Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

By John Green

  • Release Date: 2017-10-10
  • Genre: Coming of Age
Score: 4.5
From 883 Ratings



“So surprising and moving and true that I became completely unstrung.” – The New York Times

Named a best book of the year by: The New York Times, NPR, TIMEWall Street JournalBoston Globe, Entertainment WeeklySouthern LivingPublishers Weekly, BookPage, A.V. Club, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and many more!

JOHN GREEN, the acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, returns with a story of shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Aza Holmes never intended to pursue the disappearance 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 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.


  • This book...

    By Ian, But Make it Real
    As a person whom has experienced the never ending spiral talked about in this novel, I have thoroughly related to, and empathized with, its characters. John Green’s masterful writing in Turtles All the Way Down has helped me find myself in ways I didn’t think possible. This book is inspirational even for those not dealing with mental illness, because we are all human beings. Filled with bittersweet love, friendship, humor, and trauma, this book has it all. You know how in The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel has An Imperial Affliction; a book, to which she believes was written with her in mind? Well, this book is my AIA. I wish I could give this book an infinite amount of stars because that’s how good it is. If John Green ever finds himself scrolling through this comment (hi, by the way.) thank you from the bottom of my being.
  • Ok so...

    By camila4904
    I’m very undecided about this book. One hand, I like the vague, mystery type narration but at the same I kind of hated how impersonal it felt. Overall, I liked it but it’s not like in my top 10 favorite books
  • Eh.

    By romance reader :)
    John green is too overrated 😒
  • 10 years too late

    By Entiendomasquehablo
    Ok so I wish this book existed when I was younger. It’s depiction of obsessive thoughts would have been helpful to me. The character development of aza and daisy is the books strength. But the general plot? Left a lot to be desired.
  • If you read only one book this year, let it be this one.

    By Erica D. H.
    This book makes you feel the gut wrenching darkness that can overtake people who find themselves in a spiral of the unknown self. I found myself hanging onto the words with an immense yearning to get out of the spiral Aza found herself in. But there is also hope to be found in the pages of this book. It is a mix of beautifully written words, heartbreaking emotions, and an unbelievable connectedness to characters that experience things you yourself may never fully understand. If you read only one book this year, let it be this one. And fully immerse yourself in it. You won’t regret it.
  • Only 6 chapters in

    By MusicThatMovesMeRocks
    And the story is so real and tangible and I feel like characters were written for me.
  • loved it

    By niamh21
    absolutely amazing. really resonates with me
  • Beautifully written, unendingly compelling

    By KT Rust
    Such a moving, remarkable story. Draws you in to Aza and her story and her struggles in such an honest and unflinching and difficult way but that also makes you never want it to end. The single most accurate and heart-wrenching portrayal of living with OCD that I’ve ever read. Will forever be grateful to John Green for putting words to all these emotions and experiences I’ve struggled to verbalize throughout my life. Recommend it so highly to absolutely everyone. Thank you
  • As good as always

    By hello, darling
    I was just as captivated by this one as I was with all of his others. He finds a way to write about hard things in a way that doesn’t take away from them and still makes them relatable.
  • Nice

    By Haileyech