AWRW Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

papertownsWho is the real Margo?

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…

Paperback, 305 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Speak (first published October 16th 2008)
Genre: Travel, Adventure, YA, Mystery

I don’t understand all the hype that surrounds this book. It took me an inordinate amount of time to finish – I believe I started it in September, but I wanted to finish it. I wanted to give it a chance because I heard such positive things about this story.

It’s mostly narrative, told from the perspective of Quentin, a teenager who has an obsession with a girl named Margo. Spending the entire book in his head and viewing the world through Quentin’s point of view was difficult for me. The Margo mystery was driving me as batty as it drove Quentin. AND SHE DIDN’T EVEN DESERVE ALL HIS ATTENTION!

Paper Towns has a lot of great quotes. I can see why it would appeal to teenagers who center their worlds around their peers and their friendships. I really liked the conclusion because it popped Quentin’s little balloon and he saw Margo for who she really was. -FINALLY!

Overall, I liked this story, but I didn’t love it. It just wasn’t for me. Due to how successful/popular this author is, I look forward to reading his novel, The Fault in our Stars.
I give Paper Towns three out of five stars.


Purchase Paper Towns – Amazon, USA

About The Author

John Green
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

–Goodreads Author BIO


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8 thoughts on “AWRW Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

  1. I have read The Fault In Our Stars and very much enjoyed it. There were parts of it I thought a bit implausible but overall I thought it was realIy good. I haven’t read any of his other books and from your review here and comments from stephaniesbooks I don’t think I will. I haven’t been a YA for some years so maybe that’s why his other books have less appeal?! 🙂

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