One of the morals Turtles All the Way Down teaches us is that we are stronger when we share our struggles with others. If you recall, sixteen-year-old Aza struggles with both anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as feelings of grief over losing her father. This is a heavy burden for anyone, but like many teens, Aza is reluctant to ask for help, even from her mother and her best friend, Daisy. It is easier to act as if everything is fine than to show vulnerability. What she doesn't recognize is that both her mother and her best friend carry her burdens regardless, because they care about her; her inability to discuss her struggles openly damages her relationship with Daisy for a portion of the novel.
Aza is not the only one who is fearful of asking for help with struggles. Davis, the boy she begins dating, and his brother, Noah, both grapple with inner demons as they attempt to understand their billionaire father's disappearance, becoming even more isolated in the aftermath.
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