Saturday, May 24, 2014

Paper Towns

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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


So I started off loving this book where it talks about the all nighter that Margo & "Q" went through. I laughed & enjoyed their night of revenge. Sweet to see Q get to see his childhood friend again & feel a closeness to her again.
... & then she disappears.

The rest after that had me up & down on the book.

I loved the times Q was with his friends Radar & Ben. It felt like real life teenage attitude. Going through prom, graduation, hanging out with friends & having them help you on your hunt for this girl that you had this strange connection to your whole life.

I didn't love so much the 'mystery' part of the book, trying to figure out clues they felt like Margo left them. Trying to find all the 'paper towns' on maps & looking in abandoned places to find the smallest clues... one being a Whitman poem. It just felt repetitive & boring... but then the next chapter would be Q & his friends just being buddies & getting through life together... so it was topsy turvey for me.

The ending? Won't give it away if they find Margo & what the real story is, but I was left again torn on how it all worked out. I felt like it had a solid ending, but did I agree with it? Not sure.

I will say, I do like John Green's writing style. Will read his other books as well.

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