Thursday, April 9, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green
Summary:
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.

Rating:
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)

Review:

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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