John Green’s Newest Book Examines Mental Illness


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Turtles All the Way Down

Alabama-based attorney Edgar (Ed) Gentle, managing partner at Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison, LLC, has extensive experience working for the courts as a special master and settlement administrator in mass tort litigation. An avid reader and published author, Ed Gentle enjoys reading books by John Green, who recently released Turtles All the Way Down following a five year hiatus.

John Green is the bestselling author of books such as Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, and The Fault in Our Stars. His works, which frequently center on the friendships and struggles of adolescents, have struck a chord with young adult readers who resonate with his realistic and often complex characters.

Turtles All the Way Down features 16-year-old Aza and her best friend Daisy, who are on a quest to find clues regarding the whereabouts of a billionaire who is accused of bribery and fraud. At first glance, the billionaire might be named the antagonist of the story. However, as readers begin to discover Aza’s inner struggles, they find that the real battle lies within the teen’s own mind as she struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder and severe anxiety.

Most of Green’s books examine significant struggles with a healthy dose of humor. While Turtles All the Way Down incorporates comedic exchanges, readers are struck by the raw emotions that Aza experiences as her obsessive and anxious thoughts spiral out of control. Drawing on his own experiences with mental illness, Green paints a realistic picture of the wars victims of mental illness wage when symptoms are triggered. Though much of the battle takes place within her own mind, Green also explores the effects of Aza’s condition on her closest friends.

Heartbreaking, raw, and real, Turtles All the Way Down examines themes such as friendship, resilience, loyalty, and love.