** Thanks to Penguin Teen for my copy in exchange for an honest review**
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
It’s turtles all the way down..
You’re trying to find the turtle at the bottom of the pile, but that’s not how it works.
This was my first John Green experience and have never heard of a tuatara till now. 😜
To be honest, my feelings for this book fall right in the middle. There were things I liked and disliked, but overall, found it entertaining.
What didn’t work for me:
• The bulk of the book was living inside Aza’s head. Based on the description, I was actually expecting more of a mystery and manhunt for Davis’ missing dad. Instead, his disappearance takes a back seat.
• While the author did a great job of representing mental awareness and what it’s like to get lost in your own spiral of thoughts, I also found it distracting and tiresome at times.
• Aza’s self-harm was disturbing (i.e swallowing hand sanitizer).
• Russell Pickett’s disappearance story ends rather abruptly and felt rushed. It was too coincidental in my opinion.
What I enjoyed:
• When I wasn’t lost in Aza’s thoughts, it was an easy read. The characters were well-written, even though I didn’t really like any of them…except maybe Davis and the billionaire tuatara 😆
• I enjoyed the courtship between Davis and Aza. It wasn’t the eye-rolling insta love. I also thought it was refreshing to see that Davis was a total geek and not your cliched rich kid jock.
• I’m SO glad there was an explanation/reference to the title. I was starting to wonder halfway through the book, what the hell the connection was.
While I was hoping for a different outcome, I liked that it wasn’t your typical happily ever after sort of ending. Something you don’t come across too often.
Have you read this one?
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.