I finally got back on my reading grind and what better way to start than by reading a book by one of my favorite Authors. It literally took me two days to finish Turtles All The Way Down while also watching the Kardashians cause hello, they’re amazing. But honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve sat down and just read or even felt motivated to read and it was so refreshing. I realized that while I was reading I was actually enjoying life and felt so calm and stress-free. Turtles was definitely a great first book for the new year and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it!
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My Thoughts On Turtles
Basic Book Intro
So Turtles All The Way Down follows the life of Aza as shes dealing with mental health and trying to uncover the mystery of the disappearance of Russell Pickett alongside her best friend Daisy. Russell just so happens to be extremely rich and the father to one of her childhood friends, Davis. BOOM. I just explained the entire book in two sentences. Yes, I’m proud.
Prior to reading
Just like any other book, movie, or whatever the case may be, I didn’t really know what to expect. I obviously love John Green so I knew that I was in for a deep, thought-provoking, gut-wrenching book.
The first book I ever read by John Green was The Fault In Our Stars and clearly I fell DEEPLY IN LOVE! Like guys, when I tell you, I am obsessed, I am literally undoubtedly OBSESSED. And it was like every book after that was magical to me. I literally can re-read every single one of his books cover-to-cover multiple times in a year and still feel like I’m reading it for the first time. Literally every book, I manage to tear up and cry a little. So you already know I had my tissues ready!!!
I say literally too much *insert cry laugh emoji*
In the process
While reading the first couple of chapters I kinda felt like the main characters Aza and Daisy were sorts of like middle school girls. They’re obviously in high school but for some reason, I couldn’t shake off that feeling. Like you know when you talk to someone and you can’t shake off that feeling that they’re childish and immature? That’s exactly how I felt.
But after the first couple of chapters, I started to form an affinity for the girls. I felt close to Aza because we’re all a variation of her. We all have thoughts that constantly eat at us and ruin our days. Our thoughts might not be as extreme as hers but we definitely do have them. And she is a prime example of the quote:
“Your thoughts create your feelings. Your feelings create your actions. And your actions create your results.”
And in terms of Daisy, I feel like we’re all a form of her as well. She’s definitely a ride or die girl and would do anything for her friends. She’s a little boy crazy but I mean if Shawn Mendes went to my school I would be boy crazy too.
Now, Davis Pickett? GIRL, I FELL IN LOVE!!! He’s just like every other love interest in a YA book but OMG am I swooning! He was so sweet and patient and understanding and I’m still wondering why he’s not in my life. I feel like if this was a Netflix movie his role would be played by Noah Centineo cause I literally kept picturing him in To All The Boys. (Also, can we just talk about the fact that Jordan Fisher is going to be in the sequel? I CRY!)
Completing the book
Sadly, I didn’t cry (yes, I’m mad I didn’t cry). It was honestly such a light and airy book. You definitely get to see the evolution of the characters. But I feel like Turtles is one of those books that’s predictable but you’re still swinging your hand in the air when it comes to those surprising moments. I absolutely LOVED IT and want all of you guys to read it! I kept finding myself reacting in real-time. There were so many funny moments or moments where my heart would sink in sadness for Aza.
And there was one time where omg I swear I’m Aza. She was having a conversation with her psychiatrist which I literally have with my best friend all the time. So like I’m one of those people where I see a symptom, look it up, and instantly start to wonder whether I have a certain condition. And I honestly BELIEVE IT. And since my best friend is a nursing major I obviously go to her for everything. And this is literally our conversation:
Me: I have so and so
Her: You do not have so and so
Me: But I-
Her: Do you experience this?
Her: Do you experience that?
Her: Then you don’t have so and so.
And that’s exactly what happened in the book. I’m literally still laughing at that because it’s so accurate.
One of my goals this year is to read 30 books in total and guess what I GOT THE FIRST ONE DONE!!! I’m seriously so happy that I have finished a book and I’m so excited for my next one. My friend and I have like this book club we do together so our next book is Whiplash by Catherine Coulter. But until I release my thoughts on that book you can purchase your copy of Turtles All The Way Down here! Also, I have other reviews out as well! You can check those out here.
Until next time,
Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray