Book: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Rating: 5/5

Paper Towns-John Green

Some people judge a book by the cover, or how famous the author is, or even how many headlines the book has made. I, however, judge a book on how late I stay up reading it, despite the fact that it’s a school night. I could not put “Paper Towns” down. Never in my life have I experienced such a struggle to drop a book and go to bed, but for, “Paper Towns” it was different. John Green’s novel follows the life of an average American teenager named Quentin. However, the experiences that he has shared with his popular, gorgeous, yet mysterious neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman are not. Years before, Margo and Quentin had witnessed a mind boggling image slumped up against a tree that no 9 year old should see. For years Margo and Quentin had never talked since ‘the incident’ or exchanged any emotions with each other until she shows up at Quentin’s window at 12am, a few months before graduation. Before Q knows it, Margo takes him on an unforgettable journey with romance, revenge and recklessness. After his all-nighter comes to an end, Q is excited how he will move up in the social ladder, but Margo seems to have a different plan for Q. Margo goes missing and it is up to Quentin to find her with the help of the clues she has left behind.

Social/Historical context:

”Paper Towns”, is written in modern day Florida, where your appearance and how popular you are. The media is constantly pinning you down for your faults, and Q especially is not looking at the great things about him. Margo Roth Spiegelman, however, spends her life dwelling on the flaws of society. During the beginning of the story, it seems as if the whole book revolves around stereotypes, but as you read further, the life lesson, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s review’, begins to peek out.

Writing Style:

John Green provides a realistic example of how teenagers think, which allowed me to understand why and what Quentin was feeling throughout the book. “Paper Towns”, is written in the perspective of Q. This narrative point of view establishes a simple and relaxed environment.

My Thoughts:

When I first picked up the book, I had the impression that Margo was a stereotypical popular girl in school, but what I realized was that she was the polar opposite. “Paper Towns” kept me guessing on how Q would change, if they would find Margo, and more. I could not completely connect the the characters, since they were in grade 12, but I could understand their views on life mostly, which I took comfort in while reading this book. Other than, “The Fault in our Stars”, this is the first book I have read written by John Green, and only have fantastic things to say!

Book Reviewed By Anna Cumming

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