Turtles All the Way Down

by

John Green

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Ayala Character Analysis

Ayala is a character in Daisy's Chewbacca fanfiction stories. She's modeled after Aza and shares her worrying personality. She's a horrible character who ruins everything for the other characters. Azyala serves as a point of contention in Aza and Daisy’s friendship when Aza discovers that Daisy has been writing stories that paint Aza (through the character of Ayala) in an unfavorable light.

Ayala Quotes in Turtles All the Way Down

The Turtles All the Way Down quotes below are all either spoken by Ayala or refer to Ayala. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dutton Books edition of Turtles All the Way Down published in 2017.
Chapter 16 Quotes

When I was little, I knew monsters weren't, like, real. But I also knew I could be hurt by things that weren't real. I knew that made-up things mattered, and could kill you.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy, Ayala
Page Number: 196
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Chapter 19 Quotes

... the stupidity of Ayala, Aza, and Holmesy and all my irreconcilable selves, my self-absorption, the filth in my gut, think about anything other than yourself you disgusting narcissist.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Ayala
Related Symbols: Circles and Spirals
Page Number: 226
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ayala Character Timeline in Turtles All the Way Down

The timeline below shows where the character Ayala appears in Turtles All the Way Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
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...fanfiction. The most recent story, narrated by Rey, tells about Rey, Chewbacca, and their companion Ayala, whom Rey deems her "best friend and greatest burden." Ayala is very anxious and Rey... (full context)
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Aza thinks that Ayala is horrible. She ruins everything for Rey and Chewbacca. Many of the comments say that... (full context)
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...she feels like Daisy is only right to deal with her by creating the character Ayala. Daisy asks Aza what's wrong and says that Aza looks horrible and like she needs... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...he and Aza walk outside. Aza tells Davis that she read Daisy's fanfiction and hates Ayala. Davis insists that he likes Ayala. (full context)
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...sleep, Aza decides to read more of Daisy's fanfiction. She wonders how Davis can find Ayala charming, since Aza finds her self-centered and annoying. Aza then reads Wikipedia articles about fanfiction... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Aza quietly tells her that she barely changed her name in the fanfic and gave Ayala all Aza's personality traits and compulsions. Daisy defends herself by saying that Aza has never... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...remembers Davis's tongue, and thinks about Mom's warm breath. She thinks about her "irreconcilable selves:" Ayala, Aza, and Holmesy. She texts Daisy and apologizes for not being a good friend. Daisy... (full context)
Chapter 22
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As they walk, Daisy asks if Aza would mind if she killed off Ayala. Aza says that she read the most recent story and is actually coming to like... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...come over. An hour later, the girls sit on Aza's bed. Aza reads the new Ayala story and giggles. Daisy notes that everything worked out in the end: the heroes got... (full context)