Friday, February 22, 2013

Paper Towns

2914097Paper Towns by John Green
Publication Date: October 16, 2008
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 305
Keywords: adventure, road trip, graduation
Format Read: hardcover purchase

Summary: 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 the girl he thought he knew.

i love love LOVE john green. his books are so real. i love the language he uses, the characters he develops, and i love that his books are wonderful, but also best read in a certain order (looking for alaska, an abundance of katherines, paper towns, the fault in our stars) and with the release of the fault in our stars a while back, i wanted to revisit some past favorites.

i think i love quentin’s character so much because he is so ordinary. he’s a normal high school student, trying to get good grades in class and survive with the help of his friends. and one night his neighbor, margo roth speigelman, opens his window and invites him into her life again.

but it’s not so strange. even though she’s very bold in this move, i feel that she is extremely ordinary, too. which i love. the two go off on a night to get revenge on the people that have wronged her, and she helps pull quentin out of his shell a little bit, having him climb in windows and break and enter things (he was very careful not to do both at the same time. he either broke, or he entered).
but what i really loved was the description of life.
"'It's more impressive,' I said out loud. 'From a distance, I mean. You can't see the wear on things, you know? You can't see the rust or the weeds or the paint cracking. you see the place as someone once imagined it.'
"'Everything's uglier close up,' she said." 
I love that. I also love how it applies to right after margo and quentin’s night of adventure, she vanishes (beginning of the book, no big secret, promise), and he begins to struggle with his perception of her and whether or not he is building her up in his mind. because we all do that with everything. remember high school and college better than they were when they were really just full of shitty people and homework and dissertations.

and i don’t really have much more to say, other than that this book is so real and so phenomenal, and i’ll leave you with one last quote from it:
"But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it's only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs."
what is your favorite john green book and why? i love talking about favorites!


  1. This is my favorite John Green, completely agree with you, all Green books are so real makes you part of the story and / or identify with the characters.

    This is my favorite because always I wanted to leave my city and have adventures like Margo does, (or maybe no exactly like that) buy see the world :)

    1. I love everything he writes, but I think I'll always love Looking for Alaska the most. It was the first book that really got me into hardcore reading in high school.


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