Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Like many readers I eagerly awaited the release of Green’s brand new book. I found the title strange and wondered if he could possibly top his most recent best seller, The Fault in Our Stars, the book that took the world by storm. We waited five long years, and let me tell you- It. Was. Worth. The. Wait. Turtles All the Way Down is fantastically fabulous. John Green is a genius, in my opinion.

Turtles is told from the perspective of sixteen-year-old, Aza Holmes who struggles with extreme anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Whether you relate to Aza or her incredibly original best friend, Daisy doesn’t matter. Both of these characters are so wonderfully developed you can’t help but fall in love with them. The two girls find themselves involved in a missing person’s case that draws Aza closer to her childhood friend, Davis whose Dad happens to be the missing billionaire they are trying to locate.

Aza’s battle with OCD makes her hard to deal with on a daily basis for those close to her. Daisy, Davis and even Aza’s own mother can’t quite understand how her mind operates. Their stories will help readers open their minds to the intensity of mental illness and just how difficult it is for those who suffer. And if you happen to be one who suffers? I think you will find a dear friend in this book. Turtles All the Way Down is sad, hard to read at times and then absolutely hilarious at other times. Green has stated that this book is about the mental illness that has affected his own life, and it’s obvious in his writing that the topic is very personal.

Let me end with my favorite quote from the book (because John Green quotes are hard to resist after all), “I was a story riddled with plot holes.” Aren’t we all?

~ Leslie M.