Since the release of John Green’s latest novel “Turtles All The Way Down” in October of 2017, readers around the world have been raving about the novel. The book starts out with a high school girl by the name of Aza, and throughout the novel, we learn about her everyday struggles.
The main character, Aza, struggles to maintain relationships with her lifelong friends while trying to mend an old childhood friendship with Davis Pickett, the son of a fugitive billionaire. While going through the motions of trying to figure out her own life, filled with study dates with her best friend Daisy, Aza eventually pursues the mystery of Davis’s father’s disappearance without telling Davis.
After finding out that there is a $100,000 reward for information about the location of Russell Pickett, Daisy and Aza decide that it can’t hurt to look for clues. All that Aza is trying to do is be a good student, friend, and daughter while traveling down the never-ending spiral of her mind.
Many of Green’s works are seen as influential to young readers, and they often show what it can really be like to live as a young adult. He’s taken us through the lives of private school students that lose a best friend, and two teenagers in love battling for their lives against cancer, getting revenge on your enemies overnight, and even the summer vacation of two best friends trying to find answers about themselves before they head off to college. After dating 19 girls named Katherine, Colin Singleton really did need to find out why he was constantly getting dumped by Katherines.
Overall, I would rate Green’s novel a 9 out of 10 stars. It explores the mind of a teen struggling with anxiety and balancing a social life with her peers while living up to her nickname, Holmsey, and trying to solve the mystery of the missing billionaire.