Paper Towns by John Green
Published by Penguin
Published 16 October 2008
Digital library book
I read this for 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The category is ‘a book involving travel’.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
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 Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
#1 bestselling author and Printz medallist John Green’s brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty have inspired a new generation of readers.
The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. Buy it you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen in train frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the Queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this; out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I really loved Paper Towns. This is my second John Green book and I can see myself becoming a huge fan. I thought the characters were great, real, messy and complicated, and different from stereotypical teenagers you find in a lot of YA Fiction. I loved the way Quentin and his friends solved the crazy clues trying to find out where Margo could be and what had really happened to her. Margo is the best character, dark and messed up and painfully real. I loved the road trip Quentin takes with his friends. I thought the ending was the perfect combination of happy and sad and not at all what I was expecting. I’d highly recommend Paper Towns.