Paper Towns by John Green

At home, nerdy Quentin and beautiful, popular Margo are only a yard apart, but at paper townsschool, they are on complete opposite sides of the social ladder. Q, completely infatuated with the captivating Margo Roth Spiegelman, agrees to a crazy night of mischief and revenge with her, hoping it means that they can be close friends again. But when morning comes, Margo is nowhere to be found.

What I Thought of Paper Towns

Yet again, teens cannot get enough of John Green’s writing. Although some parts of Paper Towns were as amazing as I expected, I was also somewhat disappointed with other aspects. To start off with the good, I loved the plot in general. It never bored me, but was also not overly investigative or mysterious. It was simply a teenager looking for another teenager, realistically seen through the eyes of a teenager. The plot-line made this book impossible to put down. Another great part of this book was the overall theme. Margo and Q’s contrasting point of views on their town led to countless powerful quotes and conversations. Their opinions were unique yet relatable, and make Paper Towns stand out from other realistic fiction books.

What really let me down in Paper Towns were the characters. At first glance, they are different and unique: Q, who doesn’t mind being bored but is in love with the most wild girl in the school; Margo, who is a living legend of a high schooler; Ben, the fun-loving and spirited sidekick; and Lacey, the popular girl who is out of her comfort zone. But as the story progresses, it becomes obvious that they are actually very problematic characters and people. Q is obsessively searching for someone who doesn’t want to be found, all the while being a jerk to his friends who just want to have a normal school year. Margo never treats Quentin like she should, Ben’s over-usage of the word “honeybunny” made him sound annoying and shallow, and Lacey was just boring. Right when I had started to think that maybe there had been some character development with Margo, the ending came and I realized that she was as aggravatingly selfish as ever.

Overall, Paper Towns is a good book. It has an original and unique story line that makes it a big page-turner. The only reason that I can’t give a rating of 5 stars despite the fact that I read it in one sitting is that the characters really got on my nerves sometimes. They did have their good moments, but if you’re the kind of person who analyzes everything you read, Paper Towns is probably not for you in terms of characters. However, if you like an unconventional realistic fiction book, you’ve found a good one. With a very well-written plot and prevalent theme, Paper Towns gets a 4 star rating from me.

The most memorable part of Paper Towns was when everyone banded together during the car drive to find Margo. Along with it being laugh out loud hilarious, this part was my favorite because it showed an unlikely group of friends coming together for a single cause: Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars