Paper Towns ~ John Green

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Today I’m going to review a book that I have recently finished that is Paper Towns by John Green and this is a YA novel in the contemporary genre that kind of steers in the direction of mystery. This is my first John Green book and my major reason to pick this one up was the fact I want to watch the movie. I am more into reading the book before watching the movie.

About Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green

Published by Bloomsbury

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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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…

Initial Thoughts

In Paper Towns, John Green indirectly used Margo Roth Spiegelman for Quentine Jacobsen or simply Q to understand love and life and to know himself better as a person, as a man. Not by giving him direct feedbacks but by making him experience the things that he would not have dared doing.

Paper Towns

Review of Paper Towns

This book centers around Quentin Jacobsen who goes by Q who has always been in love with this girl called Margo Roth Spiegelman, they are neighbors and used to spend a lot of time together when they were younger. They make a slightly strange discovery in the park in the beginning of the book and then they kind off drift apart.Margo is this popular girl and she often disappears, runs away and does strange things and everyone is kinda in awe of her. Q on other hand is quite nerdy so are his friends.

One day Margo is outside his window with her face painted completely black and in a ninja outfit and she wants Q to come and help her in a rampage of revenge around Orlando. He agrees and they do crazy thing like throwing fish through people’s window and at the end of it Margo say good night and they depart. Next day when he wakes up she is not there anymore she has disappeared, police gets involved but no one is truly worried cause is not a minor anymore and she has done this couple of times before but always turns up but Q is very worried about Margo and wants to know what has happened to her and so he decides to follow all these “CLUES” that it appears she has left for him.


It’s quite a unique story talking about the characters none of the characters a stereotypical in this book. I really enjoyed reading from a males perspective for a change it was quite refreshing. Q is an excellent protagonist he was so fascinated by Margo it is so nice to see how much he would sacrifice and how much he would do just to find this one girl that he was so convinced that he is in love with her and it seems really sweet, gentle and kind person.Hes quite reserved and unpopular and that makes him quite relatable.

The narration was really funny in this book I could sit and laugh out loud However I am quite confused about Margo she was funny but bitchy too.I felt that she was a little snob and selfish. Q friends were absolutely hilarious Ben was cracking and his love with all “honeybunnies” was hilarious. Radar was another great character really funny and his parents owned the largest collection of Black Santa’s (*what lol!!!*)

I personally found the beginning of the book and ending of the book the most entertaining.But the middle of the book very dull and boring(*plz don’t kill me*).In the middle of the book it’s basically Q going thru all the clues and figuring where could have Margo gone which gets very repetitive and dull personally and not a lot was going on. Most of all what I didn’t get what was this big deal about Margo she just seems like a basic girl and I didn’t get what the big fuss around her was.


The thing I didn’t like about this book is that the characters blatantly tell you about what the theme is and what they have learned through the story that they are sharing with you and its shoved into your face soo much it gets irritating and my major problem was it should have come with a precondition to read Walt Whitman’s work or else its going to get really annoying cause majority of book it consists of Q decoding all of Whitman’s work each line that Margo has left highlighted if you are not familiar with his work its going to get really boring even after me trying to do so it was just a little bit of overkill.


What I loved about the book is the adventure scenes in the beginning of the book and the end of the book when they go on their road trip were very entertaining they were very fast pace and a lot was going on and I thought it was very important because the middle part of the book was very stagnant and the best thing I loved about this book are the dialogs its just soo funny the parts with his friends were just outright hilarious.

Few of my favorite scenes are when they find the dear man I find it really interesting and a really strange way to open up a story.It quite accurate when Margo says aww is soo cute but at the same time soo sad imagine little Margo saying this. Night of revenge was also really nice to read about especially when they broke into Sea World and Q reaction to everything where he was nearly getting a panic attack all the time and Margo just didn’t care and the road trip scene was very accurately captured and at the end what happened to Margo after he left???

Closing Thoughts

I enjoyed it but did not love it!! Starts of with a bang but then it fizzles off. I got a lost in their quest to find Margo due to the fact I haven’t read Walt Whitman’s work. Right till the end I felt why was Margo given soo much of importance and the end was rather a dud, not as fulfilling as I had hoped.

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”