This one has been on my to read list foreeeeeevvvver. I have always been a huge John Green fan (The Fault In Our Stars anyone?! Dear god I loved that one) Needless to say, I had high hopes for this one.
Spoiler alert….I loved it.
16 year old Aza and her larger than life best friend Daisy embark on an adventure in search of a missing billionaire, who just so happens to be the father of a childhood friend, Davis, who Aza met at a grief camp when they were children. The two girls are caught sneaking around on Davis’ property in search of clues, and thus reignites the once friendship (now possibly more??) between Aza and Davis. The thing is, Aza isn’t well. Her intrusive and obsessive thoughts are wrecking havoc on her life, and she begins a downward spiral that she isn’t sure she can pull herself back from.
I don’t know why I continue to be amazed at how well Green captures the minds and emotions of people so well, but every time I finish one of his books I just slowly clap for the master… bravo John!
This young adult fiction really explores so many relevant topics; mental health, relationships, loss, grief, and unwavering friendship and loyalty. Although it’s never exactly labeled in the book, Aza seems to suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder and/or obsessive compulsive disorder. Her struggle is gripping, and I found myself completely sucked in when her mind began to spiral and the intrusive thoughts won out over her rational thinking. It wasn’t a book with a happy ending where the girl gets the guy, and they overcome their issues to ride off into the sunset, and honestly, that’s ok. It’s real life. It was the journey through the muck and the fear and loss of control that really made the story. Despite the lack of a picture perfect happy ending, there was hope. Aza was a superbly written character and as secondary as Daisy seemed at first to me in the novel, she really was a great character in and of herself. She kind of sneaks up on you.
As a side note, I really love all the obscure trivia I picked up from the book including , but not limited to, attributes of a tuatara, gut health, and clostridium difficle colitis.
Overall, definitely recommend this one!
Until next week friends!