I didn’t blog yesterday. No big deal to normal people, but a very big deal to a polytheist who swore not to go longer than 7 days without blogging. I’m crazy, I’m clinically crazy, but I find this disturbing.
But the book!
Turtles All The Way Down, John Green, is not all it’s cracked up to be. Aza is not a detective, she just happens to have a boy with a missing Dad. She’s a pretty typical teenager who happens to have OCD symptoms, but didn’t entirely fit in with my experience as Aspergian with OCD. I know everyone experiences it differently, but he could’ve added a little more.
First, the OCD. Her habit of picking at her thumb is about the only regular compulsion she gets. She doesn’t feel the need to organize bookshelves or cross out the days on the calendar. Yes, everybody gets different compulsions, but they tend to get multiple unrelated ones.
The “thought spirals” were very realistic. Downward thought patterns that get more detailed further on, making the thinker more withdrawn. Aza always gets depressed by this, and they can be depressing, but they can also be fun. They’re useful when writing a story or thinking about a scientific concept.
I know everyone gets it differently, but I think John could’ve done better. He had the chance to do something different, create a girl detective, OCD rep. His stuff is getting repetitive, and it’s dull.
How’d you like Turtles? John Green in general?