Paper Towns


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Riding in a car for 20 hours can cause one to become desperate for entertainment, entertainment that is small and easily fits inside of a car with three other tired travelers.  OK, it wasn’t 20 hours straight, but still.

I recently came back from a wedding held in South Carolina for my dear cousin, possibly one of the hottest places I’ve been to this summer.  It was approximately a 10 hour drive to the hotel, and a 10 hour drive back.  I brought several books, a laptop, some sunscreen, a Gameboy, and various other traveling items.  Needless to say, I beat a gym leader and got my idiot magikarp up to about level 15 so he can finally tackle.

On this long, tiring trip, I finished one of the books on my mental to-read list, which was recommended to me by ExplodingBiscut.  This book was Paper Towns by John Green, a beloved author and vlogger.  I believe it is the first book I have ever read by the appraised Mr. Green, and I was duly impressed.  The two main characters in this fiction are Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman.  Margo is an audacious, mysterious, stunning girl, with a taste for adventure.  Quentin is a nerdy, careful, and determined teenager, who is in the senior class in Orlando, Florida with Margo.  Quentin talks to her on rare occasion, but one night, she appears at his window with a mission.  Convincing timid Quentin to come with her on her escapade, they sneak out with his mother’s car in the middle of the night.  By the end of the night, they have taken revenge on several of Margo’s enemies, one of Quentin’s, and successfully snuck into the closed Seaworld.  Quentin thinks that this is the beginning of a long friendship with Margo, but he soon finds that this may not be the case.  Margo disappears the next day, which initially causes no alarm, as she has gone on unexpected trips before.  However, as the days grow long, Quentin begins to worry.  Then he finds a trail of clues left by Margo for him to follow.  With his friends, Quentin goes on a journey to finding Margo.  Over the course of his adventure, his view of Margo, and everyone he knows, changes.

Paper Towns is an extremely well detailed story, with relatable, lifelike characters.  In between serious narratives about understanding the others around you as people and not ideas, you will find hilarious original jokes to break up the tension.  John Green weaves an amazing narrative about the importance of never thinking of anyone as more than a human being that is well paced and keeps one on the edge of their seat.  Paper Towns is a brilliant book for anyone from the age of fourteen to mid-life adults.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

I hope you enjoyed this short review of Paper Towns by John Green.  If you want to visit his vlog, you can go here, or his website which is here.  Feel free to comment with your thoughts on his book, so long as you notify others if there will be spoilers in your comment.  Also, don’t forget to like and follow.  Thank you for your time!


Rambling Writer 😉

P.S. I am now currently reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which is in the process of being made into a movie.  Let me know in the comments if you’d like a review for that as well.  Sorry this took so long!