Turtles All the Way Down by John Green; published 2017 by Dutton Books
I’m just coming up for air from the whirlpool—or maybe quicksand—that is this book. One of the best/worst book hangovers I’ve had in a long time. I love that feeling!
This is the story of Aza and Daisy and Davis, high schoolers in Indiana. Aza has severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Her brain cannot let go of the idea that she comes into contact with millions of microbes every day, which may result in any number of horrific diseases. She has the symptoms for rare diseases memorized in a catalog that her brain uses to torture her every time she comes into contact with a new potential carrier—which is anything, everything. The Band-Aid on her finger hides a small cut that she can never quite let heal because she is obsessed with the idea that it is constantly infected, and so she needs to keep opening it to drain the pus.
Davis is Aza’s childhood friend, the son of a well-known and very corrupt billionaire. Just before he is supposed to be arrested, Davis’s dad disappears, leaving Davis and his brother completely alone. A reward is set for any information on his whereabouts. Aza and Daisy (Aza’s best friend) realize that they have some information that could help find him.Continue Reading