Turtles All the Way Down

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Thought-provoking exploration of mental illness, first love.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 43 reviews

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age 12+

Absolutely Incredible.

This might well be one of my favorite books. John Green's writing is stunning, beautiful, and perfectly descriptive. For the age rating, if you've read John Green's other books, you will know that the books are filled with profanity, drinking, and in most cases, sex. (Um, Looking for Alaska, anyone?) I would say that this is the most mild book he ever wrote. There's minimal swearing, no drinking, and filled with positive role models and messages. Aza is the main character, and she has OCD. When a fugitive billionaire named Russell Pickett disappears, Aza and her best friend Daisy set out to solve the case. 5/5 stars, for sure.

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age 12+

Thanks for the Turtle Treasure

I should preface this by saying my son is a reluctant reader - and was assigned this book for school. Thank you would not be a sufficient sentiment for his teachers. He read it cover to cover in one afternoon. So of course I had to see what captured him so. The first chapter blew me away. It was entertaining, witty, and relevant. Our kids are not sheltered in the way we imagine so just get past an occasional expletive - this is their world and they are struggling to figure it out - books like this, with characters who aren’t perfect, or “popular” and tackle relationships with parents and friends - they need more of this. Stop thinking about “the classics” that were from your childhood… these characters have cell phones and love fan fiction - our kids can see themselves in this story. They will read it more than once. It also shines a light on OCD and anxiety disorders which can be a bridge to conversations they are eager to have.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Book Details

  • Author: John Green
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship, Science and Nature
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Publication date: October 10, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 23, 2018

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