“Turtles All the Way Down,” by John Green, is a book about mental illness and a girl trying to find a way to be who she wants to be, past her disability.

The main character is Aza Holmes. She has major anxiety that forces her to obsess over the possibility of contracting a certain disease that could kill her. Aza wants to live a normal life, but her mental illness keeps her from doing what she wants to.

Her best friend from childhood, Davis Pickett, comes back into her life after his father disappears. Then Aza gets involved in the search. Davis likes Aza, and she likes him, but her mental condition does not allow her to get too close to him.

Personal Review:

I thought this book was super interesting because the story displays how Aza’s mental illness takes over her life. She tries to complete everyday tasks and be a teenager, but her condition prohibits her from being able to do some of these things. I loved Davis and Aza together and as friends.

They were both always there for each other with Davis’s father disappearing and Aza’s anxiety being at an all-time high. There is also a lot of humor thrown into the book, which I enjoyed since some of the things Aza goes through are very sad.

The family relationships are also huge, with both Aza and Davis lacking their fathers. The end of the story is sort of a cliffhanger, but overall, I enjoyed this book.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

KYLIE HAGMANN is a blogger for The Vidette Blogger. She can be contacted at kahagma@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @kyliehagmann

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