Book Review: Paper Towns

by - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Author: John Green
Young Adult, Coming of Age
Form: Paperback

Book Description: Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green Book Review

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

Book Review ~ Paper Towns

Reading Paper Towns was an adventure. It is fun and sad at the same time. It is a great coming of age novel! - Ara @ My Book and My Coffee

The story revolves around Quentin and his fascination towards Margo Roth Spiegelman. She is literally the girl next door. They were neighbors and were friends since they were kids. But time changed and one of them became the popular one. She is popular, he is not. They haven’t talked for a long time until that one he-thought-was-a-normal night. 

I love Quentin’s character. He may not be the cool one according to high school but he is relatable and in real life, I think he would be a good, cool friend. 

Margo’s character was confusing to me at first but I got where she was and what she was thinking. I was like Quentin, while reading this novel. This is in the sense that I actually want to know her, the real her, how she thinks and all. She was a mystery and I just really liked to understand her because maybe I am a paper girl, too. I didn’t exactly think like her. Yes, adventure and travelling - I both love. But the way she saw life and living is something that I didn't experience but maybe because we just think differently. But I’ve come to understand her in the end. Just like Quentin. So, okay. This is you, you feel that you need to do this, okay. This is you. And she’s not me. He's not her. He's not Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Quentin’s friends: Ben, Radar and Lacey. I like how they’ve supported Q. Lacey’s a new friend and I thought she will be playing a really bad part in the novel but yeah, she surprised me. Ben and Radar are fun. For me, they feel (and give) comfort from each other more than they care to admit. 

The meaning of Paper Towns from the novel is really not new to me. I mean, I know the concept of finding one's self. And the situation where you're lost that you need to get away from it all to find yourself. Or just thinking about the 'way things and life are supposed to be'. 

Paper Towns is a great read. I cried while reading the last 5 to 6 paragraphs of the book. Partly because it is not the ending that I wanted but I didn’t really know how I want it to end. But also because the scenario of knowing what you want to do versus what you heart makes you feel. And that the ‘knowing’ part of the scenario is winning. 

If you like Young Adult/ coming of age novels, I suggest you add this to your reading list. As I said, it is an adventure. A mystery of some sort. 

Thanks for reading! Have you read Paper Towns yet? What did you think about it? Feel free to comment below or send a tweet!

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