Paper Towns by John Green (Review)

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Synopsis: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Genre: Young Adults Literature, Contemporary, Humor, Mystery

Cover: The cover is nice. Just looking at it I knew there had to be a road trip involved, and there is. You know if a bunch of teenagers are going on a field trip, it is bound to be funny and in this book it certainly is.

What I Have To Say: Paper Towns is narrated by Quentin Jacobsen mostly referred to as “Q”. Q has been in love with Margo ever since he has been a young child, and he has the image of her being the girl next door and, in this case, she actually does live next door. Although Q and Margo have separated and drifted apart over the years, Q cannot give up his infatuation with her or at least the infatuation he has with the idea of her.

Upon one night towards the end of their senior year in high school, Margo knocks on Q’s window and demands his assistance in eleven different acts around town- most based on revenge. Q hesitates to go on this mission, thinking about all of the consequences, but he simply cannot resist the idea of being in the car with Margo. He is thinks of the possibility of driving around town at night, planning to cause a fiasco with her. So he obliges, like expected, and has one unforgettable night with the girl he has a crush on.

The next day, Margo has run away, which is not unusual since she loves to cause havoc by disappearing. But this time there is no sign of her coming back. Q, determined and full of hope, plans to find her and bring her back home so she could fall into his arms. As Q progresses with his mission, he learns more and more about the girl he’s been in love with and that his mission won’t be so easy to complete. He begins to realize over time that maybe Margo does not want to be found at all.

What made this book get four stars was the characters and the hilarious quotes that John Green never disappoints readers with. What I am disappointed with is its evident similarity with Looking For Alaska. Unlike many others, I did not particularly like Looking For Alaska. I was not interested in the plot and the way the main character, Pudge, was so infatuated with a girl that barely paid him any genuine attention to him. Although Margo does give Q more attention and the reader sees the attraction between them, it just isn’t enough to justify Q’s obsession with her. The character Margo herself was a pretty cool character. I can see why she is admired by Q. She is curious and has this great sense of adventure, but at the same time she can be moody and does not appreciate what she has. And based on her actions – does not value friendship. I did not hate her, but I did not love her either.

The supporting characters in this book were magnificent and made me laugh out loud. The quotes said by them are absolutely unforgettable and uproarious. They have so much personality and that is one the things I love about John Green. He is very intricate when it comes to his characters and it is so easy to imagine them as a real person. I loved Ben, Radar, and Lacey who were all great. They are all very real and have their own sense of personality which really does add so much to book and, to me, they were my favorite part to read about.

Last but not least, Q. Q and his anxiety allowed me to make a connection with him. Before engaging in one crazy night with Margo, his hesitation and anxiousness would probably match up with most readers. The way he conquers his fears and allows himself to let go was motivational. It probably prompted many readers to one day let go of their worries and for one night just have as much as fun as they can. I admired that concept in the book the most.

Please feel free to comment and discuss!

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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