Title: Turtles All The Way Down
Author: John Green
Length: 289 pages
I should start by saying I’m not the biggest John Green fan, whilst I loved ‘The Fault in our Stars’, I haven’t enjoyed the rest. However I know readers love his books, so I was willing to give this one a go.
Sixteen-year-old Aza is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend and a good student. She’s also trying to track down fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, who has vanished without a trace. Alongside her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, Asa sets off in pursuit of the truth – and a $100,000 reward. The trail leads them to Pickett’s son, Davis, a sometime friend of Aza’s who might have the clues they need. But as her compulsive thought spirals take an ever-tighter grip on her mind, Aza finds herself struggling to keep her investigations – and her life – from falling apart.
Firstly the plot, it’s terrible. There’s no other way for me to say it. In the synopsis of this book, it mentions how the main character is trying to track down a fugitive billionaire and I have no idea why. It’s barely mentioned. It’s like author added this storyline as a after thought and it doesn’t work. The conclusion to this story line (the only reason I kept reading) was dull. The plot is predictable, unrealistic and quite frankly boring.
The main character (Aza) is unlikeable. Whilst I do applaud the book for talking about mental health, that’s all this character is reduced. It could’ve been a great opportunity to show that someone can be more than their mental health but the author totally missed the mark. The character wasn’t fleshed out, to be honest when reading it felt like Aza was being used to get the writers opinions across and nothing else. The supporting characters are all cliche and dull.
The writing is so pretentious. It tries to be quirky and charming and totally misses the mark. It feels like John Green was just adding things to the book that ya readers like but it doesn’t work. Also, throughout the novel, other books and writers are mentioned and it’s such a pet peeve of mine, it just reminds me that I could be reading better, well written books. And that’s never been more true than with this book.
Overall I would say don’t read this book. But if you have (or will) comment and let me know what you thought.
Until the next review