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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Date Published: 2008
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Friendship, Runaways, Mystery/Clues, Love
Pages: 305
Plot (from book jacket): "Quentin Jacobson has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Speigelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life - dressed like a ninja and summons 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 the girl he thought he knew."

Paper Towns was my first John Green novel, but it definitely won't be my last. It was so seriously amazing... there aren't words to describe my reading experience.

I'm usually not into reading books from the male perspective, but I recently read Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks (which is narrated by a male protagonist) and loved it - and am now working on not being so narrow-minded about my main characters. Q was one of my favorite main characters, so I'm glad I gave Paper Towns a chance.

I think the aspect of this book that really made it amazing was the author, John Green. I'd heard that he was a really amazing, funny guy... something about Nerd Fighters?... but he has some serious writing talent. All the little details, the plot, the dialogue - it was so great... I could not put this book down.

I loved the clues. Margo leaves clues for Quentin to find her and I was trying right along with him to figure them out. I couldn't stop reading until I found out what happened.

This book was also so freaking funny. I was laughing out loud at 1 am, especially at the end of the book. There is some seriously hilarious dialogue during a road trip... the road trip alone is reason to read this book! :)

Ratings (out of 10):
Plot: 10
Characters: 10
Writing Style: 10
Romance: 10
Originality: 10
Total: 50/50 (A!)

There are so many reasons to read this book! Its just one of those books that you have to read...


  1. I loved this book too! I really got into the characters and really was stunned by how awesome this realistic fiction novel really was. :-D

  2. I want to read it! Glad to know its good. Movie is coming next year! Great review!

  3. I love Paper Towns and John Green too! You should definitely read Looking for Alaska, John Green's first novel. I always find reading in the male's perspective so interesting, like in I Know it's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin. :)

    - Alex

  4. I was reading this during school last semester and when I got to the Black Santa part, I couldn't stop laughing! Everyone gave my weird looks.
    John Green is such an amazing author, I love him. You should read his other stuff; An Abundance of Katherines and Looking For Alaska. The topics he picks to write about are always fabulous.

    And Nerfighters! Those are people who has read his books and want to be awesome and make the world suck less. He has a youtube channel that he and his brother update weekly. He's hilarious.

    Great review! I'm glad that you enjoyed Paper Towns.

    Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
    Sarah :]


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