Turtles All The Way Down, J. Green (ed. Dutton Books)
Page number: 286
Release date: October 2017
Tags: Young Adult – Romance – Contemporary Romance – Fiction – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Sickness
Sixteen years old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Rissell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
“You stare up at the same sky together and after a while he says, I have to go, and you say Good-bye, and he says, Good-bye Aza, and no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again.”
So happy to have a new John Green’s book, it is always a pleasure, and for once I take my time to read it.
This is not a fairytale, it is more a story that shows a way to go through problems that hard to discard or you cannot do it. The story is about the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) of the protagonist, the way it develops for her, the help she has, as well her thoughts. These are the most frightening in the book as they are described. The invasive feelings, like she calls them, are an additional character in this book. The way she cannot go beyond this circling make you feel in this ever-tightening spiral.
There is an evolution for Aza, but it is not like in every book the significant change, only small steps. It does not evolve most smoothly, but it evolves. That what the book explains that a difficulty or a problem may be here all your life, but sometimes it will be easier than others, it necessary to learn how to live with it, it kind of gives hope.
The characters are entirely different in the way they act, their past, and what they live. Nevertheless, they look like the same because they struggle with their own problem and live in their own world. My reading was sometimes tainted by the presence of Daisy, she is always here, and the problem is not that she does not understand Aza, but she does not want to get the idea.
Conclusion: except for a character that sometimes goes on my nerve, it is one of my favourite book of 2017.