Paper Towns by John Green Review

ptGenre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Judging the Cover: I love the cover of this book. It is unique and is very relevant to the story.

Plot According to Goodreads: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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 the girl he thought he knew…

My Thoughts: I bought this book about a year ago but after reading Looking For Alaska and hearing that this book is very similar, I decided to donate it. Then I joined a book club and they decided to read this so I had to borrow it from the library. I had a lot of reservations going into this book because I wasn’t a huge fan of Looking For Alaska and I didn’t want to read the same story again with different characters. There are many  similarities between the 2 books but they have a lot of differences as well. The characters of Margo and Alaska are very similar (free spirits, disenchanted with life) and the characters of Quentin and Miles are also very similar (sweet boy pining for a girl that seems unattainable). There were a few scenes that I really enjoyed but there were also  a lot of moments that had me wishing I didn’t “have to” read the book (because otherwise I would have DNF’d it).

The Good:

  • This book has a lot of adventures that are a lot of fun to read about.
  • I enjoyed Quentin and Margo’s adventure in the beginning of the book.
  • I liked Radar’s character and his obsession with the wikepedia-like website.
  • There were a few funny moments that made me smile.

What I didn’t Like:

  • The story starts with Q and Margo encountering a very traumatic event…I was under the impression that this would be explored further but it was rarely mentioned later in the book.
  • I don’t like John Green’s writing style. The book felt like a book written by an adult trying to channel a teenager….it doesn’t feel genuine to how teenagers talk and behave.
  • I despised Margo (sorry, not sorry). I just found her to be very selfish and unlikeable.
  • The ending was frustrating.

My Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. This just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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