Monday, January 18, 2016

Paper Towns - John Green (Book Review)

Who is the real Margo?

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 have read a few books already by John Green and really enjoyed them.  I didn't love this book, but I also didn't hate it.  The story did move along with Q out on the hunt for Margo, but I feel like parts of the story dragged to much.   I feel like we came back to the point of the clues not adding up several times in the story and that it turn made it feel like the story wasn't moving.   The poem kept coming back into play, but didn't really make progress until the very end with why it was significant. The story does end really well with what I would say is not the typical ending.  I think I kept reading because you didn't find Margo for so long I just needed to know where she was.   

During the book we learn more and more about each character while on the hunt for Margo.  We learn about the friendships between Q, Radar, and Ben and we get to see how strong the bond actually is.  Sometimes friendship is not always about just one person and at different points in your life your friends will lean on you more and other times you will need to lean on them.  The strong friendship the boys have it tested in the book, but Radar explains how you go into a friendship as a person and you are not going to change you just need to accept the other as is.  I love this concept at friendship because sometimes you have to take a step back and realize your friend has their own personality and might not see something the same way you do.

I also love the concept that is briefly talked about is family dynamics.  Q's parents are both psychologists so they are always diagnosis and using there work to help with raise their child.  On the other hand Margo's parents don't really know how to interact with their child and be able to open up.   Margo than has no outlet, but her notebook, which in turn leads to a lot of mystery around her.  It is important to remember that each person is not raised the same and might not have had the same childhood or rules so it is important to keep an open mind.

I would suggest reading this as a quick reading before bed.  It is easy story to follow along and keep track.  I would suggest other books by John Green before this one.

"Digital communication is such a problem sometimes." - I completely agree I feel that sometimes digital communication doesn't actually tell you how someone is feeling since a text message doesn't convey a tone of voice or in turn an emotion. 

My Rating 3/5
Author website
Publisher Speak
ISBN 9780142414934
Length 305
Format Paperback

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