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Turtles all the way down – John Green

For a while, I was a bit upset that I didn’t finish one of the books I had started reading, mind you, reading as frequent as I used to. But today, I feel accomplished.

Two months ago, I added Turtles all the way down, among my to-read books on Goodreads, and I was actually able to finish reading it in 5 days. Not only because it was only 288 pages, but it was SO DAMN GOOD! From beginning to end, I was hooked with the story plot, the main characters, and the feeling of missing reading young-adult novels, there is something about such novels, a “click!“, it’s what you feel, or don’t, as a matter of fact, with a person when you first meet.

Aza Holmes, main character, is suffering from anxiety and OCD, from as long as she remembers. Although her mother and best friend know of this, but they are unaware of the small details of her suffer, the voices and unwelcomed thoughts inside her head. She is constantly enveloped by the overwhelming fear of getting unwanted bacteria, C. diff, sick, and eventually dying. She has been seeing a psychiatrist, who prescripted medication but, of course, Aza wasn’t taking them on a regular basis because the thought of “taking medication to feel yourself is wrong” was consuming her.

Reading the inner conversation, between Aza, … and Aza, (was the voices the former or the latter? it doesn’t matter really. Or does it?) was very interesting. She brought up deep questions, such as; are we in control of our thoughts? if yes, does this make us real? if not, they are controlling us, therefore, this makes our body as not ours. Are we made up of many I’s or one? It also had me thinking, do we remember our past as it actually happened or is our past a made up story? Will leave the answer to this question to you. You can share your answer in a comment.

The Story

The story goes like this; Aza and Daisy, best friends since their childhood, found themselves in front of a mystery of billionaire Russell Pickett’s disappearance waiting to be unfold. Aza happens to be old friend with Russell Pickett’s son, Davis, although they haven’t seen much of themselves since many years. Daisy is eager to solve the mystery for a chance to win the reward of 100 thousands dollars for those who find fugitive Pickett or reports any valuable information. Aza, on the other hand, in hopes to be reconnected with Davis and because she believes that she makes a good detective. And their investigation journey begins.

This story as simple as it sounds, is also complicated. There are many parts when you connect with one of the characters, I myself was relating to Aza herself, with her anxiety and OCD, her random yet make-sense kind of thoughts. This is a story about friendship, love, family, losing someone, and understanding yourself.

What I Loved About The Story?

What I loved most about this story, is that most of the time Aza and Davis spent time together was beneath the stars, dressing the blue-night sky. Davis got to explain and elaborate a lot about stars, planets, how big and old the universe is and how small and young we are. Along with the fact this novel’s main hero is female Aza, who brought a lot of questions to my attention.

One more thing, I am really not fond of reading most famous and best-selling books, but I choose the second best-selling book by the same author. This one, Turtles all the way down, with it’s orange huge letters on the front cover and title got me more than the other one.

I highly encourage reading it, and when you do, let me know what you think of it.

My rate: 4.0/5.0

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Raghad Muaz

My name is Raghad, Ray for short, and this is my personal space to review (RAYview) books I've read. Have fun!


n.b.z. · February 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm

Somehow, I randomly stumbled upon your review but you make it sound so interesting. Definitely going to give this book a try now :p

His Divine Beauty · February 20, 2018 at 9:08 am

I’ve heard about this book twice in one week. Might be next for me.

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