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Book Review: Young Adult

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 |

Turtles All the Way Down by John Greene


Young Adult

This is an original story. I really loved The Fault in Our Stars and cried my guts out with that book. I also didn’t feel like I was reading YA when I read that. With this novel, I was definitely aware the whole time that this was YA. I know a lot of adults who like YA to be reminded of what it’s like to fall in love for the first time, etc. I think being a teenager has to be pretty different these days because of social media. I’m very happy I got through high school and college before Facebook and Twitter existed.

The awkwardness of being a teenager does seem to be timeless, however, especially when, like Aza, you battle obsessive compulsive disorder. It was strange seeing the world from that point of view—getting so freaked out by a little kissing and the germs shared that swallowing hand sanitizer seems to be a sensible notion.

Aza is a likeable character despite her mental obsession. She cares about her friends the best she can. The mystery of missing billionaire is compelling and sad for the two sons he abandoned.

Maybe I read reviews that raved a little too much about this book and heightened my expectations. I liked it but didn’t love it.

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