Turtles All the Way Down Review
I read this just for John Green since I’ve read all of his works. So far, this has been his most insightful novel; not because of the overall message, nor the plot, nor even the story, but because he manages to discuss, in context, his perceptions on the self, on existence, and on the world. I [liked] Aza’s rather dreadful thinking that her self is based on circumstances instead of choices, because there’s a lot of truth in choices being highly situational. There are also more insightful thoughts thrown here and there, and that’s what I liked best about this book.
The book’s downside, however, is that John Green’s voice is everywhere. Sometimes, when Aza and Daisy or Aza and Davis talk, it feels like one person is talking to himself. This is one thing I’ve noticed from John Green’s writing—his voice overpowers his characters. A lot of them think things throughly and are intellectual and philosophical like him. I’d want to read a unique character’s voice, not John Green’s voice, since I know enough of him.
Other elements, like plot and characters, were not so bad. They weren’t predictable, but a lot of these could have been conceptualized better. Or perhaps not, because then again, YA books should be easy to digest. Which brings me to another point: I think John Green needs to start writing books with other genres. Sci-fi, mythology, or even adult. His insights have a lot of potential, and I can see them being applied not just to the YA genre. But then again, YA is his strength, I guess.