Once Upon a Bookshelf – Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way DownTurtles All the Way Down by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My friends, if I told you that I have never been so excited to read a book, I would not be lying to you. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I read the first page a few months ago and yesterday, I took full advantage of a rare snow day in Louisiana and read it in one sitting.

Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything.

This story is about Aza, who has always had self confidence issues. Her struggles affect her life everyday and it’s not just her, but her friends too. After an old friend’s dad disappears, they reconnect and Aza tries to solve the mystery. Again, I’m not here to spoil anything!

What I love about this book is how much I can relate to it. People don’t understand how hard living with depression and OCD can be. Throughout the book, Aza has to deal with intrusive thoughts. John Green does a great job representing how these thoughts can totally take control. I deal with this myself. People assume that OCD means you like to clean things, but they don’t understand the “obsessive” part of OCD. Aza’s thoughts make her question everything to the point where she hurts herself – therein lies the compulsion.

If you want to get an idea of what it’s like living with OCD, dealing with it on a regular basis, and finding the strength to find help, you need to read this book.

Thank you for this, John Green.

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