I love John Green’s books, so I was ecstatic when I realized he was coming out with Turtles All the Way Down. As I had suspected, the book was amazing! And I could’ve done a book review on it, but John Green’s books are different from other books, in that, they truly understand me in a way no other author has. I will read a paragraph from his books and just stop, to think, “Wow, that’s exactly how I feel sometimes, and there it is, in word form, right in front of me.” I think that in high school, you just need to be able to see that; that you’re not alone, and that you’re not weird, and that someone gets you. So I want to be able to share with you all, my favorite and most relatable quotes/excerpts from Turtles All the Way Down.
1. “Like I was watching a movie about my life instead of living it” (Pg 97)
“I realized in the silence that followed that I hadn’t spoken since answering Davis’s compliment about my shirt. Davis, Daisy, and Mychal eventually went back to talking about Star Wars and the size of the universe and traveling faster than light. “Star Wars is the American religion,” Davis said at one point, and Mychal said, “I think religion is the American religion,” 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.” (Pg 97)
When I read this, my first thought was, “Yes, exactly.” I don’t know about you, but I do this a lot where I just listen to people and I forget that I’m there or that I can even say something. Like Aza, it’s only until someone asks me something directly, do I realize that I can actually interact with the people around me. Even when I’m around my peers, I just feel like some people have more of a right to talk than I do, so I just listen and forget that I’m living my life and that I have choices I can make. This is very bad, because especially in this day and age, teens need to know that the have the ability to use their voices, and that their voice is a very powerful tool. However, it can be hard to not feel like my life is living through me, instead of me living through my life.
2. “They always seemed worried I’d be reminded of my fatherlessness, as if I could somehow forget.” (Pg 142)
“Something in his voice reminded me that his mom was dead, and I thought about how everyone always seemed slightly uncomfortable when discussing their fathers in front of me. They always seemed worried I’d be reminded of my fatherlessness, as if I could somehow forget.” (Pg 141-142)
I related to Aza a lot when she said this, and I think that a lot of other single-parent kids could probably relate as well. My father hasn’t been around since I was very young, and it’s something that I’ve accepted, but of course, it isn’t easy. My friends, well, just about everyone I know, does this sort of thing a lot. We will be sitting at a table during lunch, when someone mentions something about their father. Then one person might shoot another a look, and jerk their head towards me, as if to say, “This girl doesn’t have a dad so we should not talk about it so that she isn’t reminded of it. We don’t want the poor thing to feel sad.” Just a little PSA for you father-full people out there: it’s okay to talk about your dads, and it won’t make me feel any more sad about my situation than I already am. Not having a parent is painful thing that you don’t ever forget, not even for one second of the day. At least for me, it’s part of my identity, so I have to carry it around whether I like it or not. When people talk about their fathers, it makes me feel happy that they don’t have to endure that kind of sadness.
3. “What I love about science is that as you learn, you don’t really get answers. You just get better questions.” (Pg 177)
“‘And do you know the answers?’ He laughed. ‘Oh no no no. Far from it. What I love about science is that as you learn, you don’t really get answers. You just get better questions.” (Pg 177)
I love science, and I want to pursue a science-based job for my career. But even if you don’t like science, we’ve all been in class doing some sort of project that just goes on and on. Once you answer the first question, you get another bigger and better question. While some of you may be groaning, for people like Malik the zoologist and myself, that’s what we love about science! The learning and discovering makes me feel so happy and excited that it can become addicting.When I read this quote, I had to think about it for a while because I just thought was super cool! That’s what John Green does; he introduces these new ideas to the reader that they’ve never even thought of thinking, but the reader can connect with it so profoundly.
I really hope you were able to relate to a couple of these quotes, and if you did, I highly recommend reading John Green’s books. Let me know if you guys want me to do some more quotes on Turtles All the Way Down. While I was reading this book, I also marked down some very insightful and, well, pretty deep quotes that I think everyone would love, so if you guys like this, be expecting that article pretty soon!
As always, thank you so much for reading my blog, written By me, Emily.