Inside the mind of Aza is a terrible place to be.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
The latest John Green novel got published in October 2017. We know John Green from The Fault In Our Stars. Turtles all the way down is a young adult novel that tells us the story of Aza. She is a 16-year-old girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. John Green himself suffered from this disorder when he was young. When a billionaire that lives close by suddenly disappears, Aza reaches out to his son. She also feels the need to solve the mystery of where he disappeared to. Her friend Daisy helps her because she could really use the hundred-thousand-dollar reward for information that leads to his appearance.
THE MENTAL ILLNESS
A lot of people will jokingly state that they are so OCD. Most people don’t know how bad it can be, though. Seeing Aza’s inner thoughts and struggles, are really eye-opening. She constantly fears infections such as C. diff, and she keeps on re-opening a callous on her finger to drain out pathogens. It is not something that she can control or stop doing. Luckily Aza has close friends and a caring mother that helps to keep her grounded. However, when the relationship between her and billionaire kid Davis gets more serious, her mental problems actually increases.
TURTLES AND TUATARAS
The expression, Turtles all the way down, actually helped Aza with self-acceptance. The turtles refer to a cosmic turtle that carries the world on it. When a college professor tried to disprove this concept to a lady, he asked her what the turtle stands on. She replied that it stands on another turtle. When he asked her what the second turtle stands on, the lady replied, it is turtles all the way down. When her friend Daisy tell her this story, she could relate and apply the expression to her life.
The billionaire has a pet tuatara. It looks like a lizard, but it is actually more of a dragon. I have never heard of it, but after reading the book, I know all about it. The tuatara is important because the missing billionaire left his whole estate to the tuatara and absolutely nothing to his two sons. Father of the year? I don’t think so. If the billionaire is declared dead, the sons will have nothing. If he stays missing, he won’t be legally declared dead for another seven years, so the brothers will at least be able to live comfortably until then. It is a difficult time for them because the thought that their father might be dead is in a way just as bad as the thought that he abandoned them willingly.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
I love reading young adult books, even though I am much more adult than young. This book was great. The characters have gone through enough difficult times to give them a type of innocent maturity. It is a story with rich content and believable characters. Do yourself the favor of reading it, you won’t be sorry that you did.
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