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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.
“The words used to describe it – despair, fear, anxiety, obsession – do so little to communicate it. Maybe we invented metaphor as a response to pain. Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.”
This is a brave, bold move by John Green who blew this one out of the water in terms of its portrayal of mental illness. For someone who lives with debilitating anxiety (which is hard for me even to discuss here, much less in a book that will be read by thousands if not millions of people) I applaud his strength.
Turtles All the Way Down is a deeply insightful and fresh take on obsessive compulsive disorder; the story of Aza is one that hasn’t been told before in this way.
John Green has a way with words that I adore, and this one, like some of his others, is highly philosophical. This book isn’t going to be for everyone – it’s definitely going to fall into the ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ groups for readers. For me, it was perfect.