[Review] Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: October 16th, 2008
Pages: 305 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Contemporary

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.

Considering that it’s my third John Green, I’m no longer surprised if it turns out to be good.

“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

Quentin is a regular school boy and likes to admire the girl who happens to be his neighbor and childhood friend. This girl is Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night, Margo asks Q to come with her to do eleven parts campaign of revenge and Q agrees. However the next day, Margo leaves clues for Q and runs away.  Together with his friends – Radar, Ben and Lacey – Q must find Margo before it’s too late.

“But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs.”

If you have read a few John Green, then I’ll say that you’re already familiar with his style: enjoyable writing and character-driven plot with philosophy. Well, Paper Towns is no exception. This book is divided into three parts: The Strings, The Grass and The Vessel. Each part focuses on a certain philosophy of life and how it affects Quentin on his “quest” to find Margo. If I had to choose one as my favorite, I’d pick The Vessel because the car trip was so fun and hilarious. I kept smiling as I turned the pages and some scenes managed to make me laugh. 😀

I really liked Q’s friends. They are actually reliable even though sometimes they have their own business to do and Q thinks that they don’t care about his problem (finding Margo) at all, which is totally wrong. Radar, Lacey and especially Ben – they add some humors to the journey of finding Margo and to be honest, they make the book much more enjoyable.

I mention before that there is philosophy in this book. While I thought there were some inspiring things, to be honest, some metaphors or whatever left me utterly confused. I re-read a few paragraphs over and over but I didn’t get them so I sorta left them that way. One thing that made me disappointed is how Margo reacted but overall, I’m really really pleased with the ending. I also noticed that this book occasionally switches from past tense into present tense (like in page 140-149). I don’t have any problems with this fact but I’m wondering why, though.

For fans of John Green – or anyone, really – who haven’t read this yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for but I think you’ll enjoy this one!

4 Cakes!

Bonus quote (this one is so funny and true haha xD):

“Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.”

Is it just me or I found Paper Towns very similar to Looking for Alaska?


    I cannot wait to read this x] it sounds so good and you know I have big big big heart with philosophy-related book xD
    Definitely in my must-read-list before I become an old lady who is always busy with papers 😛 Great review Kezia xD


    1. Thanks, Lucy! Well, all John Green books are must-read! xD Hope you’ll enjoy this when you read it one day! I think you’ll understand the philosophy (metaphors) better than I did. :3


  2. Looking back on Paper Towns it would have to be my second favourite JG book. And I too found that Q’s friends added some great humor to the story and the road trip was so fun. I think this book sends a powerful messages but it doesn’t rid the fun part of this novel too. I think I preferred this to LFA although the lead characters were similar. Great Review, DFTBA!!


    1. Yep, I agree with most of your points, except I think I liked Looking for Alaska better than Paper Towns 🙂


  3. I haven’t read any John Green books (I know! such a crime) but when I do, I’ll definitely read Faults in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and then Paper Towns. My best friend is an absolute fan of his books but I can’t believe I haven’t picked them up yet! Great review, Kezia!


    1. I read John Green’s books in exactly that order! 😀 Don’t worry, my first John Green was a couple months ago. Better late than never, right? 😉


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