Paper Towns by: John Green
♡ Pages: 305 ♡ Published by: Dutton Books ♡ Categorized as: Young Adult & Mystery
𝓼𝔂𝓷𝓸𝓹𝓼𝓲𝓼: “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 he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.”
Disclaimer: this book discusses mature topics such as depression and suicide.
John Green is a LEGENDARY writer, so I went into this book with high expectations. This book far surpassed all of them!
Before reading I was kind of iffy on whether I would really enjoy this book, as the summary didn’t seem like anything special, but I went for it anyways and I’m honestly so glad that I did.
“Forever is composed of nows.” ~page 113, Paper Towns
The entire book is incredibly written. Every sentence is written like it’s a part of a poem, which really draws you in more, and adds more depth for you to think about.
The plot of the story isn’t anything extravagant, which I think is even better because you can take in the meaning behind the story better. However, the plot is developed enough that you won’t ever find yourself getting bored.
“… I thought maybe the paper cutout of a girl could start becoming real here also.” ~page 112, Paper Towns
Paper towns addresses feeling like you’re being sucked into everyone else’s expectations while at the same time feeling like you’re living in a one dimensional world. We often get so caught up in the moment that we can’t seem to step back and realize how fake and glamorized everything is.
John Green took on a topic that could be talked about for hours on end, and overall just a very REAL subject. However, none of the emotions that you’ll feel from any of the characters or the writing is fake or stereotypical in any way. Every single one of the characters is developed and has a back story that adds onto one another. Every character mentioned feels genuine.
Overall I don’t think that I could give paper towns anything other than a glowing review because it gives you another perspective on life while still giving you an amazing story.
If you’ve read Paper Towns before (or once you do 😉 let me know your thoughts!