Sunday, February 1, 2009

Paper Towns

by John Green
Dutton Books
305 pages
Reviewed by Heather F.

What do you when the most amazing girl in your whole school, in your whole world, suddenly pops up at your window and dares you to go out on a night of fun, revenge, breaking and entering… all in all, a life-altering night on the town? Why, you GO of course. That’s just what Quentin Jacobsen does when the incomparable Margo Roth Speigelman, childhood best friend and perpetual crush, comes to his window late one night and takes him out on the town. When the morning comes, Quentin believes he may just have a chance…only to find Margo has skipped town and no one knows where she’s gone. What follows is a life-altering search for Margo that takes Quentin and his friends Ben, and Radar on a quest for the truth about Margo Roth Spiegelman.

I found John Green’s writing to be fresh and original. His prose definitely reminded me of several teenagers I know and doesn’t feel dated. Quentin and his buddies Ben and Radar are hilarious, witty and felt very true-to-life. Genuine interactions, complex characters, and funny dialogue made this a great way to start my reading year.

The ending didn’t quite go the way this romantic-at-heart reader may have liked, but the English major inside my head appreciated the deviation from the norm. The ending was unexpected; perfect to my mind.

In general, this book comes highly recommended for the story, the remarkable characters and the fantastic writing skill executed here.

John Green has various haunts, all of which are fantastic:

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