Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

Turtles All the Way Down

by

Turtles All the Way Down Reviews | Toppsta

Book Rating: 5 based on 13
13 Reviews
Write a Review


John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars is back, with a book hailed by the Guardian as 'a new modern classic'.

'It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.' 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. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars , shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. First edition includes an exclusive jacket poster featuring some of John's most brilliant and memorable quotes.

Turtles All the Way Down Reviews | Toppsta

9780241335437

Share on

Featured Book
Book pages Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day
Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

Misfit witch Willow Moss holds the fate of the magical world of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands . . . A spellbinding new fantasy series for ages 8+

View book
Featured Book
Book pages Malamander
Malamander

Our reviewers LOVED this magical mystery set in Eerie-on-Sea, recommended for ages 8+

View book

Sign up to our newsletter for...

Free Book Giveaways, Recommendations & more

16th October '18
I read it to Josh aged 10 aged 10
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
I can see why this book has been described as ‘brilliant’! Now that I have finished it, I feel that I want to read it again!! 

The book covers so many themes from mental health issues, the loss of a parent to teenagers just trying to find out who they are.  This book would be really good for secondary school students studying English. There is so much to be analysed and talked about while still being a great read.

I would say this book is for over 12s but at the same time there are many emotional issues dealt with in this story that there is an element of maturity needed as well.  I would highly recommend this book.
24th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
Never have I ever loved a book so much. Turtles all the way down is full of imaginative and thought-provoking ideas, that are explored beautifully throughout the book. Aza is a truly wonderfully raw character, who we as readers understand and sympathize with from start to end. Throughout, Aza's thoughts leave us questioning our own perspectives on life, and her obscure opinions gave me such an epiphany you could say. I feel like I have undergone some grand life lesson, and feel like I myself have developed so much as a person after reading this. Turtles all the way down discusses a lot of mature issues, from mental health issues, friendship, traumatic car incidences, love, and the origins of the universe. Reading Davis's speeches about the night sky, and the different planets, it made me feel so small, and insignificant compared to the rest of the universe. Selflessness, loyalty, friendship, and love, all key ingredients that makeup Aza's personality. I found some truth in how she said we are not ourselves, and that we are in fact made up of circumstance. This is perhaps one of the best pieces of subtext that I have ever read, and I wish I thought this way sooner. Like I said, I feel like I have become a new person in a way, and I want everyone to read this book and understand this as well, because such raw, and random ideas, are ones that can help mould the human race into a better version of itself. I would like to thank John Green for gifting us with such an inspiring book, and I hope many more are to come. 
25th June '18
Lydib read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
I read this with an adult as i felt it was a little old for me. I did really enjoy the story though. Its one of those books that you just have to keep reading, i became really involved with the characters and like that it highlighted mental health issues. I would recommend this to everyone.
25th June '18
Lydib read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
I read this with an adult as i felt it was a little old for me. I did really enjoy the story though. Its one of those books that you just have to keep reading, i became really involved with the characters and like that it highlighted mental health issues. I would recommend this to everyone.
6th November '18
Dolphins read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
This book was recommended by my dad who has also read it which shows what a wide audience it appeals to. My younger sister has anxiety and the topical covered helped me understand not only her but myself a little more. This book challenges you but ultimately is a fantastic read!
16th January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
A book for young adults, this is another amazing story from John Green ('A Fault in the Stars').  As with other books by this author, I could not put it down. This is the story of Aza, a girl who suffers greatly from anxiety, her best friend Daisy and an old acquaintance, Davis.  Aza and Davis are from very different backgrounds - she lives an ordinary life with her mother, while Davis is the son of a billionaire.  Having met at a summer camp and briefly enjoyed a friendship, they are reunited as teenagers when Davis' father disappears, leaving a certain amount of financial scandal behind him. A reward is offered for information about his whereabouts, and Daisy decides that her and Aza should investigate.  

The story brings Aza and Davis back together again, and the story is a coming of age tale, detailing the trials of friendship and the spiralling anxiety that Aza is enveloped in.  There is mystery and romance and drama - as ever John Green writes about a male and female protagonists who are witty and smart, eloquently detailing their lives.

A clever, engaging read, highly recommended.
12th June '18
Alannajade read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
I was looking forward to reading this book as I love the Author and the fault in our stars is one of my favourite books. I wasn’t disappointed and couldn’t put the book down. The main character Aza and her best friend are very relatable and the book raises a lot of complex social and psychological issues teenagers face today. 
13th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
5 stars
Turtles all the way down, is an amazing and thought provoking read. As someone who has suffered greatly from an anxiety disorder I felt that the author, John Green, absolutely nailed it.  

This is a fantastic YA and crossover book that will have great appeal to both teens and adults. 
23rd June '18
Immy read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
4 stars
Turtles all the way down is a great book. It is a thrilling mystery involving a missing billionaire which kept me guessing. This book is written amazingly from the point of view of Aza, a girl who suffers from extreme anxiety. However, what puts this book above other mysteries is how much more there is to the story; Aza’s life, her mum, her friend Daisy and her struggle with her mind.
I also think it is great that it is about mental health, because John Green has portrayed it so realistically that it has helped me understand what those suffering from it have to go through.
The reason I picked up this book is because I read and really enjoyed one of John Green’s other books, ‘The Fault in our Stars.’ This book is different but is written with just as much power and I would totally recommend both of them.
8th June '18
izzywhizz read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
4 stars
Toppsta sent me this book to read and review. John Green is one of my favorite authors, because of The Fault In Our Stars. I've since been given John Green books as presents and had them taken off me because they were unsuitable. I was very happy when Toppsta sent me the book, because I thought it was okay, seeming as they sent it for me to read, (they know my age and what I like) 
I wasn't surprised when the swear words started to appear, I still kept reading though, because under all the swearing, there was a really good story. 
Aza is the main character in Turtles All The Way Down. She has bad anxiety, and struggles in life. Also there is her best friend Daisy and her old friend Davis. Daisy is the opposite of Aza, bright, bubbly, talkative and she sometimes finds it difficult to be friends with Aza. Davis is Aza's  old friend from a summer camp years ago. In their teen years, they become friends again, because of Davis's father.. Davis is also completely different from Aza. He's the son of a billionaire, and when his father disappears, things go down hill fast for him. A reward has been offered for the person who can give any help or information about Davis's father. The reward is more than anyone could imagine, so Daisy gets Aza to investigate. During her investigation, things happen that Aza, and Daisy could only have imagined. 
There is Drama, romance, a bit of a mystery in this book, and if you can look past the swear words, it's a really good story!
8th June '18
izzywhizz read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
4 stars
Toppsta sent me this book to read and review. John Green is one of my favorite authors, because of The Fault In Our Stars. I've since been given John Green books as presents and had them taken off me because they were unsuitable. I was very happy when Toppsta sent me the book, because I thought it was okay, seeming as they sent it for me to read, (they know my age and what I like) 
I wasn't surprised when the swear words started to appear, I still kept reading though, because under all the swearing, there was a really good story. 
Aza is the main character in Turtles All The Way Down. She has bad anxiety, and struggles in life. Also there is her best friend Daisy and her old friend Davis. Daisy is the opposite of Aza, bright, bubbly, talkative and she sometimes finds it difficult to be friends with Aza. Davis is Aza's  old friend from a summer camp years ago. In their teen years, they become friends again, because of Davis's father.. Davis is also completely different from Aza. He's the son of a billionaire, and when his father disappears, things go down hill fast for him. A reward has been offered for the person who can give any help or information about Davis's father. The reward is more than anyone could imagine, so Daisy gets Aza to investigate. During her investigation, things happen that Aza, and Daisy could only have imagined. 
There is Drama, romance, a bit of a mystery in this book, and if you can look past the swear words, it's a really good story!
11th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
4 stars
I read this as an adult to check it’s suitablity for my 10 year old. It is slightly older in age and includes swear words so I’m going to save it. I enjoyed the story generally
15th July '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Turtles All the Way Down 9780241335437
3 stars
16 year old Aza Holmes doesn't have it easy. Her dad is dead, and she misses him terribly. She is also wracked with debilitating anxiety and OCD, and struggles to see a future for herself.

Following the disappearance of local billionaire Russell Pickett, Aza's best friend Daisy (who writes really popular Chewie/Rey Star Wars fanfic) convinces Aza to reacquaint herself with Pickett's son Davis to help them investigate the disappearance and bag themselves the $100000 reward. This mystery element of the story is not really a driving narrative force - other than as a way for Aza and Davis to come together - and plays in the background for most of the novel. The main thrust of the story is Aza and her relationships - with her mother, Daisy, Davis, her psychiatrist, and most of all with herself.

I quite liked the book - the characters were mostly likeable, although Aza was occasionally a difficult person to be inside the head of. Like Daisy, I found her exhausting to spend too much time with. While this is perhaps a credit to the believability of the writing, it didn't always make for a pleasant read. That said, there are important themes and ideas in this book around mental health, which could be helpful both for people struggling with it themselves and for the people in their lives.
Image already added
Show More (0)
ajax loader
Featured Book
Book pages Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day
Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

Misfit witch Willow Moss holds the fate of the magical world of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands . . . A spellbinding new fantasy series for ages 8+

View book
Featured Book
Book pages Malamander
Malamander

Our reviewers LOVED this magical mystery set in Eerie-on-Sea, recommended for ages 8+

View book

About John Green

Written by staff in the British Museum across many different departments...

More about John Green

Ratings

  • (8 Reviews)
  • (4 Reviews)
  • (1 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)