Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen has loved his neighbor Margo for as long as he can remember. Margo, however, seems out of reach. Then, late one night Margo climbs in Quentin's window and takes him on an overnight adventure. The next day, Quentin awakes to find that Margo is missing. Quentin soon realizes that Margo has left him the clues to unraveling the mystery behind her disappearance.
This insomniac's opinion:
I should not have read this novel so soon after reading John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars, which I adored. This book simply did not live up to that masterpiece. In fact, they are not even in the same stratosphere. This novel was written four years before The Fault in Our Stars, so I am truly impressed by the improvement in John Green's writing in between.
I did really enjoy the characters in this novel(except Margo who by the end of the novel is nearly unbearable). Quentin and his friends Ben and Radar have a really enjoyable humorous banter throughout the book which I found to be very entertaining. I just wish the mystery had been a lot more interesting and Margo had been a little more likeable. It felt a bit stretched, as though there wasn't quite enough for a novel and maybe this story should have been in short story format instead. But, if not comparing to The Fault in Our Stars, this novel is enjoyable and very easy to read. I continue to look forward to reading more John Green to see the progression in his work.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Rating: 3 stars