I’m crushed.
It was expectable for this book to be good, but what I really didn’t see coming was this raw intensity that gets under your skin.
I rarely cry because of a book, but this one had me in tears for the last few chapters. Maybe I was so moved and touched by the story because the protagonist has to deal with mental health issues, which I, too experienced in my adolescence, and John Green did an amazing job on showing how it feels to have to live with a mental illness. Of course, everybody experiences that in different ways, but Green’s idea of telling the story from Aza’s point of view really draws the reader in her so-called “thought-spirals”, so even a person who never had to deal with any mental health issue will kind of experience how exhausting and scary this can be.
To be honest, I find it extremely hard to write a review of this book because I don’t think I can put the feeling you get whilst reading it into words (another example of how humans are language-based creatures), so if you want to feel deep emotions alongside very real characters, pick up this book, curl up on your couch and keep the tissues at hand.
Turtles all the way down will probably help you understand mental health problems better and maybe it will bring you one step closer to accepting things for what they are without trying to change what cannot be changed.

​Journeythroughthemind has been founded in 2016 by 21-year-old Kristina. The Austrian writer and copywriting student discovered her love for writing and books in her early childhood and has since then written numerous texts in both English and German. The original idea for the blog was to share reviews of books with fellow book-lovers, but when Kristina made the decision to pursue a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle in autumn 2018, she decided to share her experiences on the blog as well. In short, Jourenythroughthemind is indeed a journey through literature and sustainability with the occasional post about fashion, beauty, fitness or mental health.

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