Paper Towns by John Green
Posted December 4, 2008on:
Author: John Green
Rating: NA (See Below)
Summary: (Taken from Amazon)
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.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.
My Thoughts: I’m finding it impossible to rate this one. My feelings about it are completely mixed. I’ve read nothing but shining reviews for this one so it had a lot to live up to and I’m not sure it did. On the other hand, it was definitely an interesting read.
Paper Towns starts off with young Margo and Quentin finding a dead body. Then you fast forward a few years to their senior year. They’re still neighbors but in completely different cliques. Until Margo climbs back through Quentin’s window and demands they go for an adventure. At the end of the night, Quentin is sure things will have changed by morning. And they have, but not really for the better. Margo is gone. But she’s left a trail of clues. Or so he thinks.
It sounds really exciting and I guess it is. I loved the whole midnight adventure part. But, after that, there was nothing that really kept me intrigued. Sure, I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters but not to the point where I couldn’t put the book down. Everything just seemed so dry and bland. Probably about 50% of the book was all about Quentin worrying about Margo. So, while I was reading the book, I didn’t think it was all that special.
Fastforward a few hours after I’ve finished the book. I’m on the computer, chatting with my friends, when I go “Holy crap” and start thinking about the book. Then I realized I loved it. I can’t say what it was. But this book, as a whole, affected me. There was a raw truthfulness about the paper people in paper towns and how while they weren’t always real, the memories were. That just really struck home with me.
So I can’t really grade this book because as I was reading it, I really thought it kind of sucked. I still feel no attachment to the characters but looking back on the story as a whole, it still wasn’t what I expected but there was definitely something about it that would make me recommend it.