Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.
Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.
Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
I feel compelled to note: I was reading John Green’s work before The Fault in Our Stars. I remember sitting down at rehearsal one evening back in 2009 and flying through Paper Towns. For fans, the wait between books has always felt eternal. I swallowed up all his works over the course of a week or two, then joined other fans in the long anticipation of The Fault in Our Stars.
Then, The Fault in Our Stars climbed up the NYT best-seller list and stayed there! His fan-base grew out of Nerdfighteria and into half the United States and then some. It was well deserved, too. That book told the sweet tale of two kids struggling with cancer in a world where we don’t like to talk about kids with terminal illness. On a political level, it brought much-needed awareness. On a literary level, Green’s portrayal of Hazel and Gus was so raw and real and relatable. So there may have been thousands waiting with me last time, but now, there’s got to be half a million.
That is a LOT of pressure to write a good book. But you know what? I think he’ll do just fine. And I don’t typically go for contemporary YA lit!
For those of you who, like me, are really looking forward to reading this in October, I leave you with one of the Green brothers’ recent tweets regarding the book.
I meant to attach this image to that tweet. pic.twitter.com/G7zhWsrCqF
— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) July 31, 2017
I also want to acknowledge this beautiful fan art by Risa. If you like her work, you can find it here.
— Risa (@risarodil) July 13, 2017