Author: John Green
Publication Date: October 16th, 2008
Pages: 305 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Contemporary
Considering that it’s my third John Green, I’m no longer surprised if it turns out to be good.
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.
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!
Bonus quote (this one is so funny and true haha xD):
Is it just me or I found Paper Towns very similar to Looking for Alaska?