It is time for my final post of mental health awareness week and that post is going to be a book review. I am continuing my theme of focusing on anxiety with this books. yep, today it is all about Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Let’s do this!
Well that was intense. Before I say anything else, I just want to say, if you suffer with anxiety or OCD, go into this book with caution. I have anxiety and I had to put this book down on several occasions as it was triggering my anxiety. Please bear that in mind if this book is on your TBR. It is seriously intense.
This has got to be one of the best representations of anxiety that I have ever read. I have never read a depiction so accurate that it has actually caused me to become anxious before. You can really tell that this is an own voices novel. You can feel John’s own anxiety and torment in every word of this book. the way that he talks about anxiety and OCD if just so brutally honest. He doesn’t hold back; he doesn’t shy away from it. It is both extremely hard to read but also incredibly refreshing to read an account of anxiety that doesn’t try to sugar coat it. this book perfectly captured the internal struggle of anxiety (and I am sure that did with the OCD elements as well, but as someone who doesn’t suffer with OCD, I can’t say for definitely). That feeling of being trapped in your own head. The logical part of your brain knowing that you are freaking out for no reason and yet being completely unable to stop it from happening. I feel like everyone should read this book, just to help them get a better understanding of what anxiety truly is, and what it is like trying to live your life with it.
I will admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of some of the storyline in this book. I just found elements of it really dull. I kind of felt like nothing happened for the first 150 pages. but, the spot on representation really helped me to enjoy this book. I also really liked how there wasn’t some turn around miracle moment, when everything got magically better, in fact the main character even went as far as to confront this idea. This book showed mental illness for what it truly is, a journey that lasts a lifetime. With good moments and bad moments and all of the moments in between.
All in all, this is a brilliant representation of mental illness and I am very glad that I have finally read it. even if it did trigger my own anxiety. Everyone should read this book.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green? What did you think about it? And we are at the end of mental health awareness week again. As always, I have left a few links bellow in case you are struggling and need help, and I am always here if you want to talk. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post, I love you all and I will see you all again very soon