Turtles All The Way Down by John Green w/ Bookies Book Club Review

Ahhh John Green… you are one of those authors that can do no wrong.  When I hear you have a book coming out my spidey senses tingle and I eagerly await the release date to see what brilliance you are going to add to my life as well as how the tears will this time form in my eyes.  ~Sheila


16-year-old Aza is constantly in a battle with her own mind… germs, ways to die, diseases occupy her thoughts beyond her control.  She is trying so hard to be like everyone else but if they only knew.

When her friend Davis’s billionaire dad disappears and there is a hundred thousand dollar reward on the line, Aza’s best friend Daisy is eager to get involved solve what happened and claim that reward.  Imagine what they could do with that kind of money!  Aza wants to be a part of it all despite all that goes on within her, and doesn’t it just feel good to be of something?

A long time ago I was told that when someone reads John Green, their first John Green will be their favorite.  I will never know if that is true as my first John Green was The Fault In The Stars and yup – that was my favorite.  I have since read all of his books and still feel while they are good, nothing has come close to The Fault In The Stars.


I still hold to that after reading Turtles All The Way Down.  The book is good, it is a John Green after all which is like owning something classy and name brand, like “OOOH… is that a John Green?”    Yet my thoughts, as well as my book club who recently read it, is there is no big WOW.  Much happens, and perhaps this one is sadder in its own way as a John Green book goes – and plenty to think about – yet left none of us with a big WHOA.

Should you read it?  Yes.  If you have liked John Green in the past, or even if you are new to John Green – yes.  It is after all a John Green… it is deep, it is about young adults, and it hold its worth, for me however it landed as an average read.

In Bookies fashion of course we had food for our review… there were plenty of Turtle candies, a mock turtle soup, and extras.  One of the girls even made turtle bars… gooey caramel and chocolate… need I say more?

18 thoughts on “Turtles All The Way Down by John Green w/ Bookies Book Club Review

  1. I’m quite looking forward to reading this although the reviews all seem to agree with yours. I actually prefer Looking for Alaska to The Fault in Our Stars even though I read that first.

  2. I’ve been on the fence about this one, probably because my first (and only John Green so far) was The Fault in Our Stars. I have Paper Towns reclining on Pippa, my Kindle, but who knows when I’ll get to it?

    Thanks for the review…and I love your book club! I want to join…but there might be a slight problem, in that you are way across the country! LOL

  3. Have wondered about this one….I loved FIOS so much, and was part of a national HuffPost read on it. I’ve never see the film, and probably never will.

    But, after this, I’m headed to see if the library has it

  4. aw, I wish this wowed you more because I am allowing myself to buy one book a month and chose this one. It will be here tomorrow, so too late to change my mind.

  5. I kind of felt the same way. Aza’s thoughts got to me after a while and I kept wondering why no one was helping her. Did you see Green’s video where he talks about his struggles with OCD?

  6. Your book club sounds fantastic, Sheila! It sounds like you and your club mates enjoyed this book, but not as much as FIOS (I saw the movie only).

  7. That’s an interesting tidbit about one’s first John Green book. My teenager likes his work; I have her on the hold list for this book. I have yet to read him. I’ll add him to my 2018 list.

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