Turtles All the Way Down ~ A Novel by John Green
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The writer of the following opinion is an 18-year-old teenager with a vivid sense of unrealistic realism and a knack for human psychology. Extreme care is given to the fact that no spoilers are given ahead 😇 hope you would like the following opinion.
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Set again in Indianapolis, supposedly 139th best city of the United States, Teenage crush ❤️ true love or mere attraction. one just couldn’t pinpoint on one of them, I guess that is what makes John Green an amazing writer🥳, the tone of sadness and retro is quite evident throughout the book but certain teenage elements keep the situation a little breezy keeping you hooked for sure. The attention to detail is commendable! 👏
So, who is Aza?🤔
Turtles All the Way Down is based on a sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, who is dealing with battles like Obsessive-compulsive disorder 🤔, one of the most widely known issues, but do we actually know what’s going on inside their head, the novel answers this question in a very lucid manner, without any elaboration or over the top foreign ideas, just pure and simple thoughts, to be honest, being a teenager I could relate to a lot of them, and believe me, I’m not suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or am I? 🤫
I guess that’s the answer we will never know, jokes apart😅, isn’t uncertainty the most amazing part of being a teenager, of course not when you are on the receiving end of it.
Wandering world of Aza Holmes or Holmes-y!🌝
Some other problems that Aza faces almost daily are anxiety issues due to obsessive compulsive disorder, teenage 🤐 and the thoughts that keep her socially distanced from the world and maybe post-traumatic stress disorder from the loss of her fathers, at a very young age.
Now, she lives alone with her mother✨ on the left side of the white river 🛶, and just like another Green’s mother character, Aza’s mothers too is beautifully written💙, carefully crafted and extremely loving. She has, as her best friend Daisy, a happy go lucky girl with larger than life fantasies about Star Wars 💫 and Star Trek, extreme optimism and unreal dreams, her presence in the book, lightens the environment and sometimes even let us wondering how ignorant, and occupied we can sometimes be without thinking, that we might end up hurting someone close to us, just like Aza does to Daisy 😲
for once, the stark contrast in their characters lead me to think that whether it was written this way to create a comparison between the two characters or there was something deeper going on. 🤔
On the other hand, we have Davis Pickett and his young brother, the recently orphaned billionaire brothers, who are going to face some really tough decisions that may be life-changing ones, no one knows what is going to happen. 🤞
But one thing for sure, their part in this book debates in the favour of the idea that money cannot buy happiness while the Aza and Daisy’s character debates against the notion, 😒well that’s a topic for some other day. One can not stop but feel sorry for the younger of the Pickett’s brother.
Only if happiness can be bought!
The void he has been left with after his father’s sudden absence, his deafening silence and complete dismissal of the world is quite hurtful. 😞
🐢 Turtles all the way down:)
Another subject of this novel was Aza’s crazy thought 🤪 saying that she might be a fictional character, and how she, later on, goes further to prove that her thoughts, doubts and uncertainty in them is what makes her feel more like a person then some mere mode of colonising microorganisms (one of the vicious cycles that makes her feel encircled).
Her thought and ever-changing band-aids represented a form of a ‘turning and turning in the tightening gyre’🤥 which is eventually going to suffocating her one day!
Her thinking about the singularity of I and plurality in herself was quite unconventional but surely some food for the thought. 🙄
The Biased Green😅
If I’m being totally honest, I can’t say If John Green is the one biased here or I’m wearing ‘the fault in our stars’ filmed glasses but the comparison can be made between different characters of the two books, there always seems to be some similarity and just like my personal favourite multiple Infinity analogy of the fault in our stars , this book has got a different turtle down one which is quite amazing too. 😃
Hazel and Aza 🙂
Both Aza and Hazel share a great number of common traits one such trait being the extremely vivid worlds in their head, the personification of non-living elements such as Phillip, extremely extroverted Best Friends, a caring family and the most important of all the unending desire of being with their significant other. 😮
Things left unsaid!
As one can expect, if a book is being compared to the fault in our stars the love is bound to be an unfulfilled one😭 and the ending was happy-sad leaving me with nothing but tears of emotional satisfaction about the ending.🥺
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Jatin TripathiWriter at Inclined Scorpio
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
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