Review: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

rating: 3.5/5

Who is the real Margo?

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.


I was rather reluctant to start this book, as I had heard some really mixed things about it. However, I am glad I did give it a try.

This book is not my favorite book, or even my favorite John Green book. However, I found it interesting to read. I find most of John Green’s protagonists really easy to relate to. They are usually not the popular, ‘cool’ kids, they are, usually shy, introverted, and a little nerdy.’ Quentin’s unrequited feelings for Margo, and him finding out that he had fallen in love not with the girl, but with an idea is something that really rings familiar, I have lost count of the times I had discovered the person I was crushing on was really not what I thought him to be.

Margo, on the other hand, really annoyed me. She seemed to be such a rebel without a cause. While I do understand the issues she was facing, I felt super annoyed with her for creating all the drama that worried Q so much. 

I felt that the book fell rather flat in the middle while describing Q’s search for Margo. However, the part that followed, which involved a road trip was really enjoyable. The friendship between Q, and his best friends Ben and Radar was fun to read about. I initially found Ben rather annoying, but I ended up really enjoying reading about the trio, and Lacey, Margo’s friend, who later joined them.

Altogether, it was a fun read. However, I can’t help wondering why none of John Green’s books measure up to The Fault in our Stars.



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