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Paper Towns (John Green) - Review

Paper Towns (John Green) - Review

Paper Towns (John Green) - Rating

Author: John Green
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Year: 2014  (first published in 2008)
ISBN: 9781408857144
Pages: Paperback, 305 pages



Margo Roth Spiegelman seeks Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night while dressed as a ninja to be her side kick in her ingenious campaign of revenge that she has plotted against some people. So far, she has always planned alone but this time, he takes Quentin (who agrees) on her all night adventure that makes Quentin fall for her.

As he is planning to spend more time with Margo, he finds out that Margo has just vanished. Margo loved mysteries so much that she becomes one. But there are clues and Quentin is sure that she has purposefully left them for him.

It kick-starts the journey of Quentin and his friends as they look for the clues, solve them and try to find Margo.


Paper Towns is divided into three sections. The first section talks about the all night adventure of Margo and Q (Quentin). This was really fun and there were many laughable moments. It keeps you glued and you keep turning pages. It brings out the teenager in you and you can’t help but enjoy everything that they do.

Then comes the second section of Paper Towns and Margo goes missing. This is the longest section and no matter how much it hurts to say but it was stretchy and I was bored. I’m a John Green fan and after reading The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, I had my expectations high. It is not completely dull but the momentum keeps falling down and rising back up again. I can’t say much without giving away the spoilers and thus I will leave that for your reading.

The third and the final section of Paper Towns brings back the fun and that is when you eagerly keep turning the pages to know the truth. Was the truth worth it? I won’t say that it was; completely. I was expecting something huge but it felt like a sucker punch. But the thing I liked in the climax was the fact that it was not clich├ęd.

John Green as usual raises so many questions about life and people. This is what I love in his books. They are not the formulaic teen romance books but so much more than them. Again, there were some amazing quotes which is one of his other ISPs. As I’m writing this review, I’m still thinking about what happened and trying to figure out more about the psychology of Margo. On the other hand is Quentin who has fallen in love with a girl while trying to understand her. His character is quite similar to Miles Halter n Looking for Alaska. People do compare the books and say that they are same but I differ. Both have different cores and different meanings altogether if you see it overall.

Overall, I liked reading Paper Towns but not as much as I had loved reading his other books. But that does not stop me from thinking about characters and about their vision towards life. The theme is thought provoking and portrays several complexities in a beautiful manner. You might not like the climax at the first read; I did not like it. But if you think about it, it blends well. The best thing about John Green is that his characters are natural and do not undergo sever transformations just for the sake of the climax. They are who they are and they do what they were meant to do.


I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.

That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.

It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.

Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will. But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.

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

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