Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
I loved The Fault in Our Stars! It was such a beautiful and insightful book, that I figured I should read more of John Green's works. So, I kindled a copy of Paper Towns. I was so excited to step back into a world created by Green, that I immediately started reading this book. And, the more I read, well, the more disappointed I became. Paper Towns was not the book I was expecting. Instead of an engaging and amazing story, I got a book filled with ramblings about paper people and paper towns. Oh, and a mystery thrown in for good measure - where in the world is Margo Roth Spiegelman? Ack! What a disappointment! I was actually so unhappy with the book that I contemplated not finishing it, but I read on until the very end ( I had hoped that Green would have salvaged the story by the end - I was wrong).
Paper Towns was a book that didn't really seem to go anywhere. It was unrealistic and filled with stereotypical characters. I found myself bored by it. The idea that Q was chosen to find Margo via her clues was ridiculous considering that they had barely spoken in several years (except for their one night of revenge). I honestly could care less what happened to Margo - she was a selfish young woman who didn't really seem to care who she hurt or left behind. And Q's obsession with finding her was overly annoying. I would definitely not recommend Paper Towns, but I would read more Green. I'm convinced that this book was a one-off and that the next Green book I read will be terrific. Fingers crossed!