John Green made it to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is an author, vlogger, writer, producer, actor, and editor. You probably know from him his sixth novel, The Fault in Our Stars. The book debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012 and the film adaptation opened at number one at the box office.
Green is out with a new book. In 2015, Green admitted on Reddit that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, writing, “I’ve known that I have this mental illness for a long time, and I’ve had a lot of therapy and learned a lot of strategies for dealing with my illness.”
Like millions of others, I take medication to help treat my mental illness. Treating chronic medical conditions must not be stigmatized.
— John Green 🐢 (@johngreen) March 29, 2015
So what’s with the title?
‘Turtles all the way down’ is actually a popular expression in cosmology that comes from an anecdote explaining “the unmoved mover” paradox. It states that Earth is actually flat and is riding on the back of ‘a Giant World Turtle,” which itself is on the back of another turtle, and so on. “It’s turtles all the way down.”
The story is about sixteen-year-old Aza and a fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, along with a cash reward. Aza and her best friend Daisy, are out to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza 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.
“We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe even more intimate than eye contact anyway. I mean, anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
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