The Compulsive Reader: Paper Towns by John Green

Monday, August 18, 2008

Paper Towns by John Green

To everyone who surrounds Margo Roth Spiegelman, she is an adventurous, unconventional, and intelligent person and a highly admired someone that everyone puts on a pedestal. So when Margo sneaks into Quentin Jacobsen's room one glorious night and involves him in her crazy exploits, he can't help but feel as if a new page has been turned, and just maybe he can be a part of the marvelous Margo's life.

But the next morning all of Quentin's hopes are dashed with Margo's disappearance. Her parents and the police think this is just another one of her stunts, but Q's not so sure. Cause Margo has left him a string of clues, one right after another, which just might lead him to her. But the thing is, he's not sure what he'll find.

John Green brings readers another surprising, witty, and fully honest book in Paper Towns. His writing is captivating from the very beginning as multitudes of details, no mater how large of small, flow seamlessly together. Green has a knack for highlighting the little distinguishing factors that make us human, making for more believable characters and completely enthralling book.

The mystery in Paper Towns is clever, and will leave readers scratching their heads as Q and his friends struggle to piece together the clues with some frustration and tons of humor. But the teens are just as quick to get serious as they contemplate what has actually happened to Margo and as Quentin especially comes to see her in a completely different light with a little help from the poetry of Walt Whitman.

Though Paper Towns did drag a little bit in the middle of the book as Quentin hits a brick wall in his search, this novel is suspenseful, hilarious, and quirky, and especially appealing to the well read teen. The characters are as real as your own friends, and teens can't help but see pieces of their own lives in this amazingly candid book. Read at your own risk though--Green's works are completely addictive, and once you start, it's impossible to stop.

Paper Towns will be released on October 16th, 2008.

(A side note...the girl on the covers totally looks how I imagined Alice to look in the Twilight Saga...random, I know.)


Alea said...

Definitely want to read this and I have to go back and read Looking for Alaska. I imagine Alice a little more bird like. I guess I saw the movie cast before I started the books so that's stuck with me.

WannabeWriter said...

I love this review, it makes me crave Paper Towns [ and the paperback of An Abundance of Katherines ] even more now. Oh, and yes, that girl looks exactly like the Alice I pictured in my head. She's very pretty.


- Paige.

Anonymous said...

Nice review. I haven't read An Abundance of Katherines, but I really liked Looking for Alaska.

Anonymous said...

This book is in my TBR pile, and I can't wait to get to it. It'll be my first John Green book to read. Great review!

The Compulsive Reader said...

Glad you liked the review! And Book Chic, this was my first John Green book as well! I really like enjoyed it, and am now quite interested in reading his other books!

Mari said...

This sounds interesting. Another book to add to my to-read list. :)

She does look Alice!

Liv said...

You are sooo lucky you got to read this! I am looking forward to it tons because I've read both an Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska and loved them. I'm glad Paper Towns was good!

Anonymous said...

Great review! I've seen this book around but haven't really stopped to read a review. Sounds very interesting! I can't wait for it to come out now, I have officially added this to my reading list. :D


Keri Mikulski said...

Love John Green's work. Great review. :)

Anonymous said...

I cannot WAIT for his new novel.