Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
About: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: It’s John Green’s new book! Super excited because I’ve enjoyed all of his books. I felt like this was actually two different books. One was about girl dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder and one about a rich kid who’s trying to find a real friend. They don’t really go together, but Green tries really hard to make them fit together and that’s the problem. It felt very forced to me. The story with Aza (OCD patient) is compelling. Green does an excellent job of getting you in her head and vividly illustrating what it’s like to wrestle with this mental illness. I love the way he describes the illogical sense of it all. For me, Aza was the only character that was really fully realized. All of the other characters felt flat, almost like stock characters. Davis, the billionaire kid, is very one-dimensional. He is in a horrible situation, but I found that I didn’t really relate to him. Because his character is so one note, I didn’t feel very much for him at all. Same with Aza’s sassy Latina best friend, Daisy, she felt very much like a stereotype. I still think this book is worth the read simply to get a glimpse of what it is like to manage OCD, but unfortunately for me, this book did not live up to Green’s other works.