Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 305
Genres:Young Adult, Contemporary

Paper Towns
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.
Meh, this book was better than the film but on the whole I found it disappointing. At least the teenage characters in this book felt realistic so I mean... that's something.

The first eighty and the last twenty pages were really interesting and great; the other two hundred(ish) pages, not so much. It tried too hard to be funny and I think I maybe laughed just once the entire book, the rest of the time I was just rolling my eyes.

I found Margo to be an intriguing and layered character, it is a shame she spends the majority of the book absent. Quentin and his strange group of friends were beyond dull - I could not care less about their petty lives. Quentin is particularly disturbing as he spends one night playing pranks on people with Margo and then becomes obsessed with her. It's bizarre and not healthy.

I really related to Margo because when I was a teen I also was highly disillusioned with life as I knew it at the time. I think this book has a lot to say about living a life worth more than the infinite mindless pursuit of success, money and materialism. The ending was open ended but still great; it's a shame that I had to read through two hundred pages of vapid high school dramas in order to get there.


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