Sunday, November 9, 2014
"Paper Towns" by John Green
Publication: 2009 by SPEAK
Format: Paperback; 305 pages
Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depo
From Goodreads: Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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 the girl he thought he knew...
My Thoughts: Oh, John Green, will you ever write anything that I don't like? No? Didn't think so. Paper Towns is an excellent coming of age story with tons of life lessons, humor, and mystery weaved into it. Simply put, if you liked Looking for Alaska, then you will enjoy Paper Towns.
But I do have some small issues with it. First of all, this was my least favorite John Green book. Did that mean it sucked? No freaking way. It is a John Green book after all, and anything that man writes I will gladly devour. So, no it didn't suck, but it also didn't hold the same intensity that Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars held for me.
Second, I do have to agree with some of the other reviewers. there are some similarities to Alaska/ Margo and Miles/Q. But they're by far not the same characters... just the same formula. Which yeah, is a bit disappointing, but doesn't really take anything away from the story itself.
Bottom Line: I would recommend this book only after Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. If you've read both and are looking for something to cure your John Green book hang-over then definitely pick this one up. Otherwise, start with the other two.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars