.  Yes, it’s fiction, but Green’s books always seem to be about ordinary people in ordinary situations.

Not completely ordinary situations of course, but he grounds the stories with information about things like school and other things that ordinary people – like his readers – have to deal with as well.  He also approached mental illness in a way that will make it easier for people to understand what mental illness can manifest as.  It was really eye-opening.  Because, at the end of the day, we’re all just people.  Mental illness doesn’t necessarily define someone.

And of course, there’s always a bit of humor where the reader least expects it.


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