Turtles All the Way Down | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Hello everyone! Today I will be doing a book review on Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. This was such an amzing book, even though it did start off slow at first. I hope you enjoy my review of it!

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  • Title: Turtles All the Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Publisher: Dutton
  • AR: 5.6

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IMG_4416-2.jpgSixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Picket’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and the Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of a life-long friendship.

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IMG_5432I had heard a lot about John Green’s novels, so I wanted to give one of his books a try. I ordered this one-off of Amazon and started reading! I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, some people saying they loved it, and others saying they didn’t like it at all.

 

 

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IMG_4422-2.jpgI loved the writing style of this novel. Green has a very detailed and unique style, and it makes his work enjoyable to read and gives an interesting perspective. It’s almost like poetry.

I loved Aza’s character. She was so complex and dynamic. Her struggles teach the reader that you can go through hard times in your life, and still everything will be okay. As sad as the ending was (I won’t go into detail, as this is supposed to be a spoiler free review) I think it left a manful impact.

And lastly, the plot was well executed. There were tons of twists and turns!

There are so many admirable things about this novel. I know it got mixed reviews, and some didn’t like it as much as others, but I loved it!

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IMG_4419-2.jpgThere isn’t much critique I could give this novel, but the pacing was very slow. In fact, the book moved so slow that I almost DNFed it! It wasn’t until the middle of the book where I felt the plot was starting to come together and where it was actually interesting to read.

 

 

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IMG_4421-2As slow as this book was in the beginning, I still recommend it! The story itself is so beautiful, the characters are so three-dimensional, and the writing style phenomenal!

After I read it, I found so much meaning to the story and reflected about it and how it related to my own life. It is indeed a slow starter, but the middle and ending will not disappoint you!

Story and plot: ☆☆☆☆

Pacing: ☆

Character development: ☆☆☆☆☆

Writing quality: ☆☆☆☆☆

Enjoyment: ☆☆☆½

Overall: ☆☆☆☆

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Have you read this book? If so, did you agree with my review? Do you want to read it? Let me know in the comments section.

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⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎

Plan With Me: April 2019 Bullet Journal Setup

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Greetings bookish friends! Today I will be showing you my bullet journal plan with me for April! I decided to do blue butterflies and sparkles this month.

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Here’s my cover page! Since the butterflies are so intricate and detailed, I only drew a couple. On the left side, I have a quote. I wasn’t sure if I could pull of this theme well, but it ended up looking great! 🦋✨

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This is my monthly calendar page! I doodled a couple of butterflies around and it and did some calligraphy with a little bit of blending on the upper right page. I accidentally drew some extra yellow dots, so I just wrote the days of May, the next month.

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Next I have my mood tracker! I made a giant butterfly and am going to color it in this month. Each section of the butterfly represents a different day. On the right page is a chart to track how much reading, writing, and blogging I’m doing in April. I want to try to read 7 books this month, write 30 pages, and make 4 blog posts.

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And lastly, here is my weekly spread! I wanted to keep it simple but also added some butterflies and sparkles for some detail. 

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Do you bullet journal? What’s your favorite calligraphy pen? What did you think of this month’s theme? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎

The Awesome Blogger Award

Blogging is pretty fun!

Especially when you get recognized for all your hard work and dedication, even if you’ve been on a hiatus for over a month…*cough* me *cough*. Thank you so much for nominating me for this award Colleen, even if I haven’t been the most consistent recently. 😊 Anyway, let’s get to the tag!

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Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Tag your post with #awesomebloggeraward
  • Answer the questions given to you
  • Give them 10 new questions to answer
  • Nominate and inform at least 5 bloggers

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Colleen’s Questions

What’s the funniest word in the English language?

Schadenfreude, which means pleasure at someone’s bad luck or misfortune.  I just think it sounds interesting and it’s really fun to pronounce!

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What’s the funniest joke you know by heart?

What did the wave say to the other wave? Nothing, he just waved!

Yeah I know it’s not funny or anything but it’s the only joke I know.

If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be?

I don’t like candles very much, but I do enjoy ocean breeze, freshly baked bread, and the aroma of fresh flowers.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

I am looking forward to learning to drive a car, getting my own apartment or house, and going to college. I would also love to travel the world and go to numerous exotic destinations. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you would know that I have a fondness for globes and all things relating to traveling!

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Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting?

Whitewater rafting! It sounds very exciting and I’ve always wanted to do it!

What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?

Too many! Some of my favorites YA books are To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Hate U Give, and anything Rainbow Rowell…ya know, the basic stuff. 😉 I am also a huge fan of fantasy novels too, including anything Cornelia Funke and (obviously) Harry Potter.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Probably something along the lines of ‘why am I here’ or ‘what happened’, I’m not really sure.

What songs have you completely memorized?

I have memorized Vienna by Billy Joel and Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 by John Mayer. There are countless other songs that i have somewhat automatically memorized the lyrics to, but these are just off the top of my head.

Are you usually early or late?

If I have an intense/well-planned schedule that I can adhere to, I’m early. If I don’t, since I’m such a daydreamer, I will lose track of time completely. That’s why I love my bullet journal so much!

What would your perfect room look like?

No clutter, lots of cute clothes, and aesthetic. I don’t care what aesthetic, it just has to be aesthetic. 😂

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My Questions

  1. What’s the WORST book you’ve ever read?
  2. What’s your favorite subject in school?
  3. If you a genie gave you three wishes, what would they be?
  4. What’s your favorite social media?
  5. If you could be born into any other decade/century/time, what would it be? Or would you just rather live in the current time period?
  6. What’s an old fashion piece or trend that you want to come back?
  7. Are you scared of heights?
  8. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
  9. Do you have any special talents/abilities that most other people don’t have/can’t do?
  10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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Nominees

I nominate…

If you were nominated but aren’t interested in doing the tag, or have already done it, please don’t feel any pressure to do it! If you weren’t nominated but want to do the tag, let me know in the comments and I will add you onto the list!

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Do you like doing tags? Are you a blogger? What was your favorite question out off all the questions? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎