Turtles All The Way Down, John Green (2017)
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
My first John Green book in a very long time and I have to say that I think I’ve grown out of his writing style. I know his way is quite poetic and he embellishes on a lot of his description, but I felt like I was rolling my eyes too much in this book. Also if I would have realised how much this book was revolving around the main characters OCD then I would have considered more carefully before picking it up.
From a mental health aspect this book was a huge trigger for my OCD with germs. I have identified as having OCD since I was 14 and it’s gone up and down since then. At the moment I am able to control it most of the time, but if someone near me is ill then I get very anxious. Reading about a character that went to far worse extremes than I ever have, to stay germ free kind of freaked me out a little. I think if I was less in control of my own thoughts then it could have opened up some doors in my head to expand my OCD way of thinking. I tend not to pick up books about OCD, because I don’t need them in my life when I already have that in my head. For all I can say about how this book was a trigger, it was well written from this perspective, summarising some of the feelings of compulsion you feel very well.
When you really break it down, this was a book about Aza and her struggles in relationships, family and self. The plot of trying to find a missing rich guy most definitely faded into the background and didn’t really work for me, it only served as a device to alter the character’s paths rather than grip the reader. Davis, the rich guy’s son, is a really strange character. He is living the rich life, but with the risk of it being taken all away from him, his relationship with Aza is fleeting and is needed only to spiral Aza down a mental health decline. Daisy is Aza’s best friend and is the only realistic character in the book, they fall out, they make up, they piss each other off, they teach each other lessons.
Generally I didn’t overly enjoy my reading experience of this book and it retains three stars because it’s a John Green book and the man can write.