ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Turtles All the Way Down 1/2

Updated on February 20, 2019

My thoughts on "Turtles All The Way Down" by John Green

SPOILER ALERT/Background Information

The Young Adult novel "Turtles All The Way Down" is another one of bestselling author John Green's creations. Green is very well known for the novel "The Fault In Our Stars", as it sold 10.7 million copies worldwide. He is also known for many other successful books. However, Turtles All The Way Down sold only about 129,000 copies. In my opinion, I believe that this book should have sold a lot more than that.

This book dives deep into the subject of mental health right off the bat. The main protagonist Aza Holmes is a sixteen year old that has some degree of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and has a difficult time dealing with it, along with the death of her father when she was younger. For example, she is always overly aware about the bacteria in her stomach and is very concerned that she has C Diff, (a bacterium that disrupts the colon) though her therapist is very adamant that it is all in her head. Her anxiety also creates the thought in her head of whether or not she is real in this world.

Aza's best friend Daisy Ramirez is a very optimistic and happy go lucky teenager that has kept Aza from practically going insane. Daisy works at Chucky Cheese and writes 'Star Wars' fan-fiction about Chewbacca's love life.

When Aza lost her father, her mother sent her to a camp to I guess, learn how to grieve when losing a parent. She met a boy there named Davis Pickett Jr. who lost his mother, and is the son of wealthy Davis Pickett Sr. Pickett Sr. was one of the most successful business men in Indianapolis. He owns Pickett Engineering. He mysteriously disappeared one night and left his two children behind. Though the two children were well off financially, the youngest child Noah Pickett wanted his dad back at home.

Davis Pickett Sr. was charged with fraud and embezzlement which is the only known reason on why he vanished. There is a warrant out for his arrest and a reward for anyone who has information on him. A reward of $100,000.

Daisy came up with the idea to find any evidence on the man to get this award. Aza hesitantly agrees to it and they find camera footage of him leaving in the middle of the night. The two girls meet up with Davis Jr. and try to reconnect.

At the end of the day Davis knows why they are there and makes it clear to them that he has no idea where his father is. During this process Aza feels a connection to Davis and at this point, seems like the love interest.

Speaking of love interest, the third person in the friend group between Aza and Daisy is Mychal Turner. Daisy and Mychal wind up dating during the time of meeting up with Davis.

While Aza and Davis were under the stars on the gulf course at the Pickett home, it seemed like they were going to kiss but then they got into a gross conversation about how Aza feels like actual bird shit.

When they got inside the house, Davis went through all the cabinets in the kitchen and gave Aza the reward money that was stashed in cereal boxes. Aza did not want to accept this, but Davis did not want his dad thrown in prison for the sake of his little brother's well being.

My Opinion

Now that the background information is pretty much all down for how far I've gotten in the book, lets get into what I think about it.

I generally really like the book so far, the writing style and plot are very different. The description of the book did portray this as something different though. I honestly thought from the blurbs that it was going to be pretty damn bad. I thought it was going to be about these teenagers unrealistically going through this adventure of trying to find this man and turn him into the authorities. A John Green book usually doesn't entail things like that, so I was genuinely confused. So much so that I wanted to read it.

I am now on page 124 out of 286 and it has been pleasantly surprising. The entire story has been very relatable when it comes to Aza. I personally have very bad anxiety and mild OCD, no where near the kind she has though. I mostly focus on things that aren't positioned correctly or if something is written wrong. It is nice to be able to connect to someone who has issues like that as well. It is a hard read for people who do have these problems, certain things that go on inside of Aza's head are difficult to comprehend and you are lucky if you don't have to put down the book and take a breather because of the anxiety it can cause. I don't mean that in an insulting way, I just think Green did a really great job of depicting it that it almost feels real to the reader.

I do still kind of think that the idea of them trying to obtain the reward as sixteen year old's is just something not many teenagers do. It is something that really doesn't happen. But on the rare occasion it does, this would the most legal way to do it. Get that money honey!

I really think that Davis and Aza would be really good for each other if they do end up dating. They could both help each other through they're hard times and mental illnesses.

I highly recommend this book, I will do a second part to this when I finish it. The story has been a very good read and makes you unable to put the book down.

4 stars for A little under half way through the book, review.

© 2019 Angie M


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)