Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review - Paper Towns, John Green

  Quick message before review ~ Hey blogging world!  I've been in a reading slump lately, and not to mention, I've been super busy with school and sports.  Just wanted to give a little explanation for the lack of posts! xoxo

My review of Paper Towns, by John Green

Insight into the book from Goodreads:

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...

  I sincerely want to give this book a positive review, but in all honestly, I'm feeling really disappointed right now.
  Paper Towns is based on two seniors in high-school, Quentin and Margo.  Quentin has spent years with a secret love for the mysterious Margo, but has never been straightforward with his feelings.  I don't think there's any way to easily sum up Margo's character . . . She has many different personalities, and becomes more surprising as the book goes on.  
  One night, Margo creeps in Quentin's room needing help to get revenge on people at their school, and he follows without much thought.  The two of them have a crazy night, that involves pranks, breaking and entering, and Quentin falling even more in love with a girl he thought he knew.  That basically sums up this whole story.  Oh, and then Margo goes missing and Quentin spends weeks trying to find her and when he does she acts like a selfish brat.  
  As you can tell, I didn't enjoy Paper Towns.  
  I couldn't connect with the characters, especially Margo.  However, I didn't dislike her until the end of the story.  In the beginning, I found her interesting, adventurous, and I wanted to know more about this girl that Quentin has loved for so many years.  Then I came to the last chapter when (SPOILERS) Quentin finds Margo, and she was completely ungrateful.  After he misses graduation to find her, and she's "impressed."  What?  That beyond annoyed me.  Especially after he's spent weeks worrying about her, chasing after clues, and laying in bed late at night pondering over the thought that Margo may not be alive.
  One thing I did like about this book however, was the metaphors.  Leave it to John Green, let me tell you.  I'm still a huge fan of his, but didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as The Fault in Our Stars.

I've read countless amounts of positive reviews for this book, and I wish I could have enjoyed it as much as other people did.  I still do recommend it to everyone, it just wasn't my cup of tea.


  1. I have read so many good reviews about John Green's books, but have yet to find the time to read one. There are so many freaking books in my TBR pile and I just can't seem to make a dent in them. Great review though. It's so disappointing when you enjoy an author's work, yet they write a book that you just can't fully like. Margo's character does sound like a spoiled brat, and there is nothing worse than that! Maybe his next book will impress you more.. hopefully (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields.

    1. You haven't read anything by John Green yet? Oh my gosh!! You need too!!!!
      Thank you, and I hope that the next book I read from him will be better!
      As always, thanks for stopping by Morrighan!

  2. I did enjoy that book, but I agree it wasn't as good as The Fault in Our Stars. I think there were way too many metaphors in the book. Even the detective had metaphors. It was kind of crazy.