Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Turtles is written in first person past tense with a considerable portion in second person, not something you see very often. The narrator is Aza Holmes who is coping with her mental illness and an obsession with the millions of microbes that occupy her gut and all human guts. The story brings together three teens from very different economic levels and family structures. The main theme I found asked what holds us together as friends and what assures us that someone really is our friend? And maybe foremost how willing are we to be a friend who daily faces challenges to their mental health?