Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
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. At its core, Turtles All the Way Down is about a young woman struggling with her own mental illness while trying to live a normal teenage life. John Green masterfully tackles a subject many face but few understand and even fewer understand within the context of the teen-mind. As always, he writes beautifully with sentences that are almost an art form all on their own. “…your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.” When the author has the ability to make you close the book and reflect for a while on such a profound concept, by the third sentence in, you know you have a beautifully crafted book in your hands.