Friday, July 12, 2013

Review ~ Paper Towns by John Green

Genre: YA realistic contemporary
Series and number: standalone
Number of pages: 305
Edition: Paperback
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

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 Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

My review (originally posted on Goodreads):

Rating: 5 stars
Last date read: June 28 to 30, 2013
Source: Bought

First of all, forgive me. I wrote this review in list format, which is what I do when I don't feel like putting together a whole string of paragraphs. I had a lot to say, and I like making lists.

I believe that this is the first John Green book I've ever read. The first time I read this must have been in 2009 because Will Grayson, Will Grayson took awhile to release afterwards. I immediately decided it was one of my favorite books ever, and it still is. It may even be my favorite out of all of John Green's books. You may ask, "What! What about The Fault in Our Stars?!" The truth is, Paper Towns feels more special to me because not everyone is scrambling to get a copy of it. As far as I can tell, this book is not going to be turned into a movie anytime soon. Paper Towns feels more special to me than TFIOS because so many people say they just love that book. This book holds a special place in my heart, and part of that is because I don't see many others saying it's special to them.

What else about this book makes me love it? Well, let Me count the Ways . . .

1) The beginning was fantastic. I love how it started out with the miracles and how Q and Margo find the dead guy before going to present day.

2) Literary references and tie-ins. I especially liked the one with Moby Dick, though I've never read that book. Part of why Q was so obsessive with finding Margo was because he was supposed to be obsessive, just like the guy in Moby Dick.

3) Interesting side characters. Ben was a little crazy. Radar was cool. Lacey was a nice addition to the group, both as Ben's girlfriend and Margo's best friend.

4) Details like the black santas and RHAPAW just make the book all the more better. They were like little inside jokes between the characters. They made friendships and connections more special.

5) This book just . . . so profound. It made me think of all sorts of profound things while reading, which weren't really profound at all because I suck at being profound.

I could go on with counting the ways . . . wait . . . okay, Here's just One more:

6) I just love the whole idea of the book. It was about a guy that fell for a fantasy—an image he wanted to see—a paper girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman—without even knowing who she really was. It was about a girl that everyone saw as a legend running away to discover herself—to feel real, instead of just another paper girl that she felt she was. It was about a girl who fell for a paper version of a guy who turned out to be much more than that and a guy who fell for an almost untouchable legend that turned out to be . . . a regular girl. Most importantly, it was about really, truly getting to know another person past the appearances he or she puts on.

This book strikes a cord—a string, if you will—that just moves me every time I read it. Every time I finish it, I feel like I'd just witnessed something fantastically profound. I love it. That is why this book is one of my favorite novels.



  1. Great review Caitlin! I haven't heard of this book yet but I added it to my TBR pile because of your thoughts on it :)

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. I love it when someone adds a book to their TBR list because of me. :)

  2. My best friend has been pushing me to read John Green books forever but I just never picked them up. Failure of a bookworm lol. Great review! :D

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

  3. I've read TFIOS and was thinking about this one. I think I'll start it!

  4. I liked the idea of this book, but my dislike for Margo just made me hate it so much, like I couldn't believe that someone could be that selfish. I get what she was feeling but still I couldn't like her or the purpose of this book after that. Glad that you enjoyed it more!
    Deyse @


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