The reason I love John Green is simply because of the way he treats his characters. All his stories are about teenagers and their lives. He treats them very respectfully as adults and doesn’t make things over-the-top to make them sound dumb. His characters have depth and they start growing on you as you turn each page. At times, his words are so deep that they force you to close the book, think about what you had just read, try to absorb it and then move on while constantly pondering on it.
‘Turtles All The Way Down’ was no different. I must say initially I was a little underwhelmed, however, as I progressed into the story, I couldn’t put the book down. I found Aza, an especially relatable character with her struggles with anxiety. I must say that she’s obviously extremely intelligent, however, she’s also very quiet at the same time and is constantly thinking about something or the other. The other characters, Daisy, Davis etc. also leave an impression on you. The book talks about human psychology a lot and leaves a lasting impression on you. It is layered and some of the metaphors used in the book made me say WOW! Towards the end, this book invokes a lot of emotions in you and that’s what is the brilliance of Green’s writing.
John Green has definitely evolved as a writer with this one. I must say that to read ‘Turtles All The Way Down’, you have to be a little patient. I must also highlight that there’d be people who would hate this book as well because at times, they may find it too intellectual, but I guess, that’s what makes John Green’s books what they are. I recommend this one.