Turtles all the way down by John Green – Book review – Pumpkins and Planners #AD

Book of the month:

‘Turtles all the way down’ by John Green*

Month:  October 2017

Bookshelf featuring some of my favourite titles


My rating – 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢 (5 out of 5!)

Let’s be honest, I have been a huge fan of John Green writing ever since I first picked up a copy of The fault in our stars way back…  Since then I’ve gone on to read several more of his books, each bettering the last!   Naturally then, When my good friend (@sakaradee) sent me a message in ‘all caps’ saying John Green was releasing a new book, I was completely overcome with excitement!

I had my doubts about this book in the beginning I have to admit. I was concerned it wouldn’t be up to the standard of JG’s previous books.  However, all these thoughts were swiftly dismissed by the time I had reached chapter two!  I ended up reading the book in 3 days – It did not disappoint!


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“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

A brief summary of the book itself:

The main protagonist of this story is a Sixteen-year-old girl named Aza.  Aza is a young lady suffering from OCD.   Principally, the story is about the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a ‘hundred-thousand’ other things going on in this book, including a lot of detail of how Aza’s OCD is taking over aspects of her life and how she tries to deal with the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.  (*boom* like that, the cover makes sense!)

quotes from the book

Why should you read this book over any other?

Firstly, because it’s thought provoking and enlightening.  Even if you yourself don’t have mental health issues, chances are you know someone who does.  As with anything that affects peoples lives,  its important that you educate yourself on it as much as possible.  This book really emphasises and explains the process of ‘high and lows’ which those suffering with OCD experience daily.   The lovely thing about JG’s books, is that he’s able to talk about the heaviest and most expansive of topics with ease. The books is split between character interactions,  plot twists,  story,  memories, and many other parts of the characters backstory which make it easy to take in and absorb.

“And we’re such language-based creatures that to some extent we cannot know what we cannot name. And so we assume it isn’t real. We refer to it with catch-all terms, like crazy or chronic pain, terms that both ostracise and minimise. The term chronic pain captures nothing of the grinding, constant, ceaseless, inescapable hurt. And the term crazy arrives at us with none of the terror and worry you live with.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Secondly,  It is a fun book!  Although they’re are elements of this book which are meant to be more deep.   This story features genuinely funny and clever uses of literacy.  It is not all doom and gloom as I’m sure some books covering the subjects of mental illness and missing persons would be.   It is an enjoyable read and the perfect reason to get under a blanket with a cup of tea on a Saturday night!  #bookandchill

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Thirdly, the characters are realistic!   The characters in this book are all relatable with strengths and weaknesses.  This is a nice change I think,  as many Young adult fictions feature rather ‘superhuman’ type young individuals who save the world and get home in time for dinner, the fact is that isn’t a realistic portrayal of most teens I know.   Aza and her friends aren’t like that.  Her best friend works at a fast food restaurant, they go to school,  Aza’s mum is a school teacher, its all perfectly concievabe stuff!   That makes the setting more believable and the plot more striking.


I personally believe that in bookstores there should be a dedicated section labelled ‘John Green’… His fiction is a genre in itself!   The only way to describe his writing is self-help/romance with a hint of mystery and growing up relate-ability!   I understand why a genre hasn’t been created though, thats a bit of a mouthful!


So after reading this review – Do you think you will read the book?  Answer in this poll below!


If you’d like to purchase this book you can do so at most major book stores, including Waterstones and WHsmith.   Alternatively you can also purchase the E-book available from the Google Play store or the Apple iTunes iBooks store.   The hardback edition normally costs around £14.99 in the UK.


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*This post is sponsored by Penguin Random House publishers.  I was sent this book as a gift from them to feature in a blog post.  All opinions are my own and do not represent Penguin publishers.  I’d like to send a huge thank you to Penguin Publishers for sending me this book!