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Turtles All the Way Down

“We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn't matter because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe even more intimate than eye contact anyway. I mean, anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

Turtles All the Way Down is John Green’s follow up to his bestselling and award winning book, The Fault in Our Stars. I couldn’t imagine being in a more high pressure situation as this, but John Green has delivered once again with this beautiful portrayal of mental illness, lifelong friendship and love.

After hearing about the upcoming release of Turtles All the Way Down, I was crossing my fingers that we would be given another gorgeous love story similar to that of Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars. After reading it, however, I came to the conclusion that we got so much more than that.

Aza is a teenage girl who ends up in an unlikely and bizarre chase for the truth when her childhood friend Davis’s billionaire father goes missing. From the outside looking in, Aza seems to have it all. She's a good daughter, a good student, and a good friend. But life for Aza isn't what it appears. She struggles every day with invasive thoughts, thoughts which at times leave her unable to focus on nothing but the fear and anxiety they cause.

This is a brave, bold move by John Green who so imaginatively portrays what it is like to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You are not just reading about someone with OCD, you are experiencing what it's like to have OCD while reading this book.

I’m tempted to flip back to page one and read the book again!