Monday, May 11, 2015

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green
Source: Library
Pages: 305
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: September 22nd 2009
Series: Standalone
Verdict: Borrow

SummaryQuentin 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...

Review: This is my second John Green novel, the first being The Fault in Our Stars of course. While this book was certainly interesting and entertaining, it wasn't a true winner for me. 

The concept of the paper town is very odd. Prior to reading this novel, I had no idea that things like paper towns existed. Now that I know what paper towns are, I'm experiencing some mixed feelings. The incorporation of paper towns into this book is so vital (hence the title) to the storyline, but like Margo, it's a mystery at the beginning all the way to the end. 

The characters were... something. They're quirky, intriguing, and crazy. Quentin and his two best friends, Ben and Radar, have a bond that's so, so weird. Yet it's endearing because their loyalty to each other is evident. And then there's Quentin himself. It's hard to not fall in love with his character as he develops and grows as a person. He's just so nice and sweet and honest. As he searches for Margo, he finds more than was ever expected. He discovers the truth, the lies, and most importantly, he discovers himself. And it's amazing.

Now, Margo's role in the book was enormous. As the book is split into three parts, we get glimpses of the person Margo is in three very different ways. From firsthand experience to gathered information to mysterious clues, Margo is as puzzling as the next unsolved thing. It's hard to see who she is exactly because we know her as Quentin knows her and we see her as Quentin sees her. But we only think we know her and we only think we can see who she is, but after reading this, all I can say is, Does anybody really know who Margo Roth Spiegelman is?

Paper Towns is all kinds of funny. The conversations were hilarious, as were the dynamics. And the content was just tear-inducing. When a certain Santa-related section was first introduced, wow, I don't think I've ever been as shocked in my life. It was just so unexpected and odd that I might have (probably, definitely) become hysterical with laughter when I read that portion of the book. 

This book was an oddity, that's for sure. I still have conflicted feelings about the ending and the whole journey, really, but what I do know is that I enjoyed every single word. It may not be on the same level as The Fault in Our Stars, but I've got to say, John Green's sure got a way with words.

Really enjoyed

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