Book Review: Paper Towns

paper townsJohn Green is absolutely one of my new favorite authors! After reluctantly reading The Fault in Our Stars which I ended up loving, I decided to try him again and it was totally worth it.

Paper Towns follows Quentin aka Q and his journey to find his childhood love, Margo Roth Spiegelman, who has disappeared from town after a night of adventure with Q. But really the tale is about so much more than that. What starts out as revenge, becomes a road map to understanding Margo after she leaves town.

The story is an adventure in and of itself. It’s as gripping as an action movie. There are a couple of dips but it’s an overall high that keeps the pages turning. I read the entire thing in chunks, about 4 to be exact. It made me too amped up before bed so I read it in between classes and homework.

Q is a quiet but handsome kid who is an outcast among the outcast. He doesn’t really fit in with the band geeks and yet, he is always with them because his two best friends are part of that crowd. Margo, on the other hand, is the queen of the high school castle. Everyone loves her and more importantly, their lives tend to be Margo-centric.

In typical high school fashion, there is much debate over prom and graduation. But after Margo discovers a secret and uses Q to help exact her revenge, all the petty drama falls away. Not.

Margo disappears after a night of adventure with Q, including breaking into a theme park. He is dazed and confused and much like everyone else, thinks that Margo will be back after another short term away. However, after the weekend passes and she still hasn’t shown up, Q becomes concerned and starts looking. And he find a trail. One that may or may not lead to Margo.

The final section of the book is by far my favorite piece. What Q and his companions go thru to track down Margo is fantastic. Few people can write a reality that seems so real. Teenagers with no super powers but determined to save the heroine. The mishaps are what make it wonderful but are also not impossible.

The ending pissed me off a bit but I also kind of expected it. Green has a way of writing that both makes you think, keeps you guessing, and makes you want to laugh and cry in the same paragraph. There is depth under the frivolity and Q ends up learning more than he bargained for. If you haven’t read this yet, I would definitely tell you to jump on this train. Take it back to high school and live it up.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

My personal rating: 93

  • Writing style – 10
  • Plot – 9
  • Dialogue – 10
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 10
  • Love story – 8
  • Invokes emotion – 8
  • Synopsis accuracy – 10
  • Consistent level of interest – 8
  • Stays on topic – 10
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10

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