Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down

Hallie Chen, Editor In Chief

After five years of silence, the author of best-selling novels, including The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, is back, but it’s not much to get excited about. John Green’s new young adult drama tells the story of sixteen-year old Aza, who suffers from chronic anxiety disorder. Her entire life, she’s been focused on keeping herself out of the spotlight, opening up to only her best friend and mother. But when the billionaire father of her childhood best friend disappears and Aza decides to go for the prize bounty of $100,000, she is forced to step out of her comfort zone. Promising a story filled with depth, deceit and danger, the result of his hiatus has been stirring up excitement in the literary community since its release. But for every reason Turtles All the Way Down excels in theory, it lacks in execution. Obnoxious main characters, cliché romances, and the slowest plotline since, well, The Fault in Our Stars, bog down what could have been an insightful, coming-of-age novel.