John Green’s New Novel Inspired by His Own Experiences With OCD

John Green’s New Novel Inspired by His Own Experiences With OCD

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By now, you’ve probably heard of John Green’s newest book, Turtles all the Way Down. But did you know that, unlike his other novels, this work comes from Green’s real life experience? Green’s personal struggle with mental illness enabled him to candidly write from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Aza.   In TATWD, Aza is overwhelmed by compulsive thoughts and anxiety the same way that Green has been his entire life. From a young age, he’s battled with OCD and anxiety. TATWD came to be after Green had one particularly bad spell with his illnesses. He told the New York Times, “Coming out of that, it was difficult to write about anything else.”   …