Although I think I rated his past books higher when I was younger, objectively speaking now, I think this is John Green’s best book yet. The way that mental health is treated in this book is so spot on for how I sometimes feel in my own struggles. It also avoids a fair amount of tropes that are commonly repeated in his past books. While initially Aza’s narrative sounds super pretentious, I realized that I was basically the same way as a teen with undiagnosed anxiety. (Heck, I gave a speech to thousands of people based on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock as a teen.)
Seriously, I know several people will try to avoid this book saying it’s overhyped. Instead, it’s a much needed look at uncontrollable anxiety—and it’s a very honest look.