The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.
Time for a new audiobook! 🤗
Edit: I made it 35 minutes in and had to bail. The narrator was terrible, she sounded too robotic.
Caveat: I've not read YA fiction in ages.
As everyone is saying, John Green does an amazing job at allowing us to empathize with the MC's obsessive thoughts. How heartbreakingly sad it is.
The mystery was wrapped up quickly and really not that interesting, but I guess the book wasn't about that.
And are all YA teen characters so wonderfully articulate, funny and erudite?
Def recommend a read, and check out John's youtube channel.
My first John Green book was just okay. While the portrayal of Aza's mental illness was eye-opening, I didn't really love the story. I thought the side story about the missing CEO seemed kind of pointless. I hoped it would all connect somehow and add some depth to the plot, but it didn't. There is definitely beautiful writing in here, but at times it felt entitled and even unrealistic.
Dear god, this book. Where do I even begin? Well, with the obvious. You should read it. And read it again. And put it on a special place on your bookshelf so you can see it every morning, so it can remind you about the magic of the world, the magic of people, of healing, of best friends, of love. If it doesn't break your heart, I don't know if you really have one. By far my favorite John Green book. 5/5 stars. 💛
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This book was wonderful. So true to life about mental illness and how it can isolate you without you having much control but also how getting help can make you better, not heal you, but make you better. Warning though I found myself disassociating a little bit while reading due to my own mental illness so please have care if this is an issue for you
It has been a long day...
Settling down ito my armchair,
Now I hear the gentle prattle of rain,
I can smell the fresh brewed coffee,
With each page I turn, I am lulled deep into the embrace of another world, another life, and even though it is for a short while, I feel like I am at home away from home...💕☕️🌧️
Honestly I just really enjoyed this book!
I sympathized with main character Aza Holmes as she tries desperately to not let herself fall further into her downward spiral. How can she do everyday activities when there is bacteria growing everywhere?
When she begins eating hand sanitizer to help clean her insides, I felt like I was going to cry for her. What a wonderfully described character.
A very solid read, and what an insight into anxiety.
I hear ya, Aza...
Not what I was expecting so far but I am pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to the second half.
I checked this out on a whim two days ago while perusing the available audiobooks at the library. I have fiercely hated John Greene‘s other books (why does he always kill his main character).
This book though. 😍 To see anxiety portrayed so fiercely was refreshing. The irrationality of it. The way you know it‘s irrational but can‘t stop. We need more books that portray mental health in a way that‘s brutal but honest.
My first John Green, might be my last, not because it isn't good, it is, but right now it was a bad choice for someone having anxiety problems, but hey MC and I are on the same med now, so that was weird 😂. Also it's not my norm, so no shade, just maybe not for me.
This is a brilliant dive into the head of someone suffering from acute anxiety. The monologue inside the main characters head takes center stage and you get to experience her spirals as her situation devolves. Having dealt with these mental health issues in my own family, I was struck with how relatable her experiences were.
Continuing the #readathon on the slightly sketchy, warped deck at my new house. I don‘t have patio furniture yet, so I‘m just sitting on some cushion. I‘ve forgotten what sunlight feels like!
My brain is a noisy mess, making it hard to read lately, but I‘m trying! I‘ve been rereading Turtles for its lightness and for its relatability (the narrator‘s brain is a noisy mess like mine!). About 1/3 of the way through now, which is awesome. Happy #readathon!
While I didn‘t particularly care for some of the key characters (mostly Daisy, I really didn‘t like Daisy), this book is an important addition to YA fiction. It‘s not perfect, but it is one of the most honest depictions of mental illness I‘ve encountered and this is absolutely a conversation that society needs to start having more often, especially with our young people.
Might be unpopular here but I did NOT like this. Since when do teenagers talk and think like philosophers? Also, I listened to it and the narrator was horrid. Added to my frustration. Couldn‘t wait for it to end.