Sixteen year old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Character development: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mental Health portrayal: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I have a love-hate relationship with John Green’s novels. The Fault In Our Stars is one of my favourite books, however his other novels I kind of disliked. Because of this, I was really wary of reading TATWD, I didn’t want it to be a generic story about a girl with mental health problems, who meets a boy who cures them all like magic. Thankfully, it wasn’t like that and I am so glad I picked it up.
I gave it an overall 4.5 out of 5 stars, I read it in one sitting and was completely engrossed in the story.
I think the main thing I would like to talk about is John’s portrayal of OCD. Seeing Aza really suffer at the beginning of the novel, refusing and forgetting to take her medication as she thought they made her worse is so realistic. I have been there! I am assuming that John has also been in the situation, too? Then, seeing her slowly getting better towards the end of this book is really refreshing and made me feel kind of hopeful(?), I don’t suffer from OCD but I feel as though this book portrays it very, very well.
Another thing I would like to discuss is the relationships in this book, and how it is shown that mental health can get in the way of creating and maintaining good and healthy relationships with your family and peers. Thankfully, at the end of this book, Aza’s relationship with her family and friends are very strong. They have fought and overcome the mental health strains and come through even stronger, and that is so lovely to read about.
I did enjoy the mystery of the book. It wasn’t the best mystery I have ever read about, and if I’m being honest the mystery was not what was making me turn the pages. However, that being said, it was not the worst mystery I have ever read about either, and I still wanted to know the outcome as the novel went on.
Can I just also say, that I love Davis and the way he understands and accepts all of Aza’s flaws. I think it’s beautiful.
So, all of that being said, overall I think this book is beautiful. Giving it 4.5/5 stars 🌟 shows that I really, really loved it.
John Green is back! 😍
Demi // firstpagewonders