Paper Towns – John Green a Book Review

So this was a book that had been on my ‘to read’ list for ages and I know it had been a huge hit so much so it had been turned into a movie.

The story follows the friendship of Quentin ‘Q’ Jacobsen, whose boring life is turned on its head when the enigma that is Margo Roth Spiegelman moves in next door. The two become friends and Margo helps bring the sense of adventure to Q, but their friendship takes an odd turn when one day they discover a dead body.

Fast forward a number of years and the pair have drifted apart, Q is now a member of the brand crew and hangs around with Ben and Radar who both feature heavily throughout the story. Both are excellent supporting characters who bring different things and make the whole ‘coming of age’ story believable with their own teenage dramas.

Margo is in the popular crowd, and despite them no longer being close one evening Margo jumps through Q’s window to embark on an evening of adventure and revenge. This ignites Q’s long standing obsession with Margo but when he heads to school the next day she has vanished.

The rest of the book is about their journey to solving clues and going on an epic road trip to find her. The book is filled with relatable teenage dramas and feelings as well as being filled with clever metaphors and thought provoking speeches (mostly from Margo) throughout.

Saying all of that, I struggled with this book. I realise this will be controversial but I just didn’t like Q as a character, I found him too ‘wet’ I think is the best way to describe it. After a while I found his pining for Margo a tad annoying, and Margo herself a bit tiresome and try hard.

Don’t get me wrong, the writing by John Green is simply beautiful, it is articulate and descriptive and at times humorous but the story just didn’t resonate with me, but I can understand why teenagers can relate to this book. It explores tales such as first loves, high school drama and the feeling that after high school life will never quite be the same.

So if you are slightly younger than me and are looking for a good read – I would definitely give his a shot.

Until next time

Little Lemon xxx

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