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Off My Bookshelf: “Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


I checked this book out from my local library as an audiobook. Even though I’m almost fifty years old, I enjoy YA fiction and have read several of John Green’s other novels. When the The Fault in Our Stars came to the local theatre, I went with my daughter and cried through the entire movie. I have a soft spot for Green because he is a fellow Hoosier, and enjoyed all the Indy references in this novel. It was a fun, quick listen. Sometimes that’s a nice break from literary fiction or thought-provoking nonfiction.

I have to admit though, that the practical adult in me stumbled over the one hundred thousand dollar gift part of the story line. I kept waiting for the FBI to swoop down on the main characters, but they never did. Oh to be a teen and think one can get away with mysteriously gaining a boatload of cash and expecting no one to even question it. I remember dreaming about what I would do with a million dollars or if a rich prince fell in love with me.Adulthood sticks at times.

Even so, I still would recommend this novel because of its dealing with mental illness. I think it could be helpful for those suffering and for the friends of those suffering. There are a lot of heavy subjects in “Turtles All the Way Down,” themes our society needs to talk about more.

“Anyone can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

-Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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