Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
*Some spoilers ahead*

Turtles All The Way Down is a young adult fiction novel written by John Green. Turtles All The Way Down has been an anticipated novel since the release of his best-selling book, The Fault in Our Stars. This book brings light to mental illness and the challenges faced by those with anxiety. The story begins with Aza, the main character, in a crowded high school cafeteria lost in her thoughts. We then find out about her best friends, Daisy and mutual friend Mychal. Daisy starts discussing the disappearance of billionaire Davis Pickett and how there is a $100,000 reward for any information leading to his location. The reward money made me think the entire novel is about Davis Pickett’s disappearance. The disappearance is one of the focus points but not the main focus point. Aza and her anxiety is the primary focus of this novel. We journey through the entire novel getting know Aza. The reader gains a better understanding of her past, we become more familiar with her anxiety and how it affects her daily life, and we grow a connection with Aza. Aza learns to grow existing friendships, build relationships and learns to cope with her anxiety the best way she can.

The best way to describe her anxiety is by this quote from the book:

“…..It’s getting sucked into a whirlpool that shrinks and shrinks and shrinks your world until you’re spinning without moving, stuck inside a prison cell that is exactly the size of you, until eventually, you realize that you’re not actually in a prison cell. You are the prison cell.”

We also learn more about Davis Pickett and his estates. We journey through to find out more information about Pickett’s disappearance and build a connection between his family and Aza’s life.

I loved this book. The connection between Aza and Davis Pickett’s disappearance and his two sons is astounding. John Green builds a web connecting all the characters to one another. My favorite part of the story is finding the meaning of the title. I enjoyed the way the novel ended and the various plot twists. This book is written in a way that allowed me to connect with each character. I am a fan of John Green’s previous novels, and this one met my standards. I cried a bit reading this book, and I recommend this book to others. I didn’t want to give away too much information.

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5 stars. I loved the way the way this novel turned out.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

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Worlds on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton is a Young Adult novel. The book aims to bring awareness to teens with mental illnesses by explaining the struggles of a teen with schizophrenia. Adam is the main character who has been tasked with the challenge of writing his thoughts down in a diary. This is a solution created by his therapist when Adam refuses to actually speak to his therapist during their sessions.

This was one of my favorite books. It’s challenging finding an author who actually does enough research to provide quality information regarding diseases. I just could not put this book down once I opened it. I normally do not like the diary format when it comes to books but this worked out well. I am hoping to find more books like this from this author and add it to my “to be read” pile. I stumbled across this book by accident but it fits perfectly with the types of books I enjoy reading. Thank you to the author for writing such a great novel that not only tells the story of Adam but provides insight on the disease that he faces. I loved seeing the world through Adams eyes and the diary style of the book. I almost cried at the end when he had a meltdown. He struggled so much to try to keep his facade up in front of Mary. I loved how Mary fought for him and accepted him for who he was. I am a sucker for a happy ending to a book. I would definitely recommend this book to others looking to read a coming of age story and accepting who you are.

I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I would recommend this book for others interested in coming of age YA novels. It is very informative.

 

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