Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Date of Publication: October 16, 2008
Publisher: Dutton Books
Format: Paper Back
My Rating: 1.5/5
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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.
Paper Towns is only the second book by John Green that I have read, after The Fault in Our Stars. I did not write a review for TFiOS, but I only gave it one star out of five on GoodReads. I did not like Green’s writing style and I thought that the ending was predictable. I wasn’t planning on reading any other books by him, but when I heard about the release of the new Paper Towns movie trailer, I had to read it for myself.
I was hoping that I would like Paper Towns more than The Fault in Our Stars because I disliked it so much, and I have to say that I definitely liked this story more. Quentin was a much more likable main character and the storyline was less predictable. The whole concept of a mystery and a chain of clues that needed to be uncovered was a very interesting construct.
However, I still can’t say that I enjoyed this story. Green’s writing style is the same and I don’t like the way that he writes. The humor was crass and the characters were simply archetypes. Margo Roth Speigelman has to be one of my least favorite literary characters. She was self-seeking and selfish; she didn’t care how her plan would affect anyone else because she wanted to serve herself by leaving.
Quentin was a more likable character. He truly cared for Margo, even if it was mostly his idea of her. I agree with Green when he writes that we can never truly know who another person is.