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Turtles All the Way Down
Turtles All the Way Down | John Green
The wait is over! John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back. It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
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mobodie
Mehso-so

I liked the story, but sometimes the narration was too much for me. It was just sometimes a little hard to keep her "regular" thoughts and her "crazy" thoughts straight. The plot was good, and I love that we saw character development not only between Aza and the love interest, but also between her and her best friend. Overall, the story was just really well sculpted, and I would definitely recommend.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Could this be the same turtle revisiting me from June 2020? I love turtles 🐢 ❤️ the markings look the same!

Bookwomble It's one of those boomerang turtles; they always come back 🐢😁 1mo
marleed I bet it is! Years ago I convinced my late husband to stop transporting box turtles from Grandma‘s home in SE Missouri to our backyard in NE Kansas by showing him an article that box turtles stayed very close to their place of birth and likely would not thrive in the wild if moved. However, we spotted turtles in ours and neighbor yards in the 10 after he died. We called any turtles we saw Craig! We moved but believe the Craig turtles thrive! 1mo
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Megabooks I think it is!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @marleed that‘s so interesting! Thank you for sharing ❤️ 🐢 1mo
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Jfishtech
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Smashed in one day

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rainflower1427
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Starting a new book, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I'm so excited for this one. 😌📚🐢

I'm on my way to collecting every book John Green has written so far, this will be my 2nd one read. Next I'm starting Will Grayson, Will Grayson, if anyone has heard of that one! So excited!

marleed I‘m working my way through John Green books, as well. Turtles all the way down is one of my favorites. 4mo
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Eggs
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kplovesbooks Omg. This book meant to much to me. ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
Eggs @kplovesbooks ❤️🙏🏻📚 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome book! I lost mine in a #LMPC swap 💔 5mo
Eggs I gave mine away too @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 5mo
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SqueakyChu
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That would be your soul mate!

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SqueakyChu
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I‘ve read books by this author before so I feel pretty sure I‘ll enjoy reading this book. I just bailed on another book that was too disjointed for me. If this is merely a linear story, there should be smooth sailing ahead. 😊

PaperbackPirate I just bought this because of a reference Stephen King made to the title. I hope you like it! 8mo
SqueakyChu @PaperbackPirate I always try to read what Stephen King recommends! 😃 We can now read it at the same time. I hope you like it as well. (edited) 8mo
PaperbackPirate Well he didn‘t recommend it - he talked about the mythology where some say it‘s actually a turtle holding the earth up on its back, which is the source of this title. 🐢🌎 8mo
SqueakyChu @PaperbackPirate That‘s interesting! 8mo
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amontes
Mehso-so

I really liked it. I saw myself in this book a lot so I appreciated that. The mystery part of it I was not a fan of.

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radesilets
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I think for anyone who suffers from spiraling, this may help your friends and family understand what it‘s like to be stuck in you. As someone who has panic attacks, this was real. This was my brain, at war with itself, where logic does not make sense once the spiral has started to churn. Honestly, a fictional masterpiece about mental health. #bookspin hosted by @TheAromaofBooks and second book for #litsysummercampreadathon by @ImperfectCJ

radesilets I want to add: knowing you are in a spiral logically, but still not logically be able to stop it even though you want to is the most frustrating aspect about spirals. And he writes this so well. (edited) 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 9mo
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TravelsWithBooks
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Weekend plans 📚📚📚
#tbr

BookishMarginalia Pretty pic! 10mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Halle Berry

Klou Great choices!! 10mo
Deifio So turtles all the way down is a reference to Discworld right? 10mo
TheSpineView @Deifio I don't know. I choose the book for the way Green handles the main character Aza's anxiety and her compulsive behavior. I saw parallels of her mental illness with the addiction to drugs that Jerry struggled with in the movie. 10mo
Scochrane26 Turtles all the Way Down is a reference to Stephen Hawking, I think. I read another book recently that also referenced it. Something about time. @Deifio (edited) 10mo
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Tera66
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#Curiouscovers #Circles
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Had to dip into my TBR for this one.

Eggs 🌀💙🌀 11mo
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Madelpadel

“Most adults are hollowed out. You watch them try to fill themselves up with booze or money or God or fame or whatever they worship, and it all rots them from the inside until nothing is left but the money or booze or God they thought would save them . . . Adults think they‘re wielding power, but really power is wielding them.”

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Madelpadel

“Your now is not your forever.”

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Madelpadel

“The way people talked about fathers could almost make you glad not to have one.”

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Madelpadel
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“Anybody can look at you. It‘s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

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Sreckess
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I loved John Green‘s podcast “The Anthropocene Reviewed” - it‘s smart, tender, empathetic, and curious. He went on hiatus because of COVID-19 and I have missed him like I miss my friends. I turned to this book and found my fix. YA novels sometime tackle tough topics more deftly than adult fiction, and this is one of those instances. Green gives us a heroine struggling with mental illness that is among the best I have ever read.

CogsOfEncouragement Green‘s book is due out May 18. I also enjoy listening to the Dear Hank and John podcast. 13mo
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paige.yearous
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Mehso-so

Questions about the whereabouts of rich Mr. Davis Pickett still arouse as Aza Holmes and Davis Jr. build a stronger relationship. Aza tries to support Davis as he accepts the fact that his father may never come back, though she finds this hard as her OCD gets in the way of her getting too intimate with him. Meanwhile, Aza‘s besfriend Daisy develops feelings for a certain “man-baby” named Mychal.

paige.yearous If you like books that seem to go on forever, this one‘s for you. 14mo
paige.yearous This book takes place in the first person point of view. We get to see the world through Aza‘s perspective. While reading the book, we often get glimpses into what Aza is thinking on a deeper level instead of just seeing her actions and what she is witnessing. The concerns and worries she has about illness and disease never seem to leave her mind, and play a key role in depicting her OCD. 14mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Paige! If it's not your favourite book there is no shame in choosing another! 6/6 14mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Paige! If it isn't your favourite book there is no shame in changing it for a different one! 6/6 14mo
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DebbieGrillo I listened to this one. #audiobook 1y
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Soul
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I'm very grateful to be with you all here....also my sincere gratitude to all those who welcomed me warm heartedly....so here's something I would like to share with you all....a piece of my work.... please don't mind .... I'm not that good....but I try my best...so it's above....I wrote that after reading #turtles all the way down...it made all my pensive mood rule over me...

DrexEdit Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for the follow. I like your poem, but haven't yet read John Green's turtles yet. 1y
Moonprismpower Welcome to Litsy. I hope you like it here. It‘s a great community. What genres do you read besides ya? I read primarily ya. I‘m currently reading The tagged book. I also read some fiction, urban fantasy and some nonfiction. 1y
sharread Welcome to Litsy. 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Welcome to Litsy! I love your username! 🥰 1y
Soul @DrexEdit ... he's awesome writter.... should read once. 1y
Soul @Moonprismpower ...I too like fiction... 1y
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paige.yearous
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Mehso-so

Aza Homles has OCD. She overthinks, hates germs and struggles to be normal. She starts to leave her comfort zone when Davis Pickett, a local rich man goes missing. Daisy, her best friend, convinces Aza to use her friendship with Mr. Pickett‘s son to find Davis and collect the cash reward for finding him.
If you like books about oddball teens, this is for you.
Mental illness is a recurring motif. It‘s represented in ways like Aza‘s finger wound.

MissYaremcio Nicely done Paige! I haven't read this one but John Green is amazing! I was just missing a little bit more on the significance of the motif in the novel! 5.5/6 1y
paige.yearous @MissYaremcio I was running out of room writing the motif. This motif is significant because it represent the deep rooted OCD Aza must live with. The wound is a cut on her finger she consistently reopens, sanitizes, clears of any bacteria and bandages. It is a clear and good example of OCD and is significant in showing the inner struggles Aza must continue to deal with. Despite Aza‘s world being in a constant state of change, this stays the same. 1y
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Anoukeboek
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Pickpick

Aza lives a difficult life. I've never really heard how people with OCD think, and it makes me feel accepted, although Daisy finds it hard to deal with it. Green's writing style is very interesting. I expected another adventure novel with the search of Davis' father, but this was better. Really loved it!
(🎧 - audiobook)

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rather_be_reading
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Look at how much i was reading in 2017. This is when I started really keeping track and startes setting goals for myself. This is proof you can grow expotentially if you want to. Reading 30 books a year to now 225!

Thousand-Lives That‘s amazing! 1y
tracey38 Wow! 1y
Nute Wow! 1y
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Sargar114
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Pickpick

Most of this book was middle of the road for me. But I really enjoyed how the ending was written, hopeful yet realistic, which bumped it up for me. It also was a good look at living with mental health which I appreciated, while made for an intense read at times. I suppose that‘s life though. Using for a free space on my #bookspinbingo board.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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CaliforniaCay
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🐢I'm not exactly like the main character in the tagged book but I saw a lot of myself in her
🐢I played volleyball all through high school. I don't keep up with sports but I've always loved the summer Olympics and used to be obsessed with Michael Phelps
🐢I'm really grateful for my job and for #litsylove - both keep me busy and sane🙃
🐢Thanks for the tag @eeclayton - I tag anyone who wants to play! #thankfulthursdays @Cosmos_Moon

eeclayton I love the summer Olympics too 😊 2y
Cosmos_Moon I looove the olympics! Track is my fav, but I love swimming, gymnastics... and Winter Olympics, too! 2y
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Sargar114
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I quite enjoy that she so deeply explained love and the importance to not cheapen the feeling...and goes on to explain to have found love with her car. I know that feeling 💛🚗

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira So sensible 💚 and so funny 🚙🙃😆 2y
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 114 I listened to this coming-of-age YA novel that's part-mystery, part-romance. The protagonist, while coping with extreme anxiety, learns to look outside herself. The characters are good, and the ending is refreshingly not exactly what you'd expect. That being said, John Green's writing feels pretentious.

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TJAhearne
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We are about to live the American dream, which is, of course, to benefit from someone else‘s misfortune.

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TJAhearne
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Enjoying the escape from the world during COVID 19. She reminds me of my youngest daughter... anxiety and germaphobe

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Sarah.C
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Genre:
Date Started: March 24, 2020
Date Completed: March 25, 2020
How did you choose this book:
Write a brief summary of the novel; who was the protagonist; what was his/her problem and how was the problem resolved?

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Abookloverstale
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"Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Rupi
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2020 Book#8

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Beccacraft
Pickpick

This book about a teenage girl who struggles with debilitating anxiety, discovers a first love, and solves a mystery is intriguing and fun. I found that I didn‘t want to put it down because I loved it so much, but at the same time, I thought the characters were a little too mature and self-aware for their ages. The mental health awareness aspect was extremely well-described and an important thing for all readers to experience through Aza.

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margretadkins
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Pickpick

This book was amazing. I really enjoyed how real all of the characters felt, and how they all growed by the end. I would definitely recommend reading it because it was a mix of romance and mystery.

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Tracey3
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“One of the challenges with pain—physical or psychic—is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can‘t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language.”

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Tracey3
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I love reading John Green‘s writing. I enjoy the characters he creates. His plots are somewhat predictable andoften become a bit implausible , but not this one. (Maybe, still predictable. ) This book was difficult because the reader is invited into the mind of Aza who is suffering from mental illness. I learned so much from this book and, more than anything, I hope I‘m a Daisy to someone in my life because everyone needs a Daisy.

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ajewel7
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Love visiting local thrift stores!

valeriegeary Great finds# 2y
ajewel7 Thank you! I was quite excited! 2y
rather_be_reading 👏👏 2y
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geener
Pickpick

Whoa. A real inside look at life with mental illness, and the constant battle it requires every day. Lots of typical, beloved, John Green stylized writing. Reference within the novel explaining the title.... that‘s the best!

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onceupona_paper
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The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.

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TamTracy
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Pickpick

This was a quick yet emotional read that highlighted the struggles of mental illness on all aspects of a young persons life. It also celebrates friendships and relationships and demonstrates the profound impact that they can have. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

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BeckyandBooks
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Time for a new audiobook! 🤗

Edit: I made it 35 minutes in and had to bail. The narrator was terrible, she sounded too robotic.

Macker11 Love him 💛 3y
BeckyandBooks I do too, but I could handle the audiobook version of this one. The narrator was too robotic. 3y
Megabooks Now I have Mr. Roboto going through my head! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣🤣 3y
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BeckyandBooks @Megabooks You‘re welcome 😉 3y
Buechersuechtling I‘m sorry for you. But if you allow me: I was very impressed by it, so … Have you thought about trying the physical version, the paper or e-book❓ 2y
BeckyandBooks @Buechersuechtling I have, as I‘ve heard really good things about. I just haven‘t gotten that far...one day 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
Buechersuechtling @BeckyandBooks Yay‼️🙌🏼 You did the right thing – definitely. 🥳 2y
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llawela
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Caveat: I've not read YA fiction in ages.
As everyone is saying, John Green does an amazing job at allowing us to empathize with the MC's obsessive thoughts. How heartbreakingly sad it is.
The mystery was wrapped up quickly and really not that interesting, but I guess the book wasn't about that.
And are all YA teen characters so wonderfully articulate, funny and erudite?
Def recommend a read, and check out John's youtube channel.