Title/Author: Paper Towns by John Green
Publisher/Year: Speak on September 22, 2009
Genre: YA Contemporary
Other Books by Author: The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: 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.
I’m going to start off by saying that I think that Paper Towns has been my favourite John Green novel to date. I was so absorbed by the content in this book that I had trouble focusing on any other task at hand! The plot moved swiftly, and was paced very well leaving my unable to put the book down for only very short intervals!!!
Paper Towns is centred around a boy named Quentin, or Q, for short, who has been admiring his love, Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar for far too many years. They used to be friends when they were younger, but time has torn them apart. However, on one fateful night in Q’s high school life, Margo climbs back into his life – literally! She crawls through his bedroom window in the middle of the night wanting his help on an epic nighttime revenge adventure. I think that this part may have been my favourite part of the book. Their dangerous, rule breaking escapades had me living on the edge vicariously through their story. It was fun for me, because I’m always the person who never breaks the rules, and never even comes close to toeing the line of rebellion. Anyway, after their super fun night out, Margo has mysteriously disappeared, but not without leaving a couple of clues behind.
Quentin takes it upon himself to look for Margo with all his might. And boy does he take his search seriously. I can’t imagine being able to piece together little tiny bits of information from the past with very, VERY subtle clues in order to find my friend. Even if I really wanted to and was trying with all my might! So props to Q for that one. Throughout the course of this novel, Q grows in so many ways, and is on his way to becoming part of a new person. I’m always a sucker for some good character development! Ben and Radar, Q’s friends are two of the most funny characters in the book, and I was always glad to read about them. As for Margo, she really is a mystery.
One more thing to note about this book is that although it may seem pretty heavy in terms of content, it is laced with humour on every page. Reading this book is easy and fun and interesting and I encourage everyone to do so.
Like I said above, this is my favourite John Green book. I don’t really know why, because I also really love Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. Paper Towns just has some sort of intangible amazing quality about it that I cannot describe, but is experienced when it is read. If you are looking for a witty, funny mysterious novel written from a male POV, then this is the book for you!
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
Jamie says that Paper Towns is “witty, heartwarming, and quirky.”
Estelle says “READ THIS NOW.”