Friday, January 30, 2015


Paper Towns spends a lot of its time reinforcing the idea that people aren't how we imagine them. They're generally idealized or demonized versions that our minds squeeze into little paper boxes that don't fully fit. 

When I first started reading the book, I thought it was simply genius. Margo drags Quentin around all night long, carrying out Margo's very well planned out steps to revenge and forgiveness to her closest frenemies. This part of the story is a lot of fun. Some parts are weird, and others very creative. You can't help but wish you had come up with some of it. 

Then Margo disappears, and the direction of the story changes. It is less fun, and at times frustrating. Quentin is following clues to try and find Margo, who either doesn't want to be found, or has possibly killed herself. Quentin's friends are thinking about prom and graduation, which aren't high on Quentin's list of priorities. After prom, the day of graduation, Quentin and his friends go on a road trip to find Margo, which brings the story back up to the level of fun that it started out with, and then ends with a non-Disney ending, that isn't necessarily bad, it is just more meaningful than happy.

John Green has done it again. He has written another novel about a young man who can’t understand the girl he loves. He has developed characters that you’ll want to know more about as you get deeper and deeper into the story. It will leave you wondering even after you finish. 

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