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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. 286 p. Dutton Books/ Penguin Random House, October, 2017. 9780525555384. (Purchased)
Publisher synopsis: From the jacket flap: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
First line: At the time I first realized I might be fictional, my weekdays were spent at a publicly funded institution on the north side of Indianapolis called White River High School, where I was required to eat lunch at a particular time - between 12:37 and 1:14 P.M. - by forces so much larger than myself that I couldn't even begin to identify them.
Page 56: The Instagram contained no real pictures, only quotes rendered in typewritery fonts with soft-focused, crumpled-paper backgrounds. The first one, posted two years ago, was from Charlotte Bronte. "I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself."
The most recent quote was, "He who does fear death dies only once," which I thought was maybe some veiled reference to his father, but I couldn't unpack it. (For the record, he who does fear death also dies only once, but whatever.)