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
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