‘Turtles All the Way Down’ Review

John Green possesses a way with words that makes me contemplate life every time I read one of his works. In ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ it was “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities” in ‘Looking for Alaska’ it was “How long is an instant?” (a quote which actually inspired a story I plan to write). In ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ it was “No one ever says goodbye unless they want to see you again.”

Usually, when I read John Green books, I fall in love with the story but cringe the entire time I read it because I cannot stand his writing style. Yet, in ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ I did not cringe. I really enjoyed Green’s writing style for this one. I am sure if it is the same as his previous books and I have just matured or if he is writing differently now that he has finally returned.

I loved the protagonist’s name: Aza. Named because her parents wanted to give her the whole alphabet, wanted to give her all of the possibilities it had to offer. If that’s not romantic I don’t know what is.

I found Aza to be incredibly relatable, and I don’t know if that is something that I should be wary of (read the story to know why). The way her mind works reminds me of how my mind works. I think that’s why I enjoy writing. When I write, I create a physical proof of my thoughts, I get them out of my head and free up storage. Though my thoughts are not as severe as Aza’s I can relate to feeling trapped in one’s own mind.

Daisy, Aza’s best friend, gives a good sense of reality, even though she pretty much lives in her fan fiction. Her and Aza get into a fight at one point throughout the novel, and it was a reality check to me–the reader, not just Aza. That’s something rare in a book, at least how I see it.

The ending was justified, which is something I think that John Green is good about doing. He never creates a far-fetched ending. The ending was practical and realistic and made sense for all of the characters involved, which is something I enjoyed.

This book. I really don’t know how to explain it. But it reached me. Now, as I’m writing this review, the plot and the words are spiraling in my mind. I can only think of the book. How it will stay with me.

Final rating: 5/5

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green Review

Let me first say that I have a love-hate relationship with John Green because of his writing style, which I don’t really like. What I love, though, is how easily one can fall into his books and become part of them.  I thought that I should put that out there to try to ward off any bias while I write this review.

An Abundance of Kathrines is a book that I had been, for lack of a better word, nervous to read because one of my friends read it and said that she didn’t really like it. I’m glad that Amazon had it on sale for five dollars, or else I never would have bought it and read it and realized that I really really liked it.

Though it starts out kind of slow, and it is rather confusing until you get used to the way that Colin and Hassan speak to each other, once the ball gets rolling An Abundance of Katherines is easily an amazing book.  Filled with heartbreak (duh, it’s a John Green book), yearning for adventure and knowing, An Abundance of Katherines pulls at heartstrings in search of the answer for why relationships end the way that they do and why people end up where they are, doing what they’re doing.

With everything from spontaneous road trips, lynchpins that started the First World War to wild boars and pink pickup trucks, An Abundance of Katherines will spark curiosity, if not a yearning to finish the book in three days (like I did).

There really isn’t much that reminds me of this novel because it’s so unique. This could be a bad thing, because Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is usually compared to the Titanic. Or this could be a good thing, because there is nothing out there like it, which means that An Abundance of Kathrines is really, truly its own creation. I would recommend reading it, though. I really liked it, and its unique writing style, even more unique than any other John Green book.