John Green’s New Book: What We Know So Far

The title is soooo interesting

On June 22, John Green finally announced the news we’ve been longing to hear: his next book, Turtles All the Way Down, will hit shelves October 2017 — nearly six loooong years after the publication of his last novel (and one of our fave movies), The Fault in Our Stars.

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“I’ve been working on Turtles All the Way Down for years, and I’m so excited to share it with readers this October,” Green said in a statement. “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”

John had hinted to Entertainment Weekly there was a new book in the works earlier this year, but, besides shedding some light in his recent statement regarding a theme of mental illness, he’s been mostly pretty tight lipped about his new book.

Even in his official video message about his novel, John was super secretive, only revealing that the plot involves “a young woman trying to solve a mystery while also trying to live with mental illness.”

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Since then, we’ve been able to uncover more information about John’s book because the title alone sounds soooo interesting and, well, WE NEED TO KNOW.

Here’s what we found so far.


The book’s actually a mystery about a missing billionaire, and sticking with John’s YA genre we know and adore, the protagonist is a young girl named Aza Holmes, who grapples with a mental illness as she tries to solve the billionaire’s disappearance. According to Penguin Books, the story is about “lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, and Star Wars fan fiction.” LOOOOVE!


As John mentioned, his latest novel is a personal one. He’s admitted in the past to having 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.” Fans will note that mental illness is a theme that he’s also explored in Paper Towns, while he wrote about physical illness with The Fault in Our Stars. We love how John continually creates multi-dimensional characters that we can all relate to, and always keeps it real when it comes to mental health awareness.


What’s ‘tuatara’? They’re the largest reptiles in New Zealand that look like lizards, but aren’t. And, according to Penguin Books, they feature prominently in the book. Whaaaat?

That Title

So what exactly does “turtles all the way down” mean? Well, it’s actually an expression used in cosmology. According to Wikipedia, the anecdote holds that the world is carried on by the backs of a chain of turtles that get increasingly bigger in size. Beneath each turtle is yet another and another: it is “turtles all the way down.” Just how it relates to the book? Well, we’ll have to wait until October 10, 2017.

In the meantime, we can get a peek into John’s creative process on his YouTube channel and Instagram, and begin to daydream who the eventual movie will star.



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