Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Posted May 19, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns by John Green
Published by Bloomsbury UK on March 12th 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780142414934
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & Noble

From the bestselling author of The Fault in our Stars, this beautiful special edition hardback is perfect for any John Green fan. Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge, he cannot help but follow. But the next day Margo doesn't come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery - culminating in another awesome road trip across America - he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for. Masterfully written by John Green, this is a thoughtful, insightful and hilarious coming-of-age story.


The Good…:

John Green’s Paper Towns is like his other books in that it’s full of great and interesting characters. In this story the main character, Quentin, is obsessed with his childhood friend Margo Roth Spiegelman. On the outside Margo appears to be like every variation of “Cool Girl” you see in television and read about in novels. She’s the type of girl Amy Dunne rants and raves about in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. She beautiful, but not too beautiful. She’s smart, funny, feels comfortable hanging with her girls or with the boys. She’s a daredevil who does the unexpected. She’s mythical and unobtainable. She’s got a great curvy body, but acts unaware of her appeal. In other words, she doesn’t seem real. The entire novel we read about Margo as how she’s viewed by Quentin, but after Margo mysteriously disappears, we begin to grow closer to who Margot is in real life, instead of in Quentin’s imagination.

This method of storytelling helps the reader unravel the mystery as Quentin’s sidekick, and points out that no matter how much we think we know someone, we really only see what they chose to show us. I really enjoyed Quentin and his friends, and think I fell in love with the Margot Quentin believed he knew. I’m not too sure if I’m fond of the real Margot, but I don’t want to talk about spoilers. If you’ve read Paper Towns, you’ll probably figure out what turns me off about her.

The Bad…:

As much as I enjoyed The Mystery of Margot, and Quentin’s search of her, I’m not really a fan of how obsessed with Margot Quentin is in the book. His obsession is very unhealthy, and was a bit unnerving as the book continues on. What went from a cute crush on the girl next door grows into an obsession that seems very destructive to Quentin and his relationships with others. However, I loved how Green has Quentin’s best friends, Radar and Ben, point this out throughout the book. Honestly, this aspect of the story begin to chip away at my enjoyment by the last 100 pages of the novel.

Do I Recommend?

I have a love/hate relationship with John Green. He’s such a fantastic writer, and writes these great novels, but they really do tear you up on the inside. However, I did really enjoy Paper Towns, and plan to see the movie when it hits theaters this summer. Due to Quentin’s obsessive behavior and the irritating, though realistic, ending, I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

Film Trailer

Source: 20th Century Fox

About John Green

John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.


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