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Aza never expected to find herself looking into the mystery surrounding billionaire Russell Pickett, but with a $100,000 reward on the line she and Daisy, her best friend are more than willing to begin the search. Pickett's son, Davis, has always been on their radar, but practically speaking he lives on another world from Aza and Daisy. Aza is trying her hardest to be her best self, but that isn't always easy while dealing with the tightening spiral of her thoughts.
I forgot how much I missed John Green. I wouldn't say Turtles All The Way Down is my favorite of his, but it's certainly classic Green in style. Although his teen characters don't sound like any real teens I've ever met, you have to agree that he's a fantastic storyteller. As usual, the metaphor game is exceptionally strong here. I could also appreciate that Aza's mental health issues aren't sugar coated - we have the opportunity to see the world as she does as she lives her life and deals with her anxiety and OCD. We see how difficult it is for her to work through these spirals, and we also see that she's never truly alone with her family and friends at her her side. Honestly, though, her friends leave a little something to be desired. At points other characters can seem stretched a little too thin for them to make much of an impression, beyond Davis and Daisy that is. I don't know if it was just me, but I kept forgetting Aza's a girl. Maybe it's because Daisy mostly refers to her as Holmesy, but whatever the case I had to consistently remind myself of that fact throughout the entire story.
Overall, Turtles All The Way Down by John Green is an absolute must read for fans of his previous works. Interested in great representation regarding mental health issues? Then, this novel is also a must read. If you also enjoy the styles of David Levithan, Matthew Quick, Ned Vizzini, and Rainbow Rowell, I also highly recommend picking up this novel as well. I can't wait to see what John Green will do next.
I read this novel from January 4 - 5, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.