Paper Towns by John Green - Book Review

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Paper Towns by John Green
Published by: Speak on Oct 16th, 2008
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Rating: 2/5 hearts
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FROM GOODREADS: 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 of the girl he thought he knew.


Since I've been going through this little Contemporary Reading spurt of mine, I decided to give John Green a chance. I read The Fault In Our Stars when it first released and adored it, and combined with the fact that Paper Towns was just picked up to become a movie, I decided it was the perfect book of his to try next. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Paper Towns starts off pretty fast-paced with the night of Q and Margo's shenanigans. I really enjoyed reading all the different ways Margo decided to take Karma into her own hands. They were unique, and equally hilarious and well thought out. I wish I would've had her by my side to help me get back at a cheating ex-boyfriend of mine!! But after that night, Margo simply falls off the face of the planet, and the book's pacing really suffered, in my opinion. I just didn't feel the burning need to read anymore about Quentin's life. He didn't interest me. Margo did. I suppose the only reason I continued to read it (besides my refusal to DNF books) was because I wanted to know where the hell Margo went.

Granted, Q has quite the character arc. He went from being the guy who stands on the sidelines to the guy version of Margo, who stood up for the nerds and took things into his own hands. His fixation on Margo was a little weird though. I mean, they were really good friends when they were younger, but they just stopped talking for years until the random night she basically uses him. I get loving her from afar, and the whole premise of the novel being that you can never truly know someone, but it just weirded me out. Another thing that really pissed me off is when we find out the why's and how's of Margo's leaving. It's kind of hard to talk about without revealing the ending of the book, but it just seemed ridiculous to me. I mean, THAT was the reason you left, Margo?! AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN ABOUT THE SO-CALLED "CLUES"? Sorry if that doesn't make sense to you, but it will if you read the book

In the end, Paper Towns is a good story, despite it's pacing flaws, but like I said before, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Honestly, I'm not sure if I even want to see this made into a movie, and for that reason, I give Paper Towns two hearts.

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  1. I haven't read any John Green books just yet, I think it's because of all the hype surrounding them and after reading your review, this one won't be my first!

    1. I really enjoyed TFioS, but I just wasn't wowed by this one. I think I'll wait awhile before I try any of his other books.. :/

  2. I've read TFiOS and looking for Alaska by John Green and I loved them both, so I really want to read more of his books and this has been on the top of my list. It does sound like Margo is an interesting character and I hate it when writers focus more on their less good characters, but I still think it's a book I'm going to read at some point. But maybe I'll read an abundance of Katherine's first instead...

    1. I adored TFiOS!! Sadly, this one just wasn't for me. I do however have Looking for Alaska on my ever growing TBR shelf, so I'm sure I'll be reading it sooner or later too. But I really hope you enjoy Paper Towns more than I did!! :)

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like this book Becca! I have yet to read Paper Towns, so I am curious as to whether I will agree with you or not. I hope you enjoy any future John Green books that you may read in the future, and thank you for the review. :)

    1. Eh it's okay. The way I look at it-- you can't love every book, and this was just one of those books for me! Thank you Edie!!! I hope you enjoy Paper Towns when you get around to it!! Maybe it'll be one of those books YOU love. Who knows? Everyone is different, and a lot of people genuinely love this book. I may just be the black sheep haha

  4. I never finished the book, though, because unfortunately it wasn't really my type. I might pick this book up again if I ever have the will to read. by the way, i just started a book blog around last week and it'd be nice if you might want to check it out? Maybe we can follow each other :D just let me know!!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    1. Yes! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to your comment, Jillian!! I will check out your blog, and welcome to the wonderful world of book blogging! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!! I kind of have this thing where I have a hard time not finishing books I pay for so I forced myself to finish this one even though I didn't enjoy it...

  5. I agree to disagree on your rating but I'm glad you gave it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha okay, okay!! I knew I was going to get a comment like this about this book, because a lot of people adore it... I just wasn't one of them unfortunately. However, I'm glad YOU did! :)


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