Last week I read Paper Towns by John Green. I read it in less than 24 hours and because of this, I wanted to share it with you. While the book itself isn’t new, the movie that’s been made of the book, is just out at the cinema now. Because the movie looked good, I decided to read the book. I’m really glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed it (though truthfully, not as much as The Fault in Our Stars, the reason I was interested in it).
Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.
But the next day Margo doesn’t come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery – culminating in another awesome road trip across America – he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.
The back of the book, actually has less information than this. And when I picked up the book I really had no clue what the story was about. To be absolutely honest, even when I was reading the book, I still had no idea what the story was about. In fact, that was part of the draw.
The story starts with a boy called Quentin, who likes the girl next door – Margo. It starts with a story from their childhood, then jumps to a time in their teens and school. For the most part, it follows Quentin’s day to day life, until of course he spends one crazy night with Margo – the girl from next door who he barely knows nowadays. This starts the main story for the book, but honestly you’re never really sure where the book is going. Is Margo missing, or is she dead? Is the point of the story for Quentin to figure out clues or will the story lead somewhere else. Will he find Margo? Will she be dead? Will it end happily ever after?
For the whole story, I had no idea. Of course I had guesses and even assumptions, but I sort of loved that I was confused and curious all at the same time. Was it the best book I ever read? No, absolutely not. Was it a book that made me want to keep reading? Yes definitely. And more than that, when I was finished, I was okay with the ending. Maybe it wasn’t the ending I had hoped for, but it was tied off and left in a way that a book leaves you feeling satisfied.
Having now read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, I’ve ordered a few more John Green books. I hope I enjoy them all, as much as these two, but I’ll be sure to let you know.