Sunday, July 20, 2014

Paper Towns by John Green Review

Name: Paper Towns
Authors: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: October 16th, 2008
Format: E-book
Buy the book on Amazon
332 pages

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.


My Review:

Everyone that I know either absolutely loved this book, or absolutely hated it. I, however, found myself somewhere in the middle (albeit more on the "I liked it" side). As always, I was intrigued by John Green's writing. He unfailingly crafts engaging characters and weaves delicious relationships that never fail to keep my attention.

There wasn't any one thing about this book that landed it on the "I liked it" list rather than the "best book ever" one, but rather a mix of a few things. For starters, it reminded a lot of some of Green's other books. Margo, for instance, a captivating and provocative character, was quite similar to Alaska, from his Looking for Alaska. Additionally, Quentin reminded me a bit of Colin from An Abundance of Katherines. On top of those two characters (who I still loved, by the way) the plot didn't seem like anything I hadn't read before. The nerdy boys finding popular girlfriends, the road trip, the false images that people have in their heads of the ones they love. It was a brilliantly crafted story, as John Green never fails to create, and it was a delightful read, but it just didn't have that spark for me.

John Green still remains one of my favorite writers to date. His writing is captivating, his characters are enigmatic, and his intelligence is renowned. While this book didn't strike me as the most original piece of writing I've ever read, it still had many wonderful parts. Even though I found Margo and Alaska quite similar, I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed reading about such enchanting yet puzzling characters. I never lost interest throughout the plot, and of course Green's dialogue kept me hooked. I do have to admit that Paper Towns was not my favorite of Green's books. However, I still believe that he is a fantastic writer and I highly recommend all of his books.

My Rating:

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read a John Green novel yet but hope to real soon! Thanks for your great review :)


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