Turtles All the Way Down

by

John Green

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Noah Character Analysis

Noah is Davis' younger brother. At thirteen, he still believes that his dad, Mr. Pickett, loves him, and he becomes depressed and starts acting out after his father disappears. He asks Aza to keep looking for his father even after Davis asks Aza not to. Aza feels bad for Noah and promises him she'll keep looking.

Noah Quotes in Turtles All the Way Down

The Turtles All the Way Down quotes below are all either spoken by Noah or refer to Noah. 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 12 Quotes

He's, just... I guess at some point, you realize that whoever takes care of you is just a person, and that they have no superpowers and can't actually protect you from getting hurt. Which is one thing. But Noah is starting to understand that maybe the person he thought was a superhero turns out sort of to be the villain.

Related Characters: Davis Pickett Jr. (speaker), Aza Holmes, Davis Pickett, Sr., Noah
Related Symbols: Iron Man
Page Number: 147
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Noah Character Timeline in Turtles All the Way Down

The timeline below shows where the character Noah appears in Turtles All the Way Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...Daisy pushes Aza to go with him. When they enter the house, Davis’s little brother, Noah, is playing a space video game in the living room and casually greets Aza without... (full context)
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...idea and doesn't care. He explains that the best thing his dad can do for Noah is to stay away. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...and Daisy says that Tua the tuatara will inherit all of it, not Davis and Noah. Daisy reads a news article from the previous year out loud announcing the decision. Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...so she sneakily reads it throughout the day. It consists of mostly witness statements from Noah and Davis. Davis’s statement says that it was a normal evening. Noah's statement says that... (full context)
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...about how to define "I." They talk about stargazing, and Davis says that he and Noah are all alone. Aza asks if sharing the information she has will make the situation... (full context)
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Davis texts that his mom's birthday is today, but Noah barely cares because he never knew her. He continues that after you lose a loved... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...kissing. Daisy asks for privacy, and Aza heads back downstairs. She sits down next to Noah, who is wearing superhero pajamas even though he's thirteen. He asks Aza if she's found... (full context)
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In a small voice, Noah says that Davis thinks they're better off without their dad, but that he still wants... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Later, Aza goes through the notes Noah sent her. The final notes interest her and seem connected: they include countries where a... (full context)
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Aza mentions that she spoke to Noah the night before and that he gave her the notes off Mr. Pickett's phone. Aza... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Aza tells Mr. Morris that she's worried about Noah and asks if there's other family. Mr. Morris explains that Davis has been declared an... (full context)
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...Mom. Mom finally suggests that Aza needs to sleep, just as Aza had suggested to Noah. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...insists that Aza is just an old friend. Rosa tells him to take food to Noah and do his dishes before she leaves for the night. Aza notes that Rosa acts... (full context)
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...school that he killed both his parents. He says he's fine, but he’s worried about Noah. Noah got in bed with him the night before and cried, and Davis thinks that... (full context)
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...dad doesn't owe him anything, but he wishes he'd do the "dad stuff" like take Noah to school and not disappear. Aza apologizes and Davis asks if she's been in love.... (full context)
Chapter 14
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At the pool, Davis and Noah are sitting hunched on a pool lounger. He tells Aza that he needs a few... (full context)
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...thanks Malik for the tour and follows Davis out of the lab. He explains that Noah got caught with pot at school and is suspended. Aza thinks that kids get arrested—not... (full context)
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...way. She thinks about Davis's saliva and bacteria and finally excuses herself to the bathroom. Noah is playing a video game and calls Aza's name when he hears her, but Aza... (full context)
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When Aza comes out of the bathroom, Noah tells Aza that nobody wants to find his dad. Noah wonders why his dad isn't... (full context)
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...and tries to hide her hand sanitizer breath. Davis says he heard her talking to Noah, and Aza struggles to stay present with Davis while her thoughts tell her she needs... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...agrees. It's freezing outside as she walks from Harold to Davis’s front door. Davis leaves Noah on the couch playing video games and he and Aza walk outside. Aza tells Davis... (full context)
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Aza and Davis stop by the pool and sit on loungers. Davis worries about Noah and twirls his Iron Man. Aza tries to tell him that Iron Man isn't much... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...without saying goodbye, and feels bad for him. Aza thinks that she feels bad for Noah, who wonders if his father will call and then plays video games to distract himself... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...that she's getting better. She says that she feels fragile and asks how he and Noah are. Davis says that Noah is still struggling. One minute he's a kid who cries,... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...Davis looks scared and starts to cry. He collapses into Aza, and she realizes that Noah isn't the only one who misses his father. They realize that there hadn't been communication... (full context)
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...is legally dead. When Davis says he has nobody, Aza reminds him that he has Noah, which sends Davis sobbing again. Davis and Aza cuddle until Mom gets home, which makes... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...that she and Daisy didn't tell the police. He finally texts back that he and Noah told the police. Mom comes back into the kitchen and suggests that Aza talk to... (full context)
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...him the stars from her backyard, with the branches overhead. Davis says that he and Noah are moving to Colorado. Noah will attend a special school, and Davis will finish high... (full context)
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...Aza asks why they told the police. Davis said that not knowing was eating up Noah. Davis realized that Noah needed to know where his dad was more than he needed... (full context)