Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

December 21, 2011

Book Review: Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns by John Green
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on 3rd May 2010
Source: Bought Physical Copy
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 love John Green. I read Looking for Alaska nearly 2 years ago, and absolutely adored it. Then I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and adored it. And my friend Ruth, who is easily as big a John Green fan as I am, badgered me into picking up Paper Towns and reading it. I lost my copy, by accident, in our kitchen and then rediscovered it and took it away on holiday with me. And I sat, on a rainy day in Clearwater and read.
Allow me to say one thing, and one thing only: John Green is my contemporary king.
What worked for me: Everything. The writing style, the characters, the plot. I adored every single thing about this book. Everything just worked for me. Paper Towns was considerably funnier than Looking For Alaska, although the concept was incredibly similar. I can see why people draw similarities between Q and Miles and Margo and Alaska, their characters were similar, yet entirely different at the same time. The inclusion of the ‘clues’ that Margo had left for Q were excellent and very subtle. And the scenes with Ben, Radar, Lacey and Q in the minivan on their way to New York made me laugh out loud as I sat in the departure lounge waiting for my flight.
What didn’t work for me: Nothing. There wasn’t a single aspect of this book that I didn’t enjoy. Apart from the fact that the book ended.
This was easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I’m so excited for Green’s next book, The Fault in our Stars to come out next month!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

  1. Estelle

    So glad to hear that this book is pure perfection. It is patiently waiting in my library book pile and I’m hoping to pick it up after I finish every holiday-type book I have. 🙂

    Thanks for convincing me to read more John Green! – Estelle from


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