In this young adult novel, 16-year-old Aza Holmes journeys through life and love while living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Her quest for answers leads her to unexpected places – both inside and outside herself. OCD isn’t just about cleanliness or germs.
For who is this book for ?
This novel is for young adults who want to read about somebody their own age going through a tough time. Aza’s story rings true for many people, and will hopefully help them feel less alone.
- Aza is a realistic and relatable character
- The book does an excellent job of portraying OCD and its challenges
- There are many interesting plot twists
- It might be triggering for people with OCD
- It could induce anxiety in readers
- The protagonist’s mental health is explored in depth, which some may find uncomfortable
Learn more about the author
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. John was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. With his brother Hank, he creates vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), a popular online video blog project.
“This book is amazing. John Green’s writing style makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, and he never sugarcoats anything.”
“This book is beautiful, painful, and real. It’s achingly honest portrayal of mental illness and all its ugly truths. I loved it.”
“OCD isn’t just about cleanliness or germs,”
“Aza’s OCD is spot-on, and it was really interesting to read about her thought process.”