‘Paper Towns’ by John Green ★★★★★

PaperTownsWell, that book was really something. John Green: you’re an amazing writer. I love contemporary-real-life-new-town-new-life kind of books and Paper Towns was definitely one of the best I have read thus far. It was an easy read in the sense that I wanted to know what would happen so I wouldn’t put it down, but on the other hand, I had to really read it. I needed to understand the message of the author which took time and patience. This novel had me laughing, had me confused, frustrated, angry, sad, remorseful and longing for things to happen all at the same time. The only thing I regret about this novel is not reading it sooner! It sure was an eye-opener.

Parts 1 & 2

First and foremost, Quentin Jacobsen = the best narrator of all time. Honestly, reading the book from his perspective made the my entire reading experience so interesting and worthwhile  He was funny, honest, smart and dedicated to everything he does. Also, one thing that allowed me to understand and appreciate this book even more, is that he was real. The issues and events that Green packs into this novel really show the silent struggles that some teenagers can come across and it was interesting to see how Q handled them.

He didn’t really know who the real Margo Roth Spiegelman was. The girl next door that shared that same traumatic life event with him, bonding them in some sort of strange way, was not the paper-girl version that she made herself out to be. But who was she? Nobody knew. I liked this idea of the book as it made for a really interesting storyline. It is true though. Do we ever really know one another? Margo just wanted to get away from the people around her and the life she was living – she was tired, really.

Aside from the main plot, I quite enjoyed the relationships made throughout the novel. Quentin’s closest friends are Ben and Radar and no one else really. As soon as Margo is out of the picture and everyone is missing her, the two groups of friends come together and realize that they aren’t that much different from one another. They’re all seniors, all graduating, some going to college, other not. I thought that was interesting – to see how, even when she wasn’t there anymore, how they were all affected by Margo in one way or another.

Part 3

The road-trip. Full of laughs, full of life lessons (one of them being, don’t forget to pee before you enter a vehicle for a day-long journey) and just so real. To say I loved this part the most would be a lie because I loved all three equally though I did like how John Green wrapped it up so nicely.

Although some may say this novel was all about this moment and it just kind of let you down, I don’t agree with this. Sure, some may want the fairytale ending, but that’s not always how real life is. Most importantly, in the end he found out who the real Margo was, what she has been writing in the notebook for so many years and what she though of Q himself. And don’t forget: they promised they would keep in touch!


This coming-of-age novel is a story of adventure, overcoming everyday struggles and most importantly finding yourself: something everyone, everywhere must do one time or another in their lives. John Green did a great job in portraying the life of an everyday teenager and impressed me thoroughly. 5 stars for Paper Towns. I recommend this to all of you! Hopefully you’ll love it as much as I did. Happy Reading!

– C


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