Read from March 12, 2018 to March 31, 2018.
It’s been a long wait since John Green’s last publication, and I have to say that Turtles All The Way Down is one of his better ones. My favorite book of all time is Looking for Alaska, and The Fault in Our Stars is one of my least favorites. Paper Towns was a decent read. I’d say this one was also a decent read.
One could either hate or love this book. I think the beginning and end of the novel is fast and enjoyable. Those parts I could read happily on a beach for enjoyment. It’s a medium-sized chunk in the middle that I can see most people having trouble with. I didn’t see it as a problem because I think Mr. Green portrayed a mental illness pretty accurately, and I refuse to shame a book due to its accuracy. Yes, the person with the mental illness might not be pleasant to read about sometimes, but that’s not the author’s fault.
I kind of liked reading inside the mind of someone with this illness. It wasn’t the same as reading inside the head of someone who has totally fallen off their rocker. I don’t enjoy those because they tend to be scatterbrained. This story, including the parts which tell a truth that can be hard to read about, is totally chronological and organized. It’s not confusing to follow in the least bit.
Read it to understand a mental illness, if not to read for enjoyment. I’m giving Turtles All The Way Down by John Green a 4/5 stars. My rating system is the following:
- My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”
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