Author: John Green
Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis: Aza, a teenager with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and her friend Daisy, are intent on solving the case for the mysteriously disappeared billionaire, and collect the $100,000 reward. It gets complicated when Davis, the billionaire’s son, and Aza, become romantically involved.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book to begin with, but then again, I loved The Fault in Our Stars and decided to give it a shot – I am so glad that I did! Aza is a deeply troubled and distraught character but that’s what makes her real. She has real problems and real concerns that arise from every day situations that life throws at her, and her struggle to survive with OCD is as much part of the story as the actual story of finding the missing father. Inspired by John Green’s own OCD experience, it felt very genuine and made the story believable.
I was sucked into the book and spit back out a mess. I felt for Aza – I don’t have OCD but my anxiety made me feel for her. It wasn’t an easy story to read and had some very out of control parts. I felt for her friends Daisy and Davis; I felt for her mom and her counselor who want to help her; and I felt for John Green as he poured so much of his own demons into this book.
If you want something different, something not entirely happy or sad, then pick this one up. But prepare yourself for the feels and then go read The Fault in Our Stars for some more emotional torture!
The book appears to be getting a movie adaptation! Not a ton is known about it yet, but here’s an article: https://variety.com/2019/film/news/hannah-marks-turtles-all-the-way-down-movie-1203105786/