Having high expectations of a book is a dangerous thing.
John Green’s last book was a worldwide hit. I personally loved The Fault In Our Stars. I remember crying my eyeballs out while reading it and loving the narrative, the characters, their personalities and the cruel reality check that hit us at the end of the book. Although it was classified as a Young Adult book, it appealed to everyone (my mum, my aunt and my mother in law -who definitely do not belong to the YA demographic- read it and loved it.
So, the expectations were high when I bought his most recent book Turtles All The Way Down. To be honest, I did like the book, it’s easy to read and, in my case, I could, sort-of, relate to the main character, Aziz and her mental health condition but I felt something was missing. I didn’t feel as connected to the story as I did with his previous books. Some of the things that happened in the book are very random and contrary to TFIOS, this book does feel like a book for Young Adults.
I haven’t read many YA books that show the mental health problems that a 16-year-old girl may face and this book does it brilliantly and for that, I think is worth reading. Turtles All The Way Down gives you a closer look at the thoughts and actions of a teenager when her anxiety and her OCD get out of control, which for some of us, it’s like reading what has happened to us at some point in our lives and make us realise that going through things like that is more common than we think.
After finishing the book… there is only one question unanswered…
Overall this book gets a 3.5 out of 5. If you would like to know more about the book click HERE!