Review: Paper Towns

paper-townsTitle:  Paper Towns

Author:  John Green

Published:  October 16, 2008

# of Pages:  320

ISBN:  978-0525478188

Rating:  4.5/5

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.

Like Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns is full of amazing characters that feel truly alive to the reader.  John Green has a true talent for writing characters that come to life on the page; that feel like just the people you wish you were friends with.  I definitely felt that way about these characters, as I did with those in Looking for Alaska.

Paper Towns also had a great adventure throughout the book, an adventure that I happily participated in along with Quentin and his friends.  I don’t want to give too much away, because this is the kind of book where you really shouldn’t know a lot of the plot details going in, but I’ll just say that there truly are a lot of fun twists and turns in the story.  I am still not sure how I feel about the way the book ultimately turned out, but I’m willing to be unsure about that because of how excellent the rest of the book was.

I’m so glad I stuck with John Green after reading his first two books, and I’m absolutely excited to see what else he does from here on out.

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13 thoughts on “Review: Paper Towns”

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Heather! I actually liked that it ended as it did…it felt right to me. And like Staci, I can’t wait for his next.

  2. Glad you liked it as much as I did! I still haven’t read his other two yet. I’m kind of just enjoying have them on my TBR list. 🙂

  3. um i kinda didnt like paper towns that much. i expected a lot because it was from the person that wrote looking for alaska (best book ever). the ending was blah, but i suppose it couldnt have realistically ended any other way. i guess it was just the ending that made me disappointed.

    the characters are super well written though. and the writing is clever and witty, makes me literally laugh out loud. especially the part in describing margo’s best friend eating the soul of kittens and the dreams of impoverished children. its brilliantly written.

    love john green. i wanna marry him ❤

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