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Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Date Published: October z`2008

“Margo always loved mysteries, maybe she loved them so much that she became one”

I came across Paper Towns during my lunch hour at work. A colleague was re-reading it in preparation for the author’s upcoming Q&A session in London.

As usual, I got interested when I discovered it was being made into a movie and I instantly had high hopes for a great coming-of-age comedy drama.

To be honest, I struggled to finish it and the only reason I actually got to the end was because I had to do this review.

In summary, Paper Towns tells the story of Quentin who is in search of his childhood friend and love interest, Margo Roth Spiegelman. They’ve lived next to each other as neighbours all their lives, but they’ve grown apart over the years.

One night, out of the blue, Margo appears at Quentin’s window and drags him along for a revenge spree involving graffiti, fish, vaseline and Sea World. After a crazy sequence of night time events, Margo disappears the very next day. The rest of the story details Quentin’s search for her.

Firstly, the plot seemed all too far fetched. The revenge spree felt over the top and a bit childish. Secondly, I was unable to connect with or understand any of the key characters. Eventually, I got bored with it all and began skimming through entire pages looking for the climax. To be fair it was quite funny in some places, but not enough to make it a page turner for me.

At the end of the book, the climax never came. I was slightly irritated with myself for following a teenage boy around town, searching for a girl who didn’t seem to want to be found.

I respect John Green‘s writing skills and could see that thorough research had gone into developing the story. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book.



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