John Green Strikes Again: How His New Novel Hits You In The Feels

John Green Strikes Again: How His New Novel Hits You In The Feels

A "Turtles All the Way Down" book review by a college student who experiences at least five existential crises a day!
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The day after I finished my last exam and came home for three weeks, I picked up "Turtles All the Way Down" by John Green. Needless to say, my expectations were extremely high. It's been around five years since "The Fault in Our Stars, which was an extremely popular YA novel that spread like wildfire through the social ladder and the NYT Bestseller lists. When I found out about "Turtles All the Way Down," I wanted to read up on it as much as I could because I was so unbelievably excited. But then I thought, why not go in blind? Why not just go in with minimal expectations? So, that's what I did. And I am so glad I decided to.

Let me first tell you: John Green did not disappoint.

The story is told in first-person by 16-year-old Aza Holmes, also referred to as Holmsey by her best friend Daisy. They don't live in the best part of Indianapolis, but Aza's old friend Davis Pickett does. Even though she hasn't talked to him in years, Aza and Daisy decide to sneak over there one day. Of course, this is after they discover that Davis's billionaire dad, Russell Pickett is a missing fugitive with a cloud made of $100,000 in reward money hanging over him.

I assure you that even though that paragraph sounds quite cheesy, the book is far from that. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's vegan.

Although I did thoroughly enjoy the plot line, I enjoyed Aza's character much more. From my previous description, you probably figured Aza is a perfectly normal and typical 16-year-old (besides the fact that she's hunting down a fugitive who also happens to be her friend's father). However, Aza struggles daily to function with OCD and anxiety. Her thoughts are plagued by fears of bacteria and deep questionings on what her life "really" is.

In the YA literature world, mental illnesses are a hot topic. From what I have personally read, I never thought it was captured well and I figured that it never would be. But I'm pretty sure John Green heard my thoughts because he came sliding in and proved me real hecking wrong.

I have never, and I mean never, read a book that captured the day to day struggles of a mental illness so well. I honestly don't want to even describe how John did it because I know if I try, I'll probably ruin it. But what I "can do is give you some amazing quotes from the book in hopes of showing its pure beauty.

Some heckin' good quotes about mental illness from "Turtles All the Way Down:"

"...but I can no more choose my thoughts than choose my name."

"...like invasive weeds, these thoughts seem to arrive at my biosphere from some faraway land, and then they spread out of control."

"I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battle you won. Illness is a story told in the past tense."

"I feel like I might not be driving the bus of my consciousness..."

"I think, 'you will never be free from this.' I think, 'you don't pick your thoughts.' I think, 'You are dying, and there are bugs inside of you that will eat through your skin.' I think and I think and I think."

"...and even though I laughed with them, it felt like I was watching the whole thing from somewhere else, like I was watching a movie about my life instead of living it."

And guys, these are only a few. A FEW!!!!!!! AND these are only the quotes about mental illness.

I deadass read this book in five hours; I literally could not put it down. Granted, the plot is borderline cheesy and slightly unrealistic. BUUUUUTTTT 1. it's a YA lit book, so what else would be expected? and 2. it's not really about the literal plot line; the meaning of the book lies in between the lines.

So with your Christmas (if ya celebrate) money/gift cards, go out and get yourself this amazing novel. It's gonna make you have an existential crisis, but what better time to have that than right before 2018 approaches?!

In all seriousness, this book is phenomenal. I truly believe that everyone should read this because there is something everyone can gain from it, no matter who you are. John Green hits you in the feels, and there is no escaping it.

OVERALL: 5 stars.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (Halloween Style)

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Smarties

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They may not make you smarter, but they sure are delicious.

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Baby Ruth

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These may not be Halloween specific, but boy do I love them.

Skittles

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M&M's

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Love, love, love, LOVE. Any shape, any kind, M&M's are amazing.

Bubblegum

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I will trade you any candy for one of these. Don't ask me why. I just will.

Almond Joy

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I've never seen a more beautiful looking candy bar...ever.

As you can tell, candy is something I am very passionate for. Are you?

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