First Impressions: Reviews of John Green’s New Book


It’s been a week since John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down was released and hit shelves. As his first book after five long years, many of us were anxious to see just how good it would be, especially compared to his best works like The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

If you’re still hesitant to get a copy, then just check out what these critics and readers think:


“Those quintessential John Green moments are still featured in Turtles, but now John Green takes those meditations and turns them inward. Aza is not striving to find and love someone else. She’s striving to find and love herself… There is tenderness that radiates out of Turtles All The Way Down…Turtles delivers a lesson that we so desperately need right now: Yes, it is okay not to be okay.”

The New York Times

“This novel is by far his most difficult to read. It’s also his most astonishing… One needn’t be suffering like Aza to identify with it. One need only be human. Everyone, at some point, knows what it’s like when the mind develops a mind of its own.”

The Guardian

“There are many places in the first half where it feels as though you are reading a straightforward, even conventional mystery… But it becomes clear that Green’s main focus is not the mystery – it’s the teenage friendships and love interests and, maybe most of all, Aza’s mental health.”


“Green’s observations do occasionally veer off into the kind of faux profundity that his detractors like to make fun of….. But those moments aren’t so much cringe-inducing as they are endearing: They are straight from the earnest teenage heart of Turtles All the Way Down, which is feeling so very many things.”

USA Today

“While Turtles doesn’t have the sharp tonal focus of previous Green books, it does boast clever one-liners (“Star Wars is the American religion”), insightful witty dialogue and well-developed characters that are all hallmarks of the writer’s enjoyable teen-dream prose… Green expertly communicates the confusion and pain of Aza’s invasive thoughts, the way they spin out of control and their inescapable hold on her.”

The verdict is in: Turtles All the Way Down is worth the wait! Get your copy now for P599 (hardcover) in National Book Store, shop online here, or call delivery hotline 8888-627.

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