Review | Paper Towns by @realjohngreen

10 May 2013

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

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.

Before I start this review I have to admit something. I love John Green's books. I love every word of this man's that I have ever read. There I said it. Now onto my review.

Paper Towns is the third book of John Green's that I've read, my first was Looking for Alaska and then The Fault in our Stars. I adored both so I knew I'd love Paper Towns and I wasn't wrong. Paper Towns follows Quentin's (or Q as he's known to his friends)search for Margo. The girl he's been in love with since the day they met as children and used to be good friends with but then they grew up and grew apart. Q admired Margo from afar until one night she sneaks into his room and whisks him away on an adventure around Orlando in the middle of the night to avenge those who have wronged her. The next day she disappears and so begins Paper Towns.

I think my favoruite part of Paper Towns was the adventure that Margo and Q share. I found myself laughing out loud while reading it and smiling that an insane person. They made me feel happy to my core and they got on so well together. Margo came out with some great lines during this time and I loved reading Q's internal thoughts of their encounter. So worth a read. He really is a great narrator. Even when he's at his lowest in his search for Margo he never loses hope and you feel that even though he's convinced he won't find her alive.

As the story progresses Q becomes more and more convinced he is the only one who can find Margo and I loved that in him, when everyone else has given up he hadn't. He was so very determined to find her and get her back. It is this that propels him forward and gets him to enlist the help of his hapless friends: Radar and Ben. Those two were great fun to read with Radar's rant about black Santa's and Ben's over use of the word "honeybunny", I think I should hate them but I couldn't. They were just too adorable. They both help Q in their own special way and without them Q would never have got as far in the search for Margo as he did.

In the end this search leads the boys plus Lacey on an epic road trip once Q realises the connection between the search for Margo and Paper Towns. What ensues is good, clean fun in the search for Margo, the pit stop timed gas stops were a hoot as was the twist on I Spy they continually played.

In the end Q finds Margo and I don't want to ruin it but I loved the ending, it wasn't what I expected but it was amazing. I think by the time we get to the end Q is aware that this is what's going to happen and he's prepared himself for it. All in all I loved this book, it was so much fun to read and I'd recommend any lover of YA to give it a go.

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