“Turtles All the Way Down” is a young adult novel written by American author John Green. Published in 2017, the novel explores themes of mental health, friendship, and self-discovery. The title of the book is a reference to the philosophical concept of infinite regress, where a belief or explanation can be traced back endlessly.
The story follows the protagonist, Aza Holmes, a 16-year-old girl who struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Aza becomes entangled in a mystery when a local billionaire goes missing, and she teams up with her best friend Daisy to search for clues and claim the reward for information. Along the way, Aza’s internal struggles and her attempts to manage her OCD are central to the narrative.
John Green’s writing is known for its emotional depth, relatable characters, and exploration of complex themes. In “Turtles All the Way Down,” he provides an intimate and authentic portrayal of mental illness, capturing the challenges and experiences faced by individuals dealing with mental health issues.
The novel delves into Aza’s relationships with her friends and family, as well as her feelings of anxiety and her efforts to navigate the world around her. The mystery plotline serves as a backdrop to Aza’s personal journey of self-acceptance and understanding.
“Turtles All the Way Down” received praise for its realistic depiction of mental health and its exploration of how individuals cope with their inner struggles. The book resonated with readers, particularly young adults, who found solace and validation in its portrayal of mental illness and its emphasis on empathy and connection.