Paper Towns – book review

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns is a beautifully written and absorbing book, written by John Green.

Quentin Jacobson has spent his whole life loving the adventurous and sometimes puzzling Margo Roth Spiegelman from a distance. When Margo jumps back into Q’s life – through a window and dressed like a ninja with a clever idea for revenge – he follows.

But after their all-nighter, Q arrives at school to find that he doesn’t actually know Margo like he thought he did. She had always been an enigma, but now she was a complete mystery. Soon Q realises that there are clues meant for him to find. He is urged to follow this disconnected path but the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew…

I really enjoyed reading Paper Towns and my favourite thing about it would definitely be the characters. I’ve fallen in love with every book I’ve read by John Green because the characters seem so real and are relatable. I love how John creates characters that are intricate delicately woven together. No characters are one-dimensional and they all have their faults and their differences. I was intrigued in the plot and I was so curious as to what was going to happen. I didn’t love the storyline, but that was okay because the characters complimented the plot and they fit perfectly together. The writing was really amusing and I loved the conversations the characters had. Like in the other books by John Green, this story was full of metaphors and I loved the beautiful and poetic descriptions throughout the pages.
I’m going to start off by talking about Margo. I didn’t really know where I stood with her. She could either be nice, completely rude or make you want to run and hide. Sometimes it was all three at once. At the start of the book, I liked her. She seemed like a fun person to be around, if not a little crazy. I enjoyed seeing her interact with Q and I loved their conversations. One of my favourite parts of the book was when she and Q were out at night. That part of the book was really thrilling to read and I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages. It was fascinating to see how far Q would go to impress this girl. I’m not completely sure why he liked her so much, but I guess that’s like life. Sometimes you can’t choose who you fall in love with; love chooses you.
Q was a really interesting character to read about. I loved the way he thought about things and his determination was one of my favourite things about him. Although he could come across as a bit of a scaredy-cat sometimes, he’s willing to do anything for his friends and to impress Margo. I really liked Q’s personality and the way him and his friends talked to each other. They conversations they had were hilarious and I laughed out loud on numerous occasions while reading. I completely loved all of the other characters in the book, no matter how minor they were. Each character seemed vibrant and alive, which is what made this book really stand out for me.
The middle part of the book didn’t fascinate me, but I was definitely interested in what was going to happen in the end. The thing I liked about the middle section of this book was finding the clues. I can’t really say any more than that without spoiling it, but it was interesting to see what clues and hints were left behind. I got a little tired of the prom talk after a while and I became impatient towards the end. Surprisingly, I really liked the ending. I expected it to be much more momentous than it was, but I loved it anyway. I was holding out for the big finish and although I felt a little let down, the ending this book has is very reflective of life. Some parts of out lives don’t have definite endings and with the ending of Paper Towns, it gives us space to wonder about the future of these characters. And I have to say, I loved the metaphors at the end of the book and I really want to play Metaphysical Eye-Spy now!
This book is so real and so relatable. I completely love John’s writing and fall in love with the characters he writes. I loved the journeys these characters went on, both physically and emotionally. This book gets you to think about the idea of a person, compared to the person they really are, because it’s unfair to presume things of someone when you don’t truly understand who they are. I really enjoyed reading Paper Towns by John Green and I’d give it a score of 8 out of 10. If you loved Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, I definitely recommend this book!

5 thoughts on “Paper Towns – book review

  1. Nice review. I’m in the midst of reading Paper Towns, after reading most of John Green’s other books. My favorite of his is Looking for Alaska. Have you read that one, yet?

    • Thanks! I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska as well, but The Fault in Our Stars is definitely my favourite. It’s been a while since I’ve read Looking for Alaska though, so I’m hoping to reread it again soon and do a review to share my thoughts!

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