Turtles All the Way Down

John Green

fiction young adult
reflective slow-paced

288 pages | first published 2017

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

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Moods

emotional 82%
reflective 54%
sad 36%
hopeful 30%
funny 24%
mysterious 23%
inspiring 21%
adventurous 17%
dark 16%
informative 15%
challenging 12%
tense 11%
lighthearted 8%
relaxing 2%

Pace

medium 62%
slow 25%
fast 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 12% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 29% | No: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 51% | Yes: 34% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 2%

Average rating

3.95