Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525591054
Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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May 17, 2019

~*~"Let yourself go. Pull out from the depths those thoughts that you do not understand and spread them out in the sunlight and know the meaning of them." ~*~ -- E.M. Forster

There were 495 people waiting for ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ I borrowed from my KCLS. I had a difficult time enjoying this book. I found the characters confused, sad and pretentious (quoting obscure poetry and Shakespeare), far more so than what I know to be a 'typical' 16 year old.

‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is about loss and mental illness while trying to tell a story of a missing criminal billionaire obsessed with a tuatara lizard over his own children. The inside cover blurb absolutely does not convey that at all and totally misses the mark (or misleads) with its tease about the teens trying to find him.

There is, as always, beauty in the words of author John Green. Two profound lines that I believe define ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ stood out:

~*~"I couldn't make myself happy, but I could make people around me miserable.‘ ~*~

~*~"Every loss is unprecedented. You can't ever know someone else's hurt, not really - just like touching someone else's body isn't the same as having someone else's body”. ~*~

4 stars B-, as there is no discernable humor as there was in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, just the (sometimes wry) sadness and confusion.

AnnabelleLee27 Apr 06, 2019

A heady and cerebral novel which portrays the impact of anxiety and unwanted thought cycles in a compassionate and straightforward manner. It also examines friendship, loss, economic class, and romance while exploring a mysterious disappearance. The narrator on the audio book does a great job speeding up her speech to match the pace of anxious thoughts the character struggles with while also distinguishing between different characters.

Feb 11, 2019

Enjoyable, but I've already forgotten what is was about...

JCLMandaW Jan 03, 2019

This was the best description of my anxiety I’ve ever read.

Apr 25, 2018

I loved this book. Expertly read for you on the audio version. Realistic about mental illness.


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