Paper Towns by John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Published: September 22, 2009
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Good Reads Description:
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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 the girl he thought he knew…
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It’s mostly a coming of age story with a small mystery built in. The characters are all in high school and there is a lot of dialog that seems very age appropriate to 17-18 year olds…but surprisingly, I didn’t find it irritating like I usually do. Usually, I consider myself now too old to appreciate books that are told in the perspective of teenagers and find myself not sympathizing with the characters. This story didn’t leave me feeling that way at all. I actually found most of the dialog between the characters endearing and pretty funny.
I really enjoyed the deeper meaning behind the story…that what we usually see on the surface of a person may not be who that person really is behind closed doors. The idea that some people will play a role that they feel others need them to be, hold true for all age groups…which is why I think this story can be so relatable for the young adult reader as well as the *ahem* not so young adult reader 🙂
Other reviews have noted the similarities in some of John Green’s characters. Yes…I can see how Quention & Margo are very similar to Miles & Alaska in Looking For Alaska. The similarities didn’t bother me at all. I feel that, while the relationships between the male & female characters are similar, the individual characters themselves are different enough for me. I recently finished (and enjoyed) Looking For Alaska and at no point did I feel like I was rereading the same story while I was reading this.
Overall…this is a quick, easy to read coming of age story that I feel like any age group would enjoy and appreciate.