Imagine, your father is a billionaire.
A billionaire chairman of an Engineering Company who has just announced that his entire estate would be given to his pet Tuatara.
Wait!!! Do you know what a Tuatara is?
Let me start from the starting.
JOHN GREEN. I just love this guy. There’s a thing though, I love one of his book ‘Looking for Alaska’ more than ‘The Fault in our Stars’. A lot of people might not agree with me on this but it’s cool, those are just my thoughts.
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Penguin UK
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So, I bought this book along with Norwegian Wood of Haruki Murakami at just Rs. 150 from a stall at Connaught Place, New Delhi. BTW, there’s no better place than Delhi, if you want to buy books. You can go to Dariyaganj, Connaught Place etc.
Well, now talking about the book. Russell Pickett, the billionaire chairman of Pickett Engineering recently went missing and now there’s a $100,000 reward for anyone who has any information on Rusell Pickett, and that’s when our main protagonist Aza Holmes with her best friend Daisy decides to go after this reward.
Davis Pickett, who is the son of Russell Pickett is Aza’s old childhood friend and thus Daisy persuades Aza to reconnect with Davis and try to solve the mystery of Russell’s disappearance. Soon Aza and Davis begin dating and…
Wait!!! I forgot to tell you the most important thing!
Our main protagonist, Aza Holmes is struggling with crippling anxiety and overwhelming germ phobia for years. And trust me when I say that John Green’s writing will make you feel like you’re inside of Aza’s head. Therefore, let me warn you, If you’re suffering from OCD, anxiety or any sort of mental illness, then don’t read this book as it will stress you out. It’ll wring your emotions out (not like YA books but like Hard-hitting-soul-wrenching Book) and if you’re not, then trust me, this book will provide you a glimpse of what it’s like to live with a mental illness.
Generally, John Green’s novels have the romance as a main focal point but here the romance has taken a back seat as the front seat is occupied by Aza’s own personal mental health journey.
Ok, so the plot of the book is slow but still, it is very good.
Talking about Aza. I think she is very quiet as she is always locked in her own head.
The whole book is in a way based on OCD but the irony is that the term ‘OCD’ hasn’t been used even once in the book. Here, you’re not reading about someone who is with OCD, you’re experiencing what it’s like to have OCD.
Talking about Daisy (Aza’s best friend) who calls Aza,’Holmesy’. I don’t like her. I mean I don’t like the way she talks and also I think that she’s sort of mean. She has never betrayed Aza or anything like that. I am not being Judgemental, but that’s how I felt.
Talking about Davis, the son of the missing multi-billionaire is actually quite philosophical. He has big dreams. He loves astronomy. He’s a great brother. I wouldn’t say that he’s laconic but whatever he speaks, he speaks deep things. I like him.
The ending is just unimaginable. It will shatter all your thoughts about happy endings. Just can’t reveal more!
So, all in all, if you’re into YA or not, you should read it as this book apart from Aza’s and Davis’s story talks about who we actually are.
My Rating: 4/5
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