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John Green's New Novel Helped Him Figure Out His Own Mental Illness

In a visit to AM to DM, Green talked about pulling from his early struggles with OCD to write the main character of Turtles All The Way Down.

In a chat on AM to DM's The Sit Down on Tuesday morning, best-selling author John Green talked about the ways in which his own experiences with OCD helped him write his new novel, Turtles All The Way Down.
The book follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes — who, like Green, has OCD and anxiety — as she tries to solve the mystery of a missing local billionaire. Green said he wanted to write a detective story in which the detective's obsessiveness is "distinctly unhelpful" in trying to solve the case.
"A lot of times, detectives are portrayed as obsessive, and that's somehow linked to their observational genius," Green said. "But that's completely opposite to my experience having OCD, which is that when I'm really sick I can't notice anything outside of the world of myself."

Teens Literature Comes of Age

Here are some YA titles that are pushing the upper edge of the age designation, following the stories of teens the summer after graduation, on into college, and beyond:

I'll Meet You There  by Heather Demetrios
Follows Skylar, a recent high school graduate who is ready to escape her small town for art school with a few unforeseen complications.

Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell and All the Feels by Danika Stone
Features college freshman who are deeply engaged in online culture and fandom.

How To Love by Katie Cotugno
Tells a love story in alternating time lines.

A Little Something Different  by Sandy Hall
Revolves around two students in a college creative writing class who have crushes on each other but just can't seem to get together- until they do.

What We Left Behind  by Robin Talley
About Toni and Gretchen, a lesbian couple, who solid relationship starts to crumble when they attend different colleges.

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
A heartfelt story of a long-d…