Quentin has been pining for Margo Roth Spiegelman since they stopped being friends years ago. So when she climbs into his room in the middle of the night with a Margo-esque revenge-on-the–ex-boyfriend plan, he does not need to think twice about helping her. After their all-nighter ends and Q comes to school, hoping that things will be different between them from now on, he discovers that Margo is nowhere to be found. Later he finds clues she has left for him, and embarks on a journey of a lifetime to find her.
To be honest, Paper Towns caught me off guard. The only other John Green book I have read was The Fault in Our Stars, and I did enjoy it, but not as much as most people, I don’t think. I saw Paper Towns trailer and it seemed like another coming-of-age story, but something about it intrigued me, so I picked up the book. I did not expect to like it as much as I did.
It is impossible to put into words how this book makes you feel (it is probably why John Green is exceptionally masterful writer and I am… not). It is such a beautiful story of friendship, growing up, and wonderful adventures. It is the kind of book where you find that every page speaks to you on so many different levels: to your inner child and inner adult, to your neglected-feeling high-school self, to your what’s-the-meaning-of-life self and a bunch of other selves each of us lives with every day.
Undoubtedly, I identified with Margo the most. The girl has a serious case of wanderlust! And leaving everything and everyone behind gets easier every time.
It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
She is a character that probably embodies all your fears. Have you ever felt that waiting for something is much more exciting than the thing itself? That the thing itself never meets your expectations? Or that people around you could not possibly be real; they are too shallow, and cruel? Or that you are meant to do more, be more, but you cannot seem to remember what it is that you are meant to be doing?
I really enjoyed the fact that Quentin was the narrator of his and Margo’s story. At first, Margo was an enigma, but the more he searched for her, the more he realized that she was just a girl – empty, lonely and unhappy, but putting on a brave face and doing everything she can to change it.
What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.
I did not know that paper towns existed; I find the idea tremendously intriguing.
I admire John Green for dreaming up young adult characters that are not in any way cunning, cruel, vain and self-absorbed. They are innocent, intelligent, trusting, and insanely honest, and it was wonderful knowing them!