Monday, May 12, 2014

Paper Towns by John Green (2008)

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publication: Oct. 16, 2008, Speak
Format: Digital Copy, 320 pages
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.

Misfit Review:

I honestly did not know what book I was reading at first. I guess I was confused with the beginning because it was the first John Green novel I have ever read and I wasn’t familiar with John Green as an author or as person (through his Youtube channel with Hank Green). I was actually scared, that for the first time, a book was baffling to me in my first read but as I got immersed (Chapter 2), then that’s when I realized how strong each character was and I felt a certain connection with them.

Quentin Jacobsen or "Q", as the lead, is smart, charming but kind of pathetic in the “I’m-An-Awesome-Guy-That-Can-Get-Any-Chick” department. He is in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman, whose name is so beautiful that when I introduce the book to my friends, and I talk about Margo, I would have to say her full name every time I mention her, because the way her name rolls on your tongue is fascinating! Awesome name choice, John.  Margo’s character is very queer. She’s odd, keeps lots of secrets and doesn’t seem to trust anyone. But she is very sweet and cherishes her friendship with Q. Now, what made the book exciting was the search for the lovely Margo Roth Spiegelman through the “clues” that she left in the abandoned mall and it is up to Q to find her. I really loved the way Q handled the situations to find Margo with class and wit. And the paper towns’ references were spot on, and intriguing! 

I went over some of the pages to check if I was actually right on track or it felt like I was missing something. I have to say, this is a challenging book to read, not because it is difficult, but because you have to read the story through every aspect and every detail because it is written that way, and I held to the story like there was no tomorrow and finished okay. The ending was okay, but I would’ve wanted something better. But I don’t want to spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet.

The writing is lax, very contemporary and not really daunting, but I did say you have to be mentally challenged so that you can join the ride with Q and his pals. One downside to the story was the fact that it was kind of slow. Even though there was an attention to detail that I really love, it kind of felt slow, like I was being drifted into an ocean. But it’s not an action novel, so those who love to just relax will love this book!
Oh yeah, the first part of the novel is the best question I have yet still to understand up to this day. Maybe I’m stupid or I just missed the signs, but I swear. Anyway, read the book perfectly well and you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.


About the Author:

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@realjohngreen) and tumblr ( or visit him online at John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Author Bio from Barnes and Noble)

News on Paper Towns becoming a movie has spread all over Twitter and has also been confirmed by John Green. Nat Wollf is to play Q and I can’t wait to see this movie come out from the theaters! 

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