Friday, August 22, 2008

Paper Towns by John Green

[description from B&N]

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.


I'm a huge nerdfighting John Green fangirl, so it's obvious that I was superduper excited to read this book. Admittedly, I had high expectations because John Green is an amazing writer. I mean, Looking for Alaska was absolutely brilliantly wonderful. So was An Anbundance of Katherines, but only the slightest bit less than Looking for Alaska. But anyway, Paper Towns definitely lived up to my expectations and maybe even exceeded them.

The first third of the book was pure fun and pranks and joy and awesome. (I'm most likely going to use that word a lot in this review. Sorry.) It did a great job at starting to talk about the characters and what they're like, etc.

But then Margo goes and vanishes, and for the rest of the book except the end there's this "ahh what's going to happen where is Margo ahh must keep reading must keep reading" sense going on. It only makes the book more enjoyable. Combined with the humor John Green includes, the book has a nice balance of stuff that is literally laugh out loud funny and the frantic "must keep reading" feelings.

Characters. Oh, the characters. I don't John Green has ever written a bad character (well, I haven't read his stories in anthologies, but I'm sure those contain some awesome characters). By that, I mean an undeveloped boring not teenage sounding character. He owns at this character development stuff. Seriously, all the characters got more mature and realized things about themselves, especially Q.

Needless to say, I think everyone should go buy this book the first day it comes out or preorder it or whatever and read as soon as it comes out. I think everyone should read all of John Green's books, actually. Oh, and you should watch him and Hank on youtube if you haven't already.


Paper Towns will be released in October.


  1. I am so glad you loved this book. It was so absolutely perfect =) I love John Green's ability to mix lighthearted (but intelligent) humor with serious, philosophical topics.

    Nice review =)


  2. AHH!! i need to read this :D sounds amazing!

  3. John Green is on my TBR. I can't wait to read his work. :) Great review.