Book Review: “Turtles All The Way Down”


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I could not possibly recommend this book any more. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and mending! The main character, Aza Holmes, navigates her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as the mysterious disappearance of her crush’s father. The first time I read this novel, I knew only the stereotype of OCD: the constant straightening of items, the cleaning… but nothing more. I brought the book with me to work one day and my coworker was thrilled that I was reading it because she said that it so accurately summed up what she has dealt with in terms of OCD. The book allowed her to feel SEEN, and she was grateful that it created visibility for people with the disorder. And truly, that is what makes this book SO important; John Green writes from his own experience with OCD, so it is genuine and eye-opening. He writes about OCD in ways that I had never seen portrayed in any form of media before. After I read it, I definitely had more of a grasp on what people with OCD actually experience. 

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