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 is most definitely recognisable as a John Green book, however it portrayed a voice that I would say is a lot more raw than in some of his other books. Green explores the depths of anxiety and how it can really make you your own worst enemy. Aza’s story feels very real. There’s no magic cure that will make everything okay but there is true power in help from those around you and, most of all, yourself. While it felt like not much really developed in the way of plot, I really liked the insight into what living with life-impacting anxiety looks like. This might not be the right book if you’re looking for a story to dive into and get lost in, but I believe it does explore the important reality of being an adolescent struggling with mental health.