“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.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I have loved John Green since reading The fault in our stars so when I saw that he had released a new book I knew I had to read it. I have to admit that I had quite a mixed reaction to this book. If I was rating it solely on the plot, around two thirds of the book was a three but then it kind of picked up in the final third of the book making it about a four. However, if I was rating it solely on Aza and the portrayal of mental health I would probably rate it a five, so it ultimately averages to four stars. I feel like although the slow plot let it down a little, it was enjoyable overall.
Aza does make the book. I felt like I was Aza, like I was immersed in her story, not just reading a book. I would just loose myself in the story. Although I don’t have OCD, I struggle with anxiety so I feel like I understand some of what Aza is feeling. Daisy was an interesting character because even though I did like her and you know that her intentions are good, she is that person who at times doesn’t understand what it’s like to be you and makes your mental health out to be just a personality flaw, as though Aza chooses to be that way which I hated her for. However, you do end up liking Daisy again by the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
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