Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin
Date Published: October 16, 2008
Pages: 305

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. (

Awesome! This book definitely did a fantastic job of making the world suck less; true Nerdfighter quality (see the Vlog Brothers for more information on Nerdfighters). Well done John Green, well done!

Margo Roth Spiegelman. What a name! Like in Looking for Alaska, Green has created an adventurous and eccentric female character who is central to the plot without making very many physical appearances in the story. When Margo disappears right after their crazy night of reeking havoc on their hometown, Q (with the help of friends) begins wild goose chase for Margo through a series of seemingly disconnected clues.

Q's coming-of-age story is driven by the search for Margo; and in this search he learns that people are not really as they seem. This life-changing revelation leads Q to examine himself, the way he views others, and his connections to others. Through this fascinating story, Green encourages readers to ponder the people and connections in their own lives. "Maybe we're grass--our roots are so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is alive."

Green has expertly crafted a story that grabbed me from the beginning. There are twists and turns throughout that left me surprised and wanting more. The characters in the story were very likable. His band geek friends were quite humorous. I especially liked Radar and his parents' collection of black Santas. I thought Q's character, who undoubtedly grows throughout the novel, was very well developed . However, I did find his obsession with Margo a little strange; though, this quality did kind of moves the story. Without Q's longing for his perfect idea of Margo, there would not have been the crazy impromptu adventure to search for her.

If you have not had a chance to check out this book, definitely pick up a copy as soon as possible!


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