Paper Towns by John Green
Published by: Speak
Genres: Young Adult, Adventure
Date Read: 04/12/2014
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.
“Maybe all the strings inside him broke.”
I liked this so much more than looking for Alaska. Paper Towns was well-written, and I enjoyed it immensely. I think the reason why this book is my favourite, is because it had a different tone than his other ones that I’ve read. This one had mystery aspect to it, that I really enjoyed.
Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were neighbours and best of friends. They started off as best friends but as it often happens, labels are created and they are separated by the personas that they’ve taken on. Margo is popular, Quentin is a band geek. Until one night when Margo shows up at Quentin’s window and leads on a night of breakings and entering and revenge filled debauchery. Then, she disappears.
Quentin is convinced that Margo has left clues for him to find her. He finds a copy of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that she has mucked up and it leads him on this journey… a methodical and allegorical journey. He becomes obsessed with finding her. Which, of course, means finding himself.
The ‘paper towns’ concept, and how it was incorporated into the story in different ways, was fascinating. The characters are also unique and have clear personalities.
“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”