Thursday, April 9, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green
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 the disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 10/10!
Recommendation: 8/10
Total Score: 51/60
Grade: A

Age Appropriate? (I will discuss this below)
Cussing? Excessively.

Drugs, Alcohol, etc?
Yep. Mostly alcohol. TEEN DRINKING WARNING.
Sexual Content? Uh-huh. A ton.
Aimed at age 16+.
(Anyone of high school level could read this book and be fine with it; I am merely saying that, in order to read it, you will have to be mature--way more mature than the characters)


Paper Towns
was extremely fantastic. Let me just say that now. The writing and voice was hunorous and witty, but also very real. There was a distinct yet not unbelievable difference between Quentin's internal narration/thoughts and his actual dialogue. It made him very real and created depth. Major kudos to John Green for his character development and voice--both of these points surpassed my expectations by miles and kept me reading until I couldn't possibly go further. The character of Margo Roth Spiegelman was beautifully constructed out of a medley of all-too-human emotions under a facade of a girl we all wish we were. Through Quentin, we come to know Margo and, consequently, the entire human race. This is a book of discovery, philosophy, and speculation that took me on a journey from which I emerged feeling cleansed. I strongly urge anyone and everyone who has ever admired someone from the outside to read this book.

Now let me address for a moment the topics I discussed above under "Age Appropriate?" (Cussing, alcohol, sex, etc). Paper Towns takes place in a modern American town, with the protagonist a modern American eighteen-year-old boy. Quentin and his friends are just like all teenage boys at their age--foulmouthed and interested in girls. At first, their awful stereotypical teenage antics offended me and made me question my choice of the book. But I quickly got over it. Green's narration more than makes up for the language and jokes, and, though I don't guarantee that you will be able to look past it as I did, I do urge you to go ahead and read the book if this is your only qualm.

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