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.
I love the way John Green writes. He writes so eloquently and flawlessly. I don’t know what it is… Maybe John Green is some magical robot-author mastermind or something because his books are so different, but so POWERFUL. I cannot emphasize that enough. There is no way in the world that you can read a John Green book and it not having an effect on you. It stays with you, always. You’ll look back and appreciate all the lessons you’ve learned just from an ordinary young adult novel. Authors like John Green are the reason why I have such a massive love for books.
We are introduced to Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman as children. They have been best friends ever since Margo moved next door. They have a play date in the park near their neighborhood when they discover a body–a dead body. While Quentin is nearly having a panic attack, Margo is oddly interested in the body.
Now it is present day. Quentin and Margo are now seniors in high school, but are no longer best buds. Margo is the ringleader of the popular crowd while Quentin hangs out with the band geeks although he technically isn’t even in band. Q is still the same timid and unadventurous guy he was years before. Even though they aren’t the inseparable duo, Quentin is still deeply in love with Margo.
To Quentin’s surprise, Margo climbs into his bedroom window one night planning to go on a mission to get revenge, “right some wrongs and wrong some rights.” In order to fulfill her mission, she needs Q. At first Q hesitates, but soon he is pulled into the plan because he’s tired of being predictable and playing it safe. He actually has the best night of his life. The next day at school, Q is curious to see how Margo is going to act after their mission except she’s gone. It was normal for Margo to disappear for days or weeks at a time and leave cryptic clues for her parents to follow. This time it seems as though the clues are for Quentin.
As Q goes through the clues, he sees that the closer he gets to finding Margo, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
“She loved mysteries so much that she became one.”
I loved Paper Towns. After reading Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, I have to say that this one wasn’t technically one of my favorite John Green book, but it was still a very meaningful story. It was refreshing to take a break from the never-ending list of YA contemporary romance books. Q’s best friends were AWESOME. They are the geeky, yet cool group of guys who I would LOVE to have as friends. Ben is a total goofball who I totally adored. Radar (if you read Paper Towns, you’ll see why he has this name) was hilarious. His parents have the world’s largest collection of black santas. Hysterical right? The best part was they all seemed like real people. Since Q and his gang are my age, I can totally point out people from my school that act exactly like Q, Ben, and Radar. Paper Towns was a entertaining book to read. It was exhilarating being able to jump into Q’s heart-racing quest to find Margo. Will Q finally find the Margo he grew to love? Read to find out!
Until next time….
Catcha later my beautiful readers!