I recently wrote a review of John Green’s Turtles all the Way Down on my friend’s blog, Death of the Author Reviews. You can read my full review of the book by going here, but you can read a quick preview of my thoughts below. Just a quick warning, my full review does contain minor spoilers for the book, so make sure to read Turtles all the Way Down before you read my review.

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You can go ahead and read my full review of the novel that left me feeling numb and strangely psychoanalyzed by one of my favorite authors in a scarily accurate character study of mental illness by going on over to Death of the Author’s Review section. Click here.

Turtles all the Way Down showcases John Green’s talent for capturing the pain of human existence in whole new ways.


The Fault in Our Stars crushes readers by showing how teenagers deal with death and depression. Looking for Alaska encapsulates the experience of falling in love for the first time. Turtles all the Way Down takes an important step forward with its realistic, visceral representation of mental illness and anxiety.

I knew going into Turtles All the Way Down that Green has a way of driving a spear-point into my emotional core. The Fault in Our Stars wrecked me, and Looking for Alaska brought me back to happy days in my youth that led to me finding some of my best friends to this day. I thought Green’s previous books had prepared me for another emotional roller coaster.

But I wasn’t prepared for Turtles All the Way DownTurtles wasn’t an emotional rollercoaster for me. Reading Turtles All the Way Down was like looking in the mirror at my mind.

It’s weird to say that a story told from the point of view of a teenage girl from Indianapolis named Aza could so accurately embody my experience of life as a 27-year old man. However, Green’s depiction of how anxiety feels was so familiar it had me telling a friend, “The main character is me.”



If you haven’t read Turtles all the Way Down yet and would like to support me in the process, you can order a copy using my Amazon Affiliate link by clicking on the Amazon buy button below. I’d really appreciate it, and I think you’ll really enjoy the book. It’s a fascinating fictional look at the real disease crippling many people across the world.

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Thanks and until next time, happy reading!