Paper Towns {Book review}


Published Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: Speak
Author: John Green
Pages: 305
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

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. -Summary from Goodreads

So…okay. Imagine going to your favorite Mexican restaurant {mine is La Fiesta Brava – their big burrito is off the chain} and you order a plate of nachos. These nachos have everything you love on it {maybe even salmon if you like that kind of thing}. Your mouth is watering. You can’t wait to dig in because you’ve had them before, you know they’re the best evs. And when you do, it’s just like heaven. Crunchy, delicious, cheesy, amazeballs. You’re getting down to your last bite, a bite that’s got a little of everything on it. You put the last nacho in your mouth and… it’s the most soggy, disgusting,… *gags* *swallows* *shudders* blech. It’s a horrible ending to an awesome plate of nachos.

That’s what reading this book was like.

Paper Towns starts off so strong, like most of Green’s novels do. Quentin {our main character} has a mega crush on his quirky, hot neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman {in my head I read it as one word, MargoRothSpiegelman}. She’s popular, he is not. She’s daring, he enjoys boredom. She’s a little crazy, he’s a little predictable. However, at midnight just a month or so before they are due to graduate highschool, MargoRothSpiegelman knocks on Q’s window and convinces him to embark on the craziest night of his life. Said night includes but is not limited to: revenge, breaking, entering, fish, Veet {it’s like Nair}, The Club, Seaworld. After aforementioned crazy night full of shenanigans that only happen in YA novels, Margo disappears. However, she’s left behind clues that send Q on a ridiculous let’s find Margo spree. And for the rest of the novel, we look for MargoRothSpiegelman.

Let me tell ya, the build up is phenom. It’s great! In true John Green style, you’re left cracking up every other page. He’s got a formula that works and it’s all about the friendships and the banter and the jokes. GAHHH the jokes, folks. It’s nonstop. The clues and the wild goose chase and mystery… it’s ALL AWESOME. But then we get to the ending and it’s soggy and gross and not as awesome as the rest of the literary nachos. *sigh* Oh well. It was still a great book! I still liked it a lot. Green has a gift for lines that stick with me. From this book, it was this quote:

“It is so hard to leave – until you leave. And then it is the easiest damned thing in the world.”

So, if you’re into books that have solid characters with great personalities, that will make you laugh, that will make you turn the page at lightening speed, then this is your book!


7 thoughts on “Paper Towns {Book review}

  1. I agree, the ending was a bit blah. This was my first Green book and much prefer it over Alaska. My favourite quote is “what a treacherous thing, to believe that a person is more than a person” (or something, recalling from memory-

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