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10 Quotes from ‘Turtles All The Way Down’ That Humanize Mental Illness

In Turtles All The Way Down John Green explores the cycle of internalized anxiety, doubt, and fear associated with mental illness.  Green introduces audiences to sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, a high-school student who struggles with OCD, a trait shared with the author. Through the polarizing depiction of what it means to experience the daily struggles of mental illness, Turtles All The Way Down humanizes the hard-to-describe experience of living with a mental illness. 


Here are ten quotes from the book that humanize mental illness:



Worrying is the correct worldview. Life is worrisome.


True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.


Nobody gets anybody else, not really. We’re all stuck inside ourselves.

One of the challenges with pain – physical or psychic – is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language.


I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battle you won. Illness is a story told in the past tense.


It’s so weird, to know you’re crazy and not be able to do anything about it, you know? It’s not like you believe yourself to be normal. You know there is a problem. But you can’t figure a way through to fixing it. Because you can’t be sure, you know?


People always talk like there’s a bright line between imagination and memory, but there isn’t, at least not for me. I remember what I’ve imagined and imagine what I remember.


The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.


You are as real as anyone, and your doubts make you more real, not less.


There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.




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The Fault in Our Government – James Comey Is Secretly a John Green Fan

During an interview with the New York Times in which James Comey was asked what books readers would be surprised to find on his shelf, he responded with “The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.” 



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The YA author is known for the bestsellers The Fault In Our Stars and his newest novel, Turtles All The Way Down


Twitter was *shook* when they found out that Comey reads Green’s books, but John Green was the most surprised of them all.



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He tweeted a photo of the article, an arrow pointing to his mention with the caption, “James @Comey thinks people might be surprised to see The Fault In Our Stars on his bookshelf. INDEED, I AM SURPRISED.”  



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7 John Green Quotes That Broke Our Hearts and Put Them Back Together

John Green is an absolute wordsmith, using his incredible prose and insanely creative mind to toy with the heartstrings of readers everywhere. Known for his critically acclaimed books like Looking for AlaskaThe Fault in Our StarsPaper Towns, and his latest, Turtles All the Way Down, Green brought us heart-warming tales filled with love, loss, and everything in between.


He is one of the most popular YA authors, having delivered to young readers some of the most relatable teenage characters in literature, along with moving stories that many readers take comfort in.


While his novels are indeed comforting, entertaining, and all-in-all masterpieces, they also happen to feature some of the most heartbreaking lines ever written. Featuring my two favorite works written by John Green, here are seven lines that broke our hearts (and put them back together).


1. My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations. – The Fault in Our Stars


2. Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see. – Turtles All The Way Down


3. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. – The Fault in Our Stars





4. The problem with happy endings is that they’re either not really happy, or not really endings, you know? In real life, some things get better and some things get worse. And then eventually you die. – Turtles All The Way Down


5.That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence. –  The Fault in Our Stars



6. Most adults are just hollowed out. You watch them try to fill themselves up with booze or money or God or fame or whatever they worship, and it all rots them from the inside until nothing is left but the money or the booze or God they thought would save them. Adults think they are wielding power, but really power is wielding them. – Turtles All The Way Down


7. “I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” – The Fault in Our Stars








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John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ Getting a Movie!

John Green’s fifth novel Turtles All the Way Down is being developed by Fox, who made Green’s bestselling The Fault in Our Stars into a box office hit in 2014.


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In the YouTube video in which he made the announcement, Green had some thoughts on making a film out of a story that takes place for the most part inside someone’s head.  Turtles All the Way Down is the story of a sixteen-year-old girl with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, who, along with her best friend, sets out to solve the mystery of a missing billionaire. 


Green, who has been candid about his own experiences of OCD and how they informed his new book, expresses his initial misgivings about a Turtles All the Way Down movie, given its subject matter. He says the challenge of writing the book was to see “whether I could use language to find some sort of direct form or expression for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, rather than only relying on metaphor,” and that he hoped he could provide “a glimpse” into not only how OCD feels, “but what it is, which is a profoundly non-visual thing.” However, he goes on to say that The Fault in Our Stars producer Isaac Klausner pointed out to him that “obsessive thoughts are also a non-linguistic experience, and that didn’t stop me from writing the book.” And so, he announces that “working with the same studio and production company that made The Fault in Our Stars, we are giving it a try.” 



“It doesn’t mean there will definitely be a movie, but it means that there might be one, so now’s the time to begin inundating me with casting suggestions,” he says, riffing off the fact that though Green has little or no say in the casting decisions made for film adaptations of his novels, this does not stop fans from constantly making suggestions, which has become something of a joke among the John Green fan-base. 


Temple Hill will produce the film and Green, along with Rosianna Halse Rojas, will executive produce. 



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