Paper Towns by John Green
Release date: Oct 2008
Place on Hold
Synopsis: "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 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.”
Review: I could not put this book down. Although I knew Margo was going to leave Orlando and leave Q behind from reading the synopsis, I felt sorry for the main character when she actually did. I liked the main character for the most part, though at times he and his friends were jerks, and I did not like that. It almost felt as if they were my friends and were being jerks to me. Also, all the parties in the book seem excessive and did not really play a role in moving the story along, but I still liked this book. I enjoyed how John Green wrote it like a sort of treasure hunt for the main character and the reader. (Although one of the clues was obvious and I got a bit frustrated when the main character did not understand.) This book was pretty funny as well, especially towards the end.
I have a few comments about the ending (spoiler alert). I did not like when Margo got mad at Q for finding her, because all the other times she ran away she wanted people to follow her clues, and now suddenly she does not; Q is not a mind reader and has no way of knowing that. I also did not like how the other characters who had come with Q to find Margo had just sort of talked to Margo for 5 minutes and then disappeared in the end, like them seeing Margo was no big deal, like they had seen her normally and everyone wasn’t worrying about her. For all the build up to them finding Margo, I was expecting something more. I felt as if this end provided me with very little closure and, for all the build-up, I was disappointed in the way this book ended.
I started reading this book because of the movie coming out, and I don’t like to see movies of books before I read the book. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries and realistic fiction. It is not really a romance book, as the synopsis implies, but more about one person trying to understand another who he thought he was in love with but really is not. This John Green book is my favorite out of the three I have read so far (I also read “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska”).