Paper Towns by John Green (Manali's Review)

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*WARNING SPOILERS*

OMIGODS! This is my first review, so please excuse the bad-ness of it. So let me start with saying how brilliant this book is: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Now let me continue onto how much I love John Green: I LOVE JOHN GREEN SO MUCH.

So now onto the book. This is the synopsis:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.


So this book was very cleverly written. The cleverness of the character: Quentin figuring out all of Margo's clever clues, Radar's intelligence, and so on. I also love the little side characters, who become part of the plot, like Lacey (Ben's girlfriend). Oh and let me explain something about Ben. He's kinda gross. Ben is very proud of his "large balls." I love the clever little quotes here and there, and the bits of philosophy. There's plenty of character development. And my favourite quote of the book which Radar says): "It's not my fault my parents own the world's biggest collection of black Santas!" It's just so ridiculous.

The problem, however, of this book, is that it starts to get a little repetitive eventually. He repeated the same thing and so on. I found the ending really sad, and so it made the entire journey pointless. Not emotionally, of course (he found love, etc.) but physically, it was a waste, it not emotionally. Which brings me onto my next point, it's very similar to his other books, particularly The Fault in our Stars, in which the characters go on a very emotional journey, only to have one of them die.

Otherwise, it was a brilliant, original book, and I loved it.

- Mannytee

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