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John Green uses his own experiences with OCD and anxiety to build one of his most authentic characters to date. This book is great for both John Green die-hards as well as those who may have scoffed at his previous foray into the 'sick-lit' genre. While the book explores one's struggle with finding control over their mental health, as the NY Times states 'one needn't be suffering like Aza to identify with it. One need only be human.
by John Green
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. --Goodreads.com
"A wrenching and revelatory novel." --The New York Times
"Green finds the language to describe the indescribable...A must-read for those struggling with mental illness, or for their friends and family." --San Francisco Chronicle
Stacie Muñoz, Director of Educational Technology
Stacie previously recommended:
"Rather than reading a specific book, students who choose this as an option will read a YA novel that has been adapted to a film. The idea is to read the book and see the film! Choose one or more!"
And the options included:
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O'Malley (movie trailer)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (movie trailer)
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and (movie trailer)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (movie trailer)