I posted my thoughts on Goodreads, but here they are as well:
Aza Holmes suffers from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), although the condition is not mentioned by name at any point in the book (unless I missed it). When I say this book focuses on a truth, it is because many people have a gross misconception of what OCD is. It’s not just wanting everything to be clean, or wanting everything a certain way. It results from intrusive thoughts that arrive at unwanted times, and can lead to thought spirals, as this book clearly shows. I love reading books focused on the character’s psychology, because the narration can connect to anyone who feels like they are alone with their tortured thoughts. It makes you see that everyone has thoughts that they consider uniquely their own. A word that is commonly used to describe a good book is “triumph”. Turtles All the Way Down is a TRIUMPH for anyone suffering from a mental health issue they feel they cannot escape and they feel that others cannot understand, and an essential read for anyone who misunderstands those suffering from mental health. To combat mental health, there has to be understanding on both sides. The individual has to understand that there is help, and their support group has to understand the individual. I’m grateful that this book exists. I don’t have OCD, but I feel that I understand it at a much deeper level, although I recognize that different people experience it in different ways. I do have anxiety, and I’m thankful that there may be people reading this book who gain a deeper understanding of what that means. Ultimately, I’m really glad that John Green was able to write this book. I know it was deeply personal for him, and I can only imagine how cathartic of an experience it was for him to write Aza’s story.