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Turtles All the Way Down (Hardcover)

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I was afraid to read this as I thought it would disappoint. It does not. The main character, Aza and her best friend Daisy, a writer of Star Wars fan fiction, suffer through high school, first loves, and homework in Indianapolis. However, Aza also suffers from spiraling thoughts that take over her life. She has an OCD condition that is being treated in a straightforward and insightful manner as this moving tale unfolds.The characters feel real, the situations are challenging, and Mr. Green's writing about teen life propels the reader forward faster than he or she might wish. After finishing the tale with tears in my eyes, perhaps what touched me even more was Mr. Green's matter of fact acknowledgement in the endnotes that mental illness affects his own life, providing resources and solace that those who suffer are not alone.

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"Wrenching and revelatory." An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel.

"A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control." - People

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.

About the Author

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse. You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780525555360
ISBN-10: 0525555366
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English