Aza Holmes, a high school student in Indianapolis, struggles from tremendous anxiety, OCD and overwhelming phobia of germs. Her friend Daisy is a carefree, down to earth girl who stands by Aza even when both their characters and attitudes are completely opposite. News break out about Russell Pickett, a billionaire who went missing all of a sudden and who also happens to be the father of Aza's childhood acquaintance Davis. Aza and Daisy are determined to solve the Russell Pickett mystery, thereby trying to get the reward while Davis has to cope with multiple situations at home: the loss of his mother, disappearance of his father, young brighter Noah etc. Eventually, Aza and Davis start dating each other and how her anxiety disorder comes in the way and what exactly happened to the Pickett billionaire forms the crux of the story.
Two stars and that's me being generous. Yes, you read right. This is my first novel by John Green and I haven't read FIOS, but I would surely say that the author has used the anxiety disorder and OCD in this book the way Cancer was used for the previous novel. I agree that John Green has excessive love for teenage issues but I felt it being forced down by him onto the book. In order to keep the plot different from FIOS, he had used another side plot of the missing man mystery. That's all. At parts the book felt too much for YA fiction, whilst also at some parts it felt too childish and lagging. Overall, I felt like this book received huge hype and response just because it was from the author of FIOS.
John Green fans, sorry not sorry.
My ratings: 🌟🌟
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