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.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.
Review: My first John Green experience was LOOKING FOR ALASKA. It blew me away, to say the least. So when I picked up PAPER TOWNS, I figured I was in for another mind-blowing experience. I was right.
From page one, readers have no choice but to fall in love with Quentin. He's one of those smart outcast-types with few (hilarious) friends. He's also in love with the girl next door (literally). Margo is a force to be reckoned with--she tells it like it is, and isn't afraid of not being liked. Quentin's not only fascinated by her, but he's constantly hoping the feeling is mutual. That hope gets a little crushed when she disappears one fine day. She does that every once in a while. Maybe to force her parents into paying attention. Maybe because she's bored. As a reader, you're never 100% sure. But she always leaves clues to where others can find her. And this time, her clues are for Quentin.
What I loved most about this book can be boiled down into two categories: 1) what is; and 2) what isn't. Quentin's quest (say that ten times fast...) to find the girl of his dreams makes you worry. About him. About her. About life. 'What is' refers to how Quentin sees Margo and the world around him. 'What isn't' is everything else--the truth. By making Quentin connect the dots of Margo's whereabouts, John Green's connecting the dots that make us all human. He's bringing the 'what is' and the 'what isn't' together. Isn't that what growing up is all about?
My verdict? Read PAPER TOWNS. Twice a week. A bazillion times a year. John Green is a genius. I will someday make a T-shirt that says so.
Tell me: have you read a John Green book? If so, which one?