Review: Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen, 17, has been in love with his next-door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, for his entire life. A leader at their Central Florida high school, she has carefully cultivated her badass image. Quentin is one of the smart kids. His parents are therapists and he is, above all things, “goddamned well adjusted.” He takes a rare risk when Margo appears at his window in the middle of the night. They drive around righting wrongs via her brilliant, elaborate pranks. Then she runs away (again). He slowly uncovers the depth of her unhappiness and the vast differences between the real and imagined Margo. Florida’s heat and homogeneity as depicted here are vivid and awful.

Details:

5, 94€ / Paperback: 336 Pages
Release date: Sep 2009 / Publisher: Speak

My thoughts:

Well where do I start with this book? I saw that another book by John Green was going to be made into a movie and I checked out the trailer first, because I wanted to know what it is about. I really like the story and wanted to know more about it and of course I wanted to read the book before the movie comes out.
So I bought the book and started reading and I have to say that it wasn’t anything like I expected it to be. It was a long and confusing journey for Q and the reader, in this case me, to figure out what Margo wants and what the whole point of this riddle and journey is. When you saw the trailer or read the summary of the book you expect something really awesome and big to happen at the end of this book or you at least expect a fancy and great romance with a clichée happy ending. I’m sorry but then I have to disappoint you, because it is nothing like that.
The book starts with getting to know Quentin (Q), the protagonist and his view on things and especially his view on Margo and their relationship. He talks about Margo and him being friends when they were little and when they discovered a dead man in the park. Then they go on this revenge plot together, because Margo’s boyfriend cheated on her and she wants revenge on all her friends that where involved and Quentin and Margo break into Seaworld and the next day she is gone.
That’s when the confusing part starts, because for me it was really interesting how Quentin tries to find Margo and how frustrated he gets, when every clue he finds lead to nothing. He goes such a long and difficult way to go and find her that he forgets that she might not want to be found. And his whole life before Graduation is turning around Margo and where she might be that he gets a little lost in the thought that he is the only one who can find her, because she left those “breadcrumbs” for him and that she wants only him to find her and no one else that you and Q get such high expectations what will happen when he finds Margo that you might get a little disappointed.
Enough said to the plot, because otherwise I will spoil the whole story which would be bad, because it is a really good book, so I will just say something about my opinion on it. I really liked the way John Green wrote it and also the characters because you have this mysterious girl, Margo which suddenly disappears and you wonder why she left and you want to find out her reasons of leaving that you, too get a little frustrated after everytime Q comes out empty handed.
I personally really like the story because in the beginning you picture this book to have a good and romantic ending, because you kind of expect Quentin to find Margo and that she wants him to find her, when at the end it turns out to be totally different. And this is, now that I think about it, probably the best part about this book that you expect this kind of clichée ending where they live happily ever after but this book shows you the ending how it would be if this happens in the real world. Because in the real world people always dream about happy endings like they happen in books, but in the end it turns out totally different and you get disappointed, because you these high expectations.
And this is actually what I think John Green wants the readers to see in a way and that maybe sometimes the things in life where you think the end is the aim, it’s not, but instead it’s the journey that gets you there.

Rating:

3,5 of 5 Points

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