Turtles All the Way Down | John Green

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So I caved. I bought Turtles All the Way Down. When this was released on the 10th October, it was absolutely everywhere and still is. It seemed everyone on my Goodreads was reading it, it was all over Instagram and Twitter, booktube, which is probably why I caved into that side of me that is always saying I need to buy more books. I went ahead and bought it, even though I said I wasn't going to because (apologies to those who love everything and anything by John Green) when I read the only other two books of his, I really did not like them. As I read them so long ago now I can't even remember the specifics as to why, I just have the vague memory of not being very impressed with the plot or the characters and found his whole style to be too wordy, which it true for Turtles All the Way Down is too, but somehow it didn't hinder the book for me as much as it did for the others.

But I am so glad that I gave in and bought it as 1. it was surprisingly cheap when I spotted it on Amazon, especially for a lovely hardback, 2. I love the cover with the bright orange, and 3. The message behind this book is so important and eye-opening, I can't recommend it enough

For those who don't know, Turtles All the Way Down is about a girl, Aza, who struggles daily with OCD, a mental illness that prevents her from doing things like eating her lunch without her mind constantly worried about the microbes surrounding her. For someone who doesn't struggle with OCD, I can only give my own view on the subject from an outside perspective, but this insight into what it is like to live with such an illness that is so incredible and realistically portrayed by John Green, is something everyone should have. Not to sympathise with those who deal every day with similar illnesses, but to gain some kind of empathy for what it is like to live with and some perspective.

Which is why I gave this book 4 stars as whilst the plot itself wasn't all that great, lacking a bit of something to really make it stand on its own two feet, the powerful depiction of Aza's life made this novel one that will affect some and help many others. To broach a topic which many people shy away from, John Green is once again shining the light onto what needs to be discussed instead of avoiding it. The more people who do so, the better it will hopefully become for those who they themselves suffer from mental illness, or knows and cares for someone who does, as the archaic view of ignoring those who struggle with mental health can destroyed, instead making way to discover new ways to help.

At the end of Turtles All the Way Down, John Green left some websites for those who were affected by the topics of the book, either worried for themselves of those they care about, and I thought I would leave them linked below for anyone else who might be in need of them. 

Thank you so much for reading, if you read and enjoyed or disliked Turtles All the Way Down or it affected you in any way, comment below your thoughts. 

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