Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green.
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile.
Pages: 305.
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished.

Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

I was taking a shot in the dark when I picked this one up. I knew nothing about it, and I was honestly kind of hesitant considering I wasn’t a huge fan of Looking For Alaska. But Paper Town surprisingly hooked me.

Margo Roth Spiegelman- the mystery of the story- I said this on Twitter, but I’ll say it again. If she was real, and I knew her, I would most likely punch her in the face. I was all for her at first, when her and Quentin were joyriding around all night, but after her disappearance I just found myself constantly annoyed. Leaving breadcrumbs- even if it isn’t intentional- in your departure so people can worry and obsess and search for you? Not cool. But even though I ended up extremely disliking her, I wouldn’t want it any other way. She clashes well with the story, and with the characters, and in it’s own way .. it’s kind of perfect.

I’m walking on eggshells here, trying to find how to write about this book without giving anything away. This story unfolds slowly, clue by clue, and everything always ends up leading to something else. It’s tricky to explain, but wickedly fun to read- like you’re putting yourself in the book and joining the search for Margo with Quentin and company.

Overall, this book really kept me going and going. When Quentin, the main character, discovered a clue- I’d get excited for him. When that clue turned out to be a fluke- I’d be disappointed for him. It’s extremely enthralling to read, and I definitely recommend it. I’ve even heard it’s being made into a movie next year, which is pretty awesome. I can totally see it being adapted to the big screen.


  1. This book sounds really interesting - mysteries are really great reads because even if I guess, I can never find out what really happened till the very last page. I'm still a bit reluctant to read this since Margo sounds unlikeable - characters like that annoy the hell outta me! But even so, I'll probably give it a try, and a movie? Even more to look forward to.

  2. I agree, this is one that will transfer well to the big screen. And like you, I was totally up and down each time Q found a clue but then it didn't turn out right. I really liked this one.

  3. I have this one sitting on my shelf, but I'm glad to know it deserves 4 stars! (And that Margo is annoying, lol)

    Awesome review!

  4. I've been dying to read this one--been hearing such good stuff about it, like that it's even better than Looking for Alaska (which I loved).

    Great review :)

  5. The author is the one who wrote the screenplay, so if the directors and things stick to what he wrote, it should be interesting. John's books are good, his writing gets stronger as he writes more books.