Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green has got to be one of my favorite reads this year. I don’t have OCD, not real OCD, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to get in the head of someone who does suffer from mental illness. Her OCD grossed me out at times, but it gave me a real inside look into something I don’t have to experience daily. I know someone who suffers from schizophrenia and he was upset with the book at first. He didn’t like the way John Green portrayed mental illness until he learned that John Green suffers from OCD himself and that OCD can affect everyone differently. Not only was the book totally interesting, but the discussions around the book were just as engaging and I learned so much. Definitely worth the read.
5 out of 5.