Paper Towns


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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.


I picked up this book in my quest to read all that John Green has had published so far. I’ve read Looking For Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines so far. Whilst I enjoyed reading it, I don’t think it was one of John’s strongest books. I felt the first half of the book was much superior to the second half. Although my attention was kept throughout the book and it didn’t take long to read, so it wasn’t that it was a bad book. It certainly wasn’t. It just began to plod along after the first half rather than make me want to race through it.

I was really stuck into the story when Margo sneaks Q out of his room and takes him on a trip to complete revenge tasks against people that have hurt her. The tasks were things like leaving smelly fish in weird places, removing someone’s eyebrows with Veet, causing disturbances and breaking into SeaWorld. This aspect of the book was humorous and I liked the interactions between Margo and Q.

I think the book started to tail off when Margo went missing. Perhaps I felt this way because I really liked Margo as a character and when she had gone, I wasn’t gripped enough by the search for her. It had great premise, Q using clues to find Margo certainly sounds thrilling. But for me, there was a hell of a lot of build up, but then the ending left a lot to be desired.

I hope this doesn’t sound too negative. I did enjoy the book, but for me, it could’ve been much more thrilling and exciting.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
The Panopticon- Jenni Fagan

4 thoughts on “Paper Towns

  1. I like Paper Towns much better than i like An Abundance of Katherines. I agree with you, the ending was disappointing but i like the story. I read mostly all of John Green’s books, and i’m not a huge fan of his.

    • That’s interesting. Yes, I definitely found the ending a bit disappointing. I also have to agree with you about John Green. I think I expected to fall in love with him and I haven’t thus far.

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