Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza has OCD. She gets stuck in thought spirals and had trouble doing normal teen stuff. Daisy is her best friend. She writes Rey-Chewbacca fanfic. Davis is the son of a missing billionaire. He met Aza at a camp for kids who had lost a parent. Turtles All the Way Down is a snapshot of a few months in their lives.

Ever since Turtles All the Way Down was announced, I’ve been looking forward to it. I can honestly say it did not disappoint and was totally worth the wait. My best friend shares some characteristics with Aza, particularly the health-related thought spirals. Because of this, I really identified with Daisy. In fact, I highlighted this quote and shared it with my best friend:

“…What I want to say to you, Holmesy, is that yes, you are exhausting, and yes, being your friend is work. But you are also the most fascinating person I have ever known, and you are not like mustard. You are like pizza, which is the highest compliment I can pay a person.”

That is exactly how I feel. It is work to have a best friend dealing with mental illness, but it’s totally and completely worth it.

Unlike some of John Green’s other books, Turtles All the Way Down wasn’t overly heart in a blendery (the end is kind of heartbreaking, but not on a TFiOS or Looking for Alaska level). It was, however, raw and honest. I don’t think an author without OCD himself could’ve written those thought spirals and Aza’s actions to be so real. I highly recommend this book to YA fans and pretty much everyone else. It’s really an excellent book.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 138
Pages Read in 2017: 37,489
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