Review: Paper Towns

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green

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 the girl he thought he knew.

Margo’s the ever day, run of the mill, popular girl at school. Everyone loves her, and then one day, she runs away from home. With few clues, Q goes on a search for her in hopes that he’ll find her alive. Going on pure hope, he runs around the town and it’s outskirts in search of a girl he hardly knows. Throughout his search, he learned more about her than he ever could just talking to her on a regular school day. The girl he loved wasn’t the same person he thought he loved. As he cruised through his journey, he became friends with the unexpected and helped create solutions to problems that someone in his position of the high school hierarchy shouldn’t have been able to do.

John Green writes another amazing novel. I loved this one, not just because Q loved Nerd candies like me, but because this whole story was just written and put together so well, it was amazing.


“I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”

“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”

“Those of us who frequent the band room have long suspected that Becca maintains her lovely figure by eating nothing but the souls of kittens and the dreams of impoverished children.”
-Narrator (Q)

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