Sunday, February 2, 2014

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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 Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.


I was truly amazed by this book; the language, the humor, the adventure. This book was 2 parts mystery, 1 part romance, 1 part a coming-of-age story, and 1 part a comedy. The sardonic writing style gave it a hilarious touch as we get an insight into the lives of high school seniors as their last year slowly winds to a close.

Our main character, Quentin "Q" Jacobs is introduced as irrevocably in love with a girl from his childhood, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo is one of those girls who always seems as if there is an aura of awesomeness about her; the queen, too coin a term, of school society. As the years pass Quentin finds himself drifting toward his own friend group aka the band-geeks, and Margo takes her place in the popular crowd. One night, Margo bursts into his room, and asks for his cooperation in executing a revenge campaign on anyone who has wronged her in high school. Then, the next day she mysteriously disappears. And Q sets out to figure out the mystery that is Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Q is an interesting character. In spite of his uptight character, he falls in love with Margo, and admires her from afar. But when she disappears, he embarks on a journey to find her. I found that sweet, because he didn't want her to turn into one of those crazy mess-ups that people warn their kids about. I felt that showed he truly loved her. Despite his age, he has deep thoughts of what people's lives are really like. He is able to put himself in someone else's shoes and think about what their lives might be like. I liked the fact that he was a multi-faceted character. His relationship with Margo definitely changed him for the better, and this is what's so hard about John Green books. You can't describe the plot and characters too much or you lose the essence of the book. So, I would just say, read it. I'm sure John Green fans understand what I mean by this. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you will enjoy this book.

Overall Rating: ★ 3 stars
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