Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Like most John Green fans, I have been eagerly awaiting his latest novel.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  It was as amazing as his other books, but also one of the most difficult I have read in quite a while.  The main character, Asa, is delightful in many ways:  creative, brilliant, brave.  But she is suffering so  from her mental illness that it makes for very tough reading.  John Green does the almost impossible, by making Asa a compelling and mostly sympathetic character, and yet it is so hard to be in her mind and in her skin as we read about her many compulsions.  Perhaps heartbroken is the word that best describes my emotional state as the novel unfolded.

But, surprisingly, there are such funny moments, and such compelling dialogue that I couldn’t put the book down.  The teens are realistic, honest, brave, and very endearing.  Not only is it a beautiful story of friendship and understanding, it is also a fascinating mystery story filled with twists and turns.

I look forward to deep conversations with the teens and older adults that are reading the book.  Highly recommended!


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