Book Review : Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I am not a great fan of the book but must say that i fell in love with a character of the book that made all the difference for me. Turtles all the way down basically deals with complex mental issues but not in its severity. The book deals with the mental illness and the toll it takes on its host in a very light manner so it is safe in my opinion who might feel the topic to be a trigger. Basically for me the book only worked because of the character of Daisy, who is the best friend of the main protagonist and in all manners an awesome sidekick

Turtles all the way downTurtles All the Way Down Official Synopsis

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.

Turtles All the Way Down RWAT Take

The book suffers from inner monologue syndrome. This is also a characteristic of the central character of the book who struggles with the spiralling thought process that takes her to the edge of serious mental health troubles. In portraying this trait of the character, the book just keeps on becoming pages after pages of inner monologues and ramblings and taking the readers for a spiral run. After a certain point it was exhausting for me to plainly standby and listening to the inner dilemma and impromptu poetries and with zero plot movement.

The book just keeps on stretching the monologues so much that you kind of feel confused as to what to do with all these thought process. Meanwhile the plot core element that somewhere gave you the hope of making the book a bit more exciting or something to look forward to, kind of blurs and vanishes out. I am kind of confused as to how to categorise the book.

The book to me was pages after pages of inner conversations and battle of the central character and in actual sense had zero plot to it. But then again if you look at it as a brief highlighter towards mental health issues then yes the book does justify in highlighting the depth of mental turmoils and the toll it takes on the people around the hosts and to the person as well.

Conclusion

I couldn’t enjoy the book much because perhaps i was looking for something else in the book. The book was all about internal battles so for me it ended up being just chatters that never reached anywhere except for swirling and going in circles. The book may not be for everyone and will appeal to specific set of audiences.

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