Sixteen 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.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
I was quite concerned about Aza’s anxiety and mental health being Romanticized (which I’ve seen in many books btw) but THANK GOD that was not the case.
So, surprisingly enough, I loved this book. I found Aza to be raw, real and a relatable character. She does not get better or her mental health is not cured completely, her anxiety and obsessive thoughts are a constant battle for her and it is a continuous problem during the whole story, which makes sense because Aza’s mental illness is a constant and unrelenting problem. It will take time to get better, it Is not something which goes away one fine morning.
There are some graphic scenes, which are disturbing but show the ugly and real side of the illness.
One of the challenges with pain – physical or psychic – is that we can really only approach it through a metaphor.
I really liked how all those around Aza were portrayed. Her bestfriend Daisy, was very understanding and supportive of her but at the end of the day, she is human and it is not easy when your loved ones have a mental health problem. Her way of Coping was exactly how a teenager would react. Her relationship with her mother and the ongoing investigation which ends in her being friends with Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Overall, the relationships are not overall negative or filled with unicorns and rainbows. They’re how it’s supposed to be.
The story line was simple. There were not so many elements in it. Everything just fit perfectly.
The writing is my FAVOURITE PART. I was literally marking each and every line with a pencil, because obviously John Green knows exactly what to say at that exact moment.
Nobody ever says anything is too bad to be true.
Also, the ending. I was really scared that it’s going to be some happy clichéd ending but I was not disappointed at all!
I LOVED this book, and I have to say this one was by far the best work of John Green. The mental illness is sad, frustrating, brutal but not hopeless.
Pick up and read. You won’t be disappointed. 5 stars.