BOOK REVIEW: Paper Towns, by John Green

Posted 28 March, 2012 by Kristilyn in Favourites, Literature & Fiction, Young Adult Fiction / 10 Comments

Released: September 22, 2009 (Speak)

Challenge: 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge
Buy Now From: Amazon

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night – dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

My Thoughts

I feel like I’m still somewhat new to the loveliness of John Green. A few years ago I read Looking for Alaska and remember loving it, but then never pursued his writing any further. Now I feel like I’ve been living under a rock having not devoured everything of his, but with his newest book having come out this year, I knew I had to get out from under that rock and read everything he had to offer!

Paper Towns wasn’t anything I expected. It’s a coming-of-age story, but with a little romance in it (I look for the romance in all books), with a touch of adventure and friendship. The story starts with Quentin, who lives next door to Margo. Margo takes Quentin — who has been in love with Margo forever — on a journey he’ll never forget, before she disappears. Quentin hears that Margo has always left clues whenever she left in the past, so he takes it upon himself to follow the clues and find her.

I loved how this book was about searching — not only searching for Margo, but searching to figure out who you are, searching for friendship, and searching to find out what matters — to find out what’s on the inside. Of course, with all of this searching, the book isn’t written in some fluffy, philosophical way, but in a nerdy, hilarious boy-way. The dialogue was great, and the characters were memorable. Green writes in a way that connects to any reader — it was amazing how I got right into the book from the first page.

Being a book about finding the answers in life, it wasn’t so cut and paste when I got to the end. I don’t want to ruin it for future readers, but I liked how Green didn’t write a story to just satisfy a reader, but one that was more similar to everyday life. Not everything is easy and I loved how Green can write such an appealing novel about such hard topics. You don’t even realize you’re reading a book about heavy things until you finish it.

I love John Green and he has crept up there to the top spots of my favourite authors. I will now look forward to and recommend everything he writes. If you haven’t read any of his works, pick any of them up — I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Watch the author John Green talk about his book Paper Towns in this hilarious video:


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About Kristilyn

Kristilyn is a Canadian book blogger, music listener & creator, proud mama, and general lover of life. Her necessities include fuzzy socks, a library full of good books, a fully charged Kindle, copious amounts of tea, and chocolate. Swoon-worthy book boys are also welcome.


10 Responses to “BOOK REVIEW: Paper Towns, by John Green”

  1. Papertowns isn’t my favorite of John Green’s works, but I still loved it. The character of Margo really annoyed me for most of the book, I just couldn’t get over her selfishness and immaturity. Although, some of their little adventure the night before she left did make me laugh out loud.

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