Published in: 2008
Edition read: Paperback
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.
I started this book because I needed something to read while I was having a relaxing soak in the bath, and I couldn’t pick any book series to start, so standalone book it was. John Green won, as I’d liked the last book of his I had read. This book had a much different feel to it, the writing style seemed different too, but it was good. Very good.
I read maybe 30 pages in that one sitting, which isn’t much, but then the next night I picked up this book and read the other 328 pages in one go. Yeah… it’s a bit like that. Addictive, hard to put down, really interesting. Different to how I pictured it- I know there is a moving coming out about this and from what I had seen on adverts and so-on, I pictured a cross-country road trip following vague clues left by a quirky girl. That’s wasn’t the story, but it was still good. The mystery of Margo kept me guessing, the ending and where she was was a let-down, but then I guess it was kinda good in that it was how things work in real life. By that I mean, we build things up in our heads to be better than they are, and then the reality is so much less- and that’s what the characters did. They imagined Margo off doing all these fun or exotic places, but reality was she wasn’t.
Having read this, I am really looking forward to the movie. We know movies rarely do the book justice, but Cara Delevingne is such a quirky girl in real life, it’d be interesting to see how she plays the character of Margo, who should be right up her ally.
Paper Towns rating: 9.5/10. It was really good
Would I re-read it? I would
Who would I recommend it to? For people who are interested in the movie, or who have seen the movie. It is for teenagers, young adults, people who are fans of John Green and his other works, and the quirky among us- you will like Margo and her crazy schemes, I know I sure did.
Author’s website: http://johngreenbooks.com/paper-towns/
IMDB for the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3622592/