Thursday, 30 January 2014

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper TownsTitle- Paper Towns
Author- John Green
Publisher- Speak
Release Date- September 22nd 2009
Buy - Amazon

Goodreads 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 of the girl he thought he knew.

Who's the super big fan of John Green. ME

“As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”

It’s not a secret that John Green is my all-time favorite author on this planet. So obviously, I was to say the least excited out of my brains to read this book. However, I didn’t think I’d be disappointed with it.
The story is about Margo Roth Spiegelman who lives a very popular high school life living next to the geeky Quentin Jacobsen who is the normal high school boy with a big heart and a massive sweetheart. They have been friends as children and slowly drifted apart as they grew up after finding a dead body in a park. Years later while in high school Margo climbs into Quentin’s bedroom and takes him on revenge cantered adventure before she disappears. Quentin being the sweet boy he is he takes it upon himself to follow the clues that Margo seems to have left behind for him to find her not only missing his graduation day but also dragging his friends along.

The storyline is somewhat childish. It’s the whole shy boy is in love with popular girl and she basically throws him in the friendzone. Yeah, so the idea isn’t very original I guess. The mystery that is Margo Roth Spiegelman is quite interesting but gets boring very quickly. Everything about her seemed so great at first, her weird quirks and thoughts about the world and how seriously she takes her revenge and she just seemed like a great character. But I ended up hating Margo halfway through the book. I felt so sorry for Quentin.  She left him clues to find her, he became obsessed with it, his friends suffered because of it and the “twist” at the end is just stupid. The whole ending was just disappointing and terrible.  Margo is a horrible girl! The whole world was revolving around her and the whole clues and making everyone worry about her being missing never telling anyone anything is just stupidly stupid and selfish. Poor Quentin and his friends wasted so many hours trying to figure out where she is and it was all for nothing. Just ugh! Cannot stand this girl.

Apart from Margo being a massive poop I liked the book. See the word “liked” yeah I didn’t love this book as the rest. I expected so much more. I was prepared to have my heart shattered and then burned but nope. Really disappointed with the fact that I didn’t cry like a baby at this book…

The quotes are really amazing in this book however. Like seriously if I could marry John’s writing I would do it in the blink of an eye. His writing speaks to me so clearly that I sometimes see the world differently (cheesy I know)

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”


  1. I didn't like Margo ether, she was selfish and self centered, but i didn't get a filling that this book was about her. i think it was wholly Quentin story, his quest, his revelations.
    Also this book doesn't made you cry because this is a laughing book. It should have make you lough out loud! :)
    i loved this book and its interesting to see someone who actually feels, kinda lukewarm about it. great review!

  2. It's a shame about the ending! I really dislike not feeling satisfied when I reach the end of a book. I've also never read anything by John Green before, which never tends to go down very well whenever I admit it. ;) I guess I should finally pick something of his up! Great review, Paulina. I'm glad you liked it, even if you didn't love it the way you were hoping you would.

  3. I love John Green too - going to have to read this but at least my expectations won't be out of this world
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. Yeah I get the whole Quentin thing but I still hated Margo. She was just too selfish and everything had to be about her!! Ugh

  5. I wish the ending was different :( So unfair! GO PICK UP A JOHN GREEN BOOK RIGHT NOWWWWWWW!!!!!

  6. It's still a fantastic read. Go get it now :D


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