Friday, February 7, 2014


John Green
320 pp.
Ages 14 - 17

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.


I loved John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (who didn't?) so I thought I go back and read some of his other books. While Paper Towns is not as heart-rending or memorable as Stars, it is a fun and soul-searching kind of story.

Quentin has had a crush on his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegleman, for about as long as he can remember. Late one night a few weeks from graduation, Margo shows up at his bedroom window and coaxes him into driving her around town on the crazy, mixed up vengeance trip. And the next day Margo disappears. Quentin follows a long string of complicated clues to find her, dragging his best buddies along for the ride.

I enjoyed Paper Towns immensely. Q's two sidekicks are a bit stereotypical, and the last third of the book drags a little, but overall it was fun. I learned a lot about Walt Whitman and got caught up in Q's quest to decipher the undecipherable. The ending lacked the punch of Stars, but it was sweet. I would definitely recommend it.

[Read my review of The Fault in Our Stars HERE.]


Profanity:  High
Sexuality:  Moderate (lots of references to male genitalia)
Violence:  Mild

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