Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. –Goodreads
I’m not really a fan of John Green, the author. What I mean by that is, as a person, I think he’s a cool guy. I’ve watched some of his YouTube videos and he seems very genuine and interesting. His books on the other hand…aren’t, at least, not wholly.
I remember reading Paper Towns and absolutely hating it. I didn’t like the main character, finding him a little too immature, and the story was so bare and pretentious. After reading this, I didn’t even want to touch The Fault in Our Stars since, on top of all the John Green-isms, sick kid lit isn’t really one of my interests.
But, once I read the description for Turtles, I decided to give him another chance. Anxiety and OCD is something I can slightly relate to and, seeing that John actually has OCD, I thought this would a different kind of read. In some cases, I was right. The book has a truly realistic and non-romantic view of these two illnesses, to the point where it becomes unsettling to see Aza constantly spiral downwards. This is the story I so wanted to see; however, every now and then those Green-isms pop up to ruin the balance of the story.
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