Turtles All The Way Down: Review

Prologue: Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I wanted to begin this year off (a tad late) but to a great start! I thought, what better way than with a book review of my current favorite read thus far in 2018. I will be spacing them out within my normal posts but I LOVE reading so you have a lot to look forward to! Without further anticipation let us begin-

This book follows a young teen character named Aza who has suffers from severe anxiety, OCD.  Aza and her best friend Daisy are investigating the disappearance of the billionaire Mr. Russell Pickett in order to get the hundred thousand dollar reward. Along the way we follow an introduction of an old friend Davis, the exploration of love, and the true thoughts that constrict Aza of leading a normal life.  Throughout the book we see glimpse of what it is like for Aza on a daily basis to deal with the most mundane things, to life choices. I find it so disheartening to know that there are so many people out there who may suffer from the same or similar mental illnesses and are still trying to find the strength to get through it. At times Aza explains her illness in ways I never imagined and it really goes to show how little we really know about these interior battles they face.

A few of my favorite quotes include:

“Your now is not your forever”

“You are as real as anyone, and your doubts make you more real, not less”

I found this book to be so powerful- it is so often that we can only ‘imagine’ what people with illnesses face. This book provided me an abundance of insight into a young woman who is merely trying to heal and experience a normal high school life while her thoughts impede it every step of the way.  This is the most recent of John Greens books, however, I have read every other book he has ever written as well and this is a close second to being my favorite. The way the Green writes makes you feel as though you are living the same experiences and the characters feel like your friends. I often find myself getting lost in his books and feeling the same loss or happiness that the characters do along the way.

If you have not yet read any of John Greens books- you are missing out. My top three recommendations (if I had to choose) would be (1) The Fault in Our Stars, (2) Turtles All the Way Down, (3) an Abundance of Katherines.  If you liked The Fault in Our Stars then you will fall in love with Aza’s kind heart as well.  I always love a good book where romance and a soulmate is not the end all be all of the book, and the underlying message truly shining through.

An addition note would be to really take in what you are reading, as these are things that some people are living through and experiencing daily. It is so easy for us to ‘feel bad’ for someone without understanding what it is they are fighting for.  If you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness I have provided links that could be useful to read or just someone to talk to.

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The Wait: Review

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I have been a fan of Devon Franklin since my sister introduced me to his first book “Produced by Faith” and I instantly found myself so impressed by his writing style and his sense of purpose. A few things that really inspire me about him include how he stands up for his faith, for serving God as a preacher and how he doesn’t let that affect his career – in fact it has only furthered his career as a producer.  When I found out that he married Meagan Good I was so surprised, firstly because I only knew of her as an actress and I didn’t really associate her with being an outspoken Christian. Soon after, I found out that Devon and Meagan wrote a book called “The Wait” which was released in early March 2016.

I have since read the entire book and WOW. Have you ever read a book that you like so much that you intentionally drag it out as much as possible? The day finally came where I had to finish it and I’m so sad it’s over. I feel like this book has answered so many internal questions that I didn’t even know I had. For so long I have struggled with wanting to settle down and much of it has to do with the phrase itself. Why would I want to SETTLE for just anyone? I know the right person is out there for me but I have been approaching it all wrong.

In the generation I am from, the 90’s it’s a miracle if you find someone who is actually in a serious relationship that you can guarantee is heading for marriage. Don’t get me wrong I’m not judging anyone’s relationship and I wish you all the best, I’m just stating a fact. A lot of the people my age are just “talking” or “seeing where it goes” which doesn’t make any sense at all. If you don’t know where you’re heading as a couple you should probably talk about that considering that you’re investing so much time on them. This book has clarified to me the importance of taking your time to really get to know people, we don’t always take our time to explore the person we’re interested in other ways than just sexually.

As humans we want to show our “love” or “passion” by touch or by giving ourselves to the person we care about. In all honesty I never knew why I was “waiting” before but now that I see the importance of that Waiting process I realize that if you are waiting to be intimate with anyone it should be for a reason, not just because you’re having a dry spell. There are many lessons about this, about learning more about who you really are, and learning who God has for you. I would give this book 5/5 on a 1 to 5 scale, not because I’m biased but because this book really spoke to me and I am so thankful that these two shared their experience and I wish them nothing but blessings in their marriage. I thank you for writing about the reality that is marriage in this day and age, and doing your part to point people in the right direction.