Sit back, listen and enjoy: John Green reads the first chapter of Turtles All the Way Down

(cover art courtesy Dutton Books for Younger Readers via EW)


Sporting a catchy, intriguing title that goes to the heart of an age-old scientific debate which, to be fair, science has pretty much won, John Green’s first new book in six years, Turtles All the Way Down, is due in just 7 weeks.

That’s pretty exciting in and of itself if you’re anxious, and how could you not be, to hear about protagonist 16 Year-old Aza Holme’s life with obsessive compulsive disorder, a condition that the author has admitted he also shares, and her search for a missing billionaire.

Even more exciting is the release of a video on the YouTube channel, VlogBrothers, that Green operates with his brother Hank, where he reads the entire first chapter of the book.

Yup, the entire first chapter.

Of course it means you have almost two months before the first words of chapter two are yours but it’s a lovely entree to the new novel which sounds like it will be every bit as engaging and thoughtful as his previous bestselling work.

Turtles All the Way Down releases 22 October.


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