Book Review: Paper Towns


Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Release Date: September 22nd 2009
Publisher: Speak
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★
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Who is the real Margo?

Quentin 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...

My Review: 

I read Paper Towns a couple years ago and I absolutely loved it. My first John Green novel was Looking For Alaska and my second was Paper Towns. It's been a few years since I originally read this novel, and I wondered if it would still hold up in my memory. 

John Green's novels tend to follow the genre of smart, witty teenagers in coming of age stories. Paper Towns is a mystery novel, as Q goes on a quest to find his crush, Margo, who he finds effortlessly cool and mysterious. 

Green does a great job at taking stereotypes and archetypes that each character fits into, and breaks them down over the course of the story. 

I've like the ending, which I won't spoil, that Q's idea of Margo is shattered and ultimately, putting people on a pedestal will always lead to disappointment. It's not an idealistic ending, but I've always liked it. 

This is a great book and I recommend reading this if you want a contemporary novel that not's über romantic like The Fault In Our Stars

I will post a book and movie comparison of Paper Towns that will go up on Wednesday! 

Paper Towns is available here

If you've read Paper Towns, what did you think of the novel? 

-Amanda Leon 

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  1. It's my favourite John Green novel yet, I also have a review on it. Curious about the movie so I'll be back Wednesday

  2. I loved your review on it! I posted my movie and book comparion so if you haven't seen it, it's right here

    X Amanda