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Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down By John Green

Not all John Green novels are created equal. In Turtles All the Way Down, we are immersed in the portrait of a young woman deep in the throes of mental illness. Like Green himself, Aza has OCD, and it has completely taken over her life. She lives in constant fear of C. difficile colitis and other infections, a terrible mismatch with her compulsion to keep opening a wound on her finger. Aza's life is something that happens around the focal point of her obsessive thoughts, a perspective that is instantly recognizable to anyone who has been through major mental health trauma. 



Don’t read Turtles All the Way Down expecting a great plot or the inspiring story of someone overcoming a terrible illness; come for the realism of Aza’s OCD and stay for the difficult wins in her relationship with Daisy.


The strength of this novel is not in its over-the-top plot (which includes one hundred thousand dollars pulled out of a cereal box), but in Aza's mental illness and the very real intimate de…

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