Not only is John Green the famous author of the young-adult novel The Fault in Our Stars, but he also lives with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - which is what makes his latest book unlike the rest.
Turtles All The Way Down follows a teenage girl named Aza who has OCD. Green's experience as an OCD survivor and advocate is demonstrated through Aza’s trials and tribulations throughout the novel.
When asked about writing Turtles All The Way Down, Green explained, "I couldn't write about anything else. ... I have OCD and it is a really important part of my life, and at times it is a disabling part of my life. But I also have a really wonderful, fulfilling life."
Green describes OCD as an “invasive weed” within his brain. He fears contamination. He fears contracting some sort of disease. And that’s how his OCD works - he exhibits a variety of compulsive behaviors as a way to cope with these overwhelming fears.
Being diagnosed with OCD has affected Green’s real life over the years - he hopes that Turtles All The Way Down can help others better understand this often misunderstood disorder.
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