Book Review: Paper Towns
Originally posted on I'm Loving Books
Author: John Green
Release date: October 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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 the girl he thought he knew...
ExpectationsI'm very excited to start reading Paper Towns, it will be my second book by John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was an exceptional read, so special. I liked the writing in TFIOS and I'm curious to see how John Green wrote this story. I'm planning on buying the entire box set of John Green, but first I wanted to try one more book to be sure.
ReviewSo I was happy to discover I still like the writing style. It isn't very difficult to like the main character, Quentin. He's an average high school senior. He is described very realistically. Quentin has always admired Margo. She's such an awesome and interesting person to him.
The book evolves around this mystery of Margo's disappearance and Quentin's journey to try to find her and also discover the real Margo. During the book Quentin is wondering if his view of Margo is accurate. Does he know the real Margo like he thought he did?
Quentin's has two great friends. Ben is absolutely hilarious, such a great character. I liked reading the developments around his friends.
It's interesting to see the story develop and witness Quentin's change in perspective. I don't wanna spoil anything, but I especially loved the ending. It made the book even more realistic.
The book has portrayed a great message. Quentin realizes that everyone is also just a person. I love the following quote:
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
And it is, treacherous to believe that. Great quote and great realization too.
I thought it was a very interesting book. Very different than TFIOS, but it still got me thinking, just like TFIOS did. This book stays with you for a while and you will think of this story now and then. I love when that happens, when a book really sticks with you.
RatingI liked it a lot, it was a fast and interesting read.
After reading this I definitely wanna read the other John Green books. If you have a John Green book to recommend, let me know!