Turtles All the Way Down is an own voice book by John Green about a girl struggling with her fathers death, and with Obsessiveness Compulsive Disorder.
In the past I have loved the way that Green is able to build these dynamic characters. His books are one of the few that have caused me to shed tears. Yet, all the emotion is missing from this book. I wonder if it was just too close to home that he distanced himself off when he wrote it.
I also wonder at the way he described OCD. I do not have OCD. I do have a form of autism that consists of compulsive behavior, and I have a child that has extreme anxiety and obsessive and compulsive behavior. Yet, nothing that Green described really resonated with me. It also did not connect me to the main character. If anything I felt distance was continually being built.
To top it off the plot was not really anything spectacular. I felt like it was an over done story that did not add anything new. The actual writing was fine, but not breathtaking. Without the strong characters that Green is amazing at, I felt this book was lacking.
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