Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Synopsis (from When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Age: 14

My thoughts (positive elements): Paper Towns was written by John Green, which is an immediate point in its favor. I liked the “adventure” in the second half of the book and Margo’s clues were intriguing. I loved Lacey’s character as well.

My thoughts (negative elements): I didn’t enjoy Paper Towns nearly as much as I’d enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars. It was less memorable and lacked the charm of TFiOS. Q’s friend Ben frustrates me with his constant objectification of women and Margo didn’t seem to care about anyone but herself.

Rating 3/5


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Filed under Ages 13-15, Ages 15+, Books I Liked, Contemporary

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