Original Publication Date: October 16th 2008
Genre(s): Contemporay, Mystery, Realistic
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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl thought he knew.
I didn't have high expectations going into Paper Towns. I was under the impression that not a lot of people liked this book. Which I found weird, given the synopsis. So I was rather surprised by just how much I loved this.
While Quentin isn't the most likeable character, I didn't hate him. I did find him a tiny bit unrealistic regarding his Margo situation. I feel as though it made him a little one-dimensional.
Margo was an interesting character, and while she was a little attention-seeking, found her to be enjoyable overall.
The secondary characters, Q's friends, Lacey, Radar and Ben were fleshed-out enough for the novel to work, but I don't think they were the strongest characters possible. I don't have any strong feelings towards any of them.
The entire concept of Paper Towns was something that I fell in love with. The mystery elements combined with the contemporary elements blended well and I enjoyed piecing together the clues alongside Quentin.
The pacing of the novel was alright, though I feel as though it was a little bit slow in some places.
As usual, John Green's writing was easy-to-read and very unique.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed Paper Towns, but I find myself not having a lot to say about it. It's my second favourite Green novel so far (The Fault in Our Stars is obviously number one.) Now, the only books from John Green that I need to read are An Abundance of Katherine's and Let it Snow.
Which is your favourite John Green novel?
Until next time,