Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Page Count: 286
This book follows the main character Aza, who struggles with OCD and anxiety. Her and Daisy (her best friend) are doing detective work on a missing billionaire fugitive, and Aza happens to know his son, Davis. There is a hundred-thousand dollar reward and Daisy is determined to get it.
As soon as I started this book, I was feeling nervous. This is the first time that I have read a book and felt so connected to the main character because of my hypochondria. For those of you not familiar with that term, it’s essentially a person who is very anxious about their well being. And while reading this Aza was continuously worried that she was going to contract c. diff. Now, Aza and I aren’t exactly the same, her anxiety is a lot more intense than mine. Also, she’s constantly googling symptoms and signs of c. diff and that is a huge NO to me. I have learned the hard way that googling anything health related, makes it so much worse and essentially sends my thoughts spiraling. This book just does such a wonderful job of showing readers what goes on in the mind of someone with this type of anxiety. Most of the mental health books that I have read deal with social anxiety, so it was nice to read something different for a change.
Daisy, I think was my favorite character, aside from Aza. Daisy is so funny and she seems like someone that would be fun to hang around. When Daisy and Aza have their fight, I was siding with Daisy at first because I understood where she was coming from about how Aza is self-centered and doesn’t know anything about what’s going on in Daisy’s life. I have been that friend, that is always there for my friends and they know nothing about what is going on with me or in my life. So I definitely saw where Daisy was coming from. But then when Aza said that she can’t get out of her head, I understood what she meant as well.
Daisy says, “Mychal said once that you’re like mustard. Great in small quantities, but then a lot of you is… a lot.” Then Aza goes to say a little while later, “To use Mychal’s clever little analogy, imagine eating NOTHING BUT mustard, being stuck with mustard ALL THE TIME…” This analogy was just so perfect in describing how Aza’s mind works.
I highly recommend this book. It’s so so good! It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. Let me know your thoughts if you have read it.