Today I am going to present a review for such a book that is very precious to me. It was hard to write this as it felt very personal. I honestly planned to cancel it. But, then somehow I found the motivation for it.
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♠“Thoughts Are Just A Different Kind Of Bacteria, Colonizing You”♠
‘Turtles All The Way Down’ is a 286 paged novel belonging to the ‘Young Adult Fiction’ genre, written by author ‘John Green’. It was published in 2017.
‘John Green’ is an American writer and YouTube content creator. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, ‘Looking for Alaska’ (which you guys should read as well).
He is a ‘#1 International Bestseller’, ‘#1 New York Times Bestseller’ and he’s one of Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People In The World’.
≡ SUMMARY ≡
♠“If You Can Make Something Real, If You Can See It And Smell It And
Touch It, Then You can Kill It”♠
‘Aza’ is a 16-years old teen, who because of her eager friend ‘Daisy’, somehow ends up pursuing the mystery of billionaire ‘Russell Pickett’. ‘Aza’ is trying hard to become a good friend, daughter and a student while also trying to break free from her ‘mind cage’ as John puts it ‘ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts’.
The book contains a reunion, friendship, some Star Wars fan-fiction and the highly significant issue of ‘struggling with ‘mental illness’.
I simply love the author’s style of writing. It’s not complicated and less difficult words are used but it has great depth. It’s no wonder that I have been able to read all his books smoothly that have left me waiting for more.
♠”The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually
ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”♠
≡ MY THOUGHTS ≡
- I have read almost all books by John Green. ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ , ‘Looking For Alaska’, ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘ An Abundance Of Katherines’. He’s so far among my favorite authors list.
- As a person with mental illness herself, I thank the author for writing this particular masterpiece. John Green, himself suffers from OCD and Anxiety. It’s his own first-hand experience that has been explicitly portrayed.
- I cannot exactly explain the feelings I have for this book. While reading it, I couldn’t properly focus on the side story which is about ‘Aza’ and ‘Davis’ because the main issue kept me highly involved , so much so that the rest is a blur.
- It is probably the first book, in which I have underlined so many quotes, well besides text books lol.
Some quotes from the book are extremely relatable and hit me hard:
♠‘Sometimes I Wondered Why She Liked Me, or At Least Tolerated Me.
Why Any of Them Did. Even I Found Myself Annoying’♠
And how true is this…
♠“It’s Quite Rare To Find Someone Who Sees The Same World You See”♠
≡ MY STRUGGLE ≡
I did have a hard time with it in the beginning as it is too accurate (well actually it’s a tiny bit because of my disorders). I actually started it three times but then just couldn’t continue. Then one summer, I powered through and then I read it like a person possessed.
I don’t recommend it when you are in a bad place mentally. I literally had small panic attacks. But, to all my fellow sick people, have a go at it when you are doing well especially when you can’t find anyone who seems to understand your language.
♠”….even though I laughed with them, it felt like I was watching the
whole thing from somewhere else, like I was watching a movie about
my life instead of living it.”♠
≡ CONCLUSION ≡
♠“You’re The Narrator, The Protagonist, and The SideKick.
You’re The StoryTeller and The Story Told.
You’re somebody’s Something.
But You Are Also Yours You”♠
In 2019 (when I read it), I didn’t find a book, I found a friend who understood me 100%.
Even if you don’t have mental illness, read it to understand your friends and family who are suffering and a part of your ignored self.
I give it 9.5/10 score. I highly prescribe it like a medicine.
Feel free to recommend similar books.
I Offer My Gratitude for Making It So Far :D!!
P.S. I didn’t throw the book in the mud, I would never do that :O. It was on the wall so that I can take a good photograph and it just fell.