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


Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Personal Experiences

Those of you who are frequent visitors probably know that I am a huge John Green fan. I love his books and how he connects you to the reader. Not many realistic fiction book do that these days. Green’s books are the kind of books that sound real, look real, and it’s only when you look up from the book that you realize that the world is not real. He is seriously that talented.

Turtles All the Way Down is one of my favorites of 2017. Maybe even my favorite. I love how Green has created characters not many readers can relate to, and made us relate to her in the most intriguing ways. I have no experience whatsoever dealing with or being a person so obsessed with bacteria that she gets anxiety attacks over them. But Green made me relate to her. TAtWD gave me insight onto people’s lives that I knew existed, but had never felt any connection to. It gave my a new way to see the world, a world 2 months later I am still thinking about.


“We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe even more intimate than eye contact anyway. I mean, anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” 

“Your now is not your forever.” 

“…no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again.” 

“You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.” 

“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.”

“The problem with happy endings is that they’re either not really happy, or not really endings, you know? In real life, some things get better and some things get worse. And then eventually you die.” 

“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.” 

“The worst part of being truly alone is you think about all the times you wished that everyone would just leave you be. Then they do, and you are left being, and you turn out to be terrible company.” 

To Reading Turtles All the Way Down

Indie Bound*

It’s too early for a PDF or a Read Online, I will update this with a link as soon as one pops up.

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Turtles All the Way Down by John Green," in {sereneharoon.com}, December 6, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/12/turtles-all-the-way-down-by-john-green/.

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