Review of “Paper Towns” by John Green

Review of “Paper Towns” by John Green


“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 he thought he knew.”

John Green is the epitome of good, inspirational, thought-provoking writing. “Paper Towns” was published in 2008 and distributed by the Penguin Group and makes you want to find your own Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Everytime I mentioned John Green’s name- at least one person would pipe up about how amazing his work is. Not only have I recently just read this book- I finished it a couple days ago, but I regret hearing so much good things about him but never checking him out sooner.

Apparently he has been very popular for his book, “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Looking For Alaska”, so originally I tried to find those first. Upon not finding either one in my library because they were already rented out, I settled for Paper Towns with its eyecatching, unique cover. Fortunately, I picked it up and started reading immediately.

Paper Towns was like a fresh breath of air compared to the other stuff that I have read- which have either been overly dramatic teen novels, or they have been flashy cliche. But John Green knows exactly how to intrigue your thought process, and really make you admire the little things, and the small usually unnoticable elements around you. Quentin, who has a crush on his next door neighbor, Margo, puts his clever thoughts together as he pieces together her clues. Not speaking to Margo after many years of a tragic experience, Margo shows up at his window, looking for an adventure. Once their outting is over- she doesn’t stop there. Quentin soon figures out, as Margo runs away for the up-teenth time, that Margo might not come back- and maybe she wants him to find her. As Quentin pulls himself over many abandoned subdivisions and poetry books- you’ll find a way to not only connect with Quentin, but connect with Margo as well.

Definitely a must read, if you like to participate with your books. I give it: ★★★★★

Willow Evans – Washington Surveyor