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How John Green’s Own OCD Struggle Inspired ‘Turtles All the Way Down’

John Green opened up to Us Weekly exclusively about how his own struggle with OCD inspired his 2017 novel, ‘Turtles All the Way Down’

Green said that while crafting the YA book, he wanted to write about the extreme ups and downs that come with battling mental illness while simultaneously depicting it as “honestly” as he possibly could. Crediting Marks for her ability to properly capture OCD in a “powerful” and thought-provoking way, he told Us she “really understood from the beginning how to have this visual set of expressions and audio sensations that could really mimic the experience of being in an intrusive thoughts spiral.” Although the film will inevitably feature multiple changes going from page to screen, there is one aspect of the story Green hopes will still clearly resonate with new and old fans alike: the friendship between Aza and her best friend, Daisy (Cincchino).

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