Book Review: PAPER TOWNS

paper towns coverAuthor: John Green

Number of Pages: 305

Publisher: Speak

Release Date: October 16, 2008

“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.”


The first time I read this book, Margo angered me. Why did she have to be so uncooperative, so difficult to figure out, so stubborn? Why did she insist on putting on a show in public and locking her real personality deep inside? Why couldn’t she give anyone straight answers, and why did she have to be so blatantly selfish? I couldn’t understand Margo the first time I read this novel, and as a consequence a negative light bathed her whenever her image appeared in my mind. However, after reading it a few more times I have found that I can actually relate with Margo. She feels as though the town in which she lives is fake- “paper” is how she describes it, hence the title of the novel. She is conscious of the fact that at times she, too, is paper. I can connect with Margo because there are times when I feel similar things. I know several people (primarily my peers at school) who put on a show whenever they are in public. They appear to be vain, selfish, and conceited, but when you talk to them alone they seem very down-to-earth. Why can’t they be so nice all of the time? How can people who are so fake live with themselves? How can you be happy living a life like that? There are a lot of paper people in the world.

I can also relate with Quentin a lot. One of the themes of this book is the way we imagine other people in our minds. On page 282, he says, “What a treacherous thins it is to believe that a person is more than a person.” I know that I have experienced this feeling a lot. Sometimes when you are really good friends with someone, you have a lot of respect for them, or you simply adore them, it is easy to think that they are without flaws. This is so easy to do, in fact, that sometimes we tell ourselves that they are perfect. We believe this until they make a mistake and it jerks us back to reality. On page 199, Quentin says, “Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.” That simple truth is one that we should always keep in the back of our minds. People are humans- nothing more, and nothing less.

Paper Towns is by far one of my favorite books. John Green is a spectacular author who deserves way more credit than he gets.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: ABSOLUTELY! If you have not read this book, then I highly encourage that you do so!



7 Replies to “Book Review: PAPER TOWNS”

  1. SO much love for this book! It really made me think about how I view other people, and, like you said, about that papery feeling and putting on a show. Also loved the metaphors, and the use of the Walt Whitman poem. Great review! 🙂


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