Book Review || Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him.

Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

#1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars John Green crafts a brilliantly funny and moving coming-of-age journey about true friendship and true love.

  • Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Fiction
  • Pages: 305
  • Edition: Speak, Paperback (September 2009)

[Published October 2008| Source: Goodreads]

Here I am, reviewing this book after more than a decade since it was published. This is my first John Green book and I’d like to share my thoughts about it.

First, it took me months to finish this book. It even put me on a reading slump. I was just not excited to flip through the pages at all. But I don’t like DNF-ing books, so… I pushed through. However, I always had to condition myself before picking up where I left off and that’s not a very fun experience. Reading this felt more like a chore to me instead of an escape.

Probably my expectations were too high? because it’s John Green? you know? what could go wrong?

Well, me. I was wrong.

Quentin reminded me heavily of Tom from 500 days of summer. It was hard for me to relate to his point of view. He’s a flawed character and his flaws annoyed me. His point of view revolves around his idea of Margo—the perfect, magnificent, beautiful Margo—therefore making him lose sight of other important things. For Q, Margo is the main focus, but all in all, this book isn’t really about her. Margo is just a side character.

But she’s one good thing that happened to this book.

I know a lot of readers ended up hating her. But that’s not the case for me. I adored her character. I understood her. I’ve seen some comments saying that she’s an a-hole and such, but for me? she’s not. She’s just a girl. A girl who’s bold enough to do what she wants, take control of her life and stand for what she believes in. She’s not responsible for any of Q’s actions, I understand that she got people worried over her sudden disappearance but that’s her life. And she doesn’t answer to anyone (literally).

Although it wasn’t engaging enough for me, the writing was—of course—great. The wit, humor, and sarcasm were excellent. Realistic portrayal of adolescence. Beautiful quotes scattered through the pages. However, I’d say that this book isn’t for me. Maybe I’m just not a contemporary book kind-of-person? or maybe this book is indeed really boring. This isn’t a book that will glue you on your seat. I feel like most part of this book was all about stalling the main character for something big that’s about to happen—which didn’t happen. I think this book is a good light read before bed or when you have nothing more important to do and just want your mind to be somewhere else—or better yet, just watch the movie. I personally think it’s a lot better. It’s one of those rare occasions where the movie is better than the book.

Have you read Paper Towns? What are your thoughts?

“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.”

― Q, Paper Towns by John Green

2.5 / 5


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