Friday, January 6, 2012

REVIEW: PAPER TOWNS by John Green

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night - dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.


Review:
I love John Green! Ok, now that I've declared my love for John, I'd also like to say that I love Margo Roth Spiegelman. Yes, she's selfish and attention seeking, but she is also just a girl (a paper girl according to herself) trying to discover herself and that I can relate to. Quentin, like most of Green's protagonists, is an intellectual type. He's smart and somewhat socially awkward. (think of Leonard from BIG BANG THEORY) He fits in nicely with his circle of friends, and Margo is the hot, untouchable girl across the hall(read: his neighbor). (for those of you who watch BIG BANG THEORY like me, this is Penny)
The story revolves around Quentin's absorption into all things Margo. As kids, the pair were pretty good friends. After they find a suicide victim in the local park (at age 9 (I think) might I add)their friendship kind of fades away. Margo becomes a popular girl known for her running away on adventures. Quentin becomes the typical intellectual kid that hangs out with the band kids, but he's always fascinated by Margo, or the person he thinks she is.
The novel begins with Margo taking Quentin on one fantastic adventure. It's basically a night of revenge, pranks, breaking and entering. (not breaking-and-entering, there,s some breaking and there's some entering. This distinction is important!) Anyway, after this fabulously exciting night in Quentin's life, Margo disappears. The events that follow are: interesting, heartrending, scary, exhilarating, a little crazy. Quentin learns numerous things about Margo, his friends, and most of all himself. Not everything is as it seems.
It's a story of self-revelation and discovery,adventure and risk, but most importantly it's a story of life.
~B

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1 comment:

  1. I love your review! Here's mine: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/paper-towns-by-john-green.html , Have a nice day!

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