John Green is arguably one of the most popular modern young adult authors. All of Green’s novels have the same basic plot line where a boy and a girl meet, fall in love, are torn apart by tragedy,which leaves to one of them in heartbreak and, in the end, don’t end up together. His newest novel, Turtles All the Way Down, is no exception.
Regardless, Green still made the story unique, and the book is hard to put down.
The plot follows the life of 16-year-old Aza Holmes, who struggles with severe anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Her best friend, Daisy, convinces her that they should investigate a current mystery in their hometown: Russell Pickett’s disappearance. Daisy remembers that Davis and Aza know each other from a grieving camp they attended in middle school and knows that is the perfect opportunity to get closer to the $100,000 reward for finding Russell. As a result of Daisy’s peer pressure, Aza reluctantly resumes her friendship with Russell’s son Davis Pickett.
The novel has several parallels to Paper Towns, Green’s 2008 novel. While his novels may seem similar, his strong pacing and interesting angles keep the plot smooth and moving forward. As far as diction goes, Green describes Aza’s feelings of anxiety that are often invasive and spiral to convey her thoughts.
Turtles All the Way Down was released on October 17, 2017, and Green has already signed over the movie rights to Fox 2000.
Overall, Turtles All the Way Down is an influential story because Green draws attention to anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as raising awareness on how the loss of a parent can affect childhood. The novel pulls in loyal Green fans, who embrace its repetitive plot. For readers who haven’t read a John Green novel yet, Turtles All the Way Down should be at the top of their list.