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View all 7 comments. Aug 31, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why there are people out there comparing this with Looking for Alaska. I am not going to linger on the comparisons between those two because 1 I never liked Looking for Alaska, 2 I never even finished Looking for Alaska and 3 I thought this book was original enough not to find it some twin brother or sister.

I am such an easy target. I am the easiest of targets when it comes to writing style. Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears with clues behind so smart people can track her. Quentin, a smart and bewitched-by-Margo person, makes it his life quest to find the dear disappearing love of his life and, with the help of his friends, Q embarks on an adventure like never before!

I make it all sound very dramatic, but the thing is that it IS extremely dramatic for Q and the story overall pretty intense. I adore this one message among many others that I extracted from the story: I very much anticipated the denouement… the moment of revelation… the ending, because this is the type of story that you know would surprise you with the truth.

View all 38 comments. Jun 19, Inge marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: I quite liked the banter between Q and his friends, but I could not stand another word about that damn Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Oh, and then she disappears. Who was a self-centred twatwaffle. Give me a break. Life is too short to spend one more fuck on Margo Roth Spiegelman. Inge has zero fucks. At the end of the day, Inge still has zero fucks. How many fucks did Inge give that day? Ya estaba yo poniendo los ojos en blanco, porque oH GOD.

Jun 06, Christine Delilah Maramochabooks rated it liked it. Typical unpopular boy with an ordinary boring as bread life. Mysterious Margo then disappears, because, I don't know, her life's fake or something. Our kid with 2. Our kid with his equally dull friends go on a road trip to find Mystical Margo. You know that basic song that goes: Just imagine that, but a guy taking it to another level. So I understand what John Green was trying to do: I love that message, it's great.

What I didn't like were the dull characters, especially the main one. He definitely was obsessed with Margo and the way it played out on the pages was annoying. I don't want to hear about how amazing someone is in every single chapter. I didn't even like Margo, she just seemed to think herself as above everyone. In my opinion leaving and letting people think you commit suicide is a pretty indecent thing to do. This was probably a good demonstration of how we sometimes think of life as a game.

It isn't about being the most mysterious or having more adventures than someone else, it's about being authentic. Be who you are and don't expect others to be the same. Another thing I'd like to mention is that there's certainly consequences to just disappearing or breaking in. I don't know if I'd even recommend this to a younger audience since I sincerely wouldn't want anyone taking pointers from Margo.

One thing I have to mention is that John Green knows how to write. His characters have never been for me, but the philosophical aspect is always interesting. Having a couple really highlights the story and makes you go: But having one in every chapter, is more like: A quick reminder for anyone and especially young readers, is that wanting to project yourself as something doesn't make you become that.

If you desire to make yourself seem like a mystery, it doesn't mean you're a mystery. You're a person and it's wrong for even you to see yourself as something less or more than that. It's amazing to have adventures, it just doesn't define you. I've learned that once you stop seeing things the way other people do, you'll learn how to open your eyes to your own perspective. I appreciate the message of the story, just not the plot in general. Cara appreciation, shout out to her for having great eyebrows P.

What's your favourite John Green novel? View all 77 comments. I could NOT put it down. It's funny and mysterious and just so real. View all 11 comments. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world Leaving feels too good, once you leave. Some people take their time into actually doing it. They spent much time planning and scheming on how they should gloriously plow into life. There are some who tried "It's so hard to leave-until you leave.

There are some who tried a few times before succeeding, by accepting that their heavy butts are beginning to be a burden to their family and to the economy. My dear nephew, Jaff, calls it emancipation. They should be equipped, so as not to become scattered dandelions, gliding aimlessly waiting where the wind will blow them.

Unfortunately for Margo, she has uninspired parents to motivate her. They are like the paper cut-outs Margo described, who boxed themselves inside this very peculiar thing called normal life.

They regard Margo's actions as rebellion. But all this is unknown to her family and friends. All her life, she has coated herself with a shell of Margo Stuff - the cool ones. It then became difficult for her to remove her coating and be herself. So the only option is to leave it all behind.

But there is still one string attached to this papergirl — Quentin Jacobsen. She wants Q to know her; understand her; love her for who she is inside, no matter how crooked and unreasonable that Margo may be. Little did he know that this journey will not only lead him to Margo, but discover the Margo hiding within too.

Thus, making him aware of his own capabilities and weaknesses. Knowing that he will succeed in finding his place in the world someday soon. This book gets you to think about the idea of a person and the actual being of a person.

Because, of course, it is rather unfair to be thought of as just a mere idea. My favorite part is the Vessel. I had fun with this; I do hope you will too. View all 18 comments. Dec 30, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: This sort of read is off the beaten track for me, non-fantasy YA-ish literature.

That said, it's amazingly well-written, and I enjoyed it immensely. John Green is an amazing author, and he writes with a delicacy I admire and envy.

This book, was sweet and light and heartbreaking and true. It's the sort of book I'll never be able to write Highly recommended for anyone. View all 5 comments. This book truly had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. The book was broken into 3 parts, and I honestly felt completely different about each of them. The first part of this book was brilliant. It was a lovely introduction to the characters, and their life as high school seniors.

It has had a flashback which was a fun scene. The whole part with Q and Margo out at night was amazing. It was suspenseful and quite fun to read about those antics. We really This book truly had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it.

We really got a sense of how far Q would go to impress this girl, although I never really understood why he liked her so much in the first place. Not that there was anything wrong with Margo, but they went years without talking and still he's obsessed. The second part of this book just dragged a bit for me. After the first little shocker of the "smelling death" incident it really seemed to slow down a lot. Firstly, I think too much emphasis was put on prom and preparation for something that was really a non-event for the main characters in the end.

I just got tired of hearing about prom after so long. Also, finding her just seemed to get monotonous, but that might well be because I'm impatient so don't worry about that!

I felt the ending was pretty anticlimactic. It was all leading up until they find her, right? I'm not going to lie I'm a sucker for drama and tragedy, but I wasn't necessarily hoping they would have found her dead in a shack, having committed suicide. After all of the talk about that I feel that would have been too obvious.

I don't know I just finished the book and was like hmm that's the end? I love John's writing, and I adore his characters. I love how it ended solely because he keeps his characters genuine and true to themselves. He didn't portray them a certain way and then, at the end, abandon that and have them hook up anyway even though it wasn't best.

So yes, I'm glad they went their separate ways. View all 16 comments. Spoilers This was disappointing. I really don't know what the big deal is about John Green.

Sure, The Fault in Our Stars was good but it was hardly a masterpiece and all his other books seem average at best. Why does he get so much love? Is it because he's a guy? I've noticed that most people tend to give men praise and credit even when it's not deserved whilst the opposite is true for women. I honestly don't think John Green deserves all the fan love and respect he gets — his books are nothing Spoilers This was disappointing.

I honestly don't think John Green deserves all the fan love and respect he gets — his books are nothing special. I didn't enjoy Paper Towns all that much.

The plot, the characters, the pacing and the writing were all mediocre. Paper Towns was divided into three parts: Naturally, the girl Margo that geeky Quentin's been in love with for years is someone he hasn't talked to since he was a child and someone who just so happens to be beautiful, mysterious and popular.

Hmm… Isn't it every nerdy guy's wish to get the attention of the beautiful girl? Sure, there's the girls who think they're ugly but in actual fact are beautiful that get the fit guy and there's also the plain girl who gets a sexy makeover that gets the guy. But where the hell are the genuinely plain geeky girls that gets the sexy bad boy? Double standards, will they ever end? Anyway, Margo wants to get back at her boyfriend and friend for cheating on her.

I thought Margo would be some crazy badass but she wasn't. Quentin was even worse than Margo, he was scared about every little thing and Margo had to keep pushing him to loosen up and have some fun. I did like the role reversal — it's usually the heroine that's cautious and uptight until the hero struts into her life and makes her do crazy things.

So yea, points for that. I thought Margo's revenge would be cool but it wasn't — it was the lamest revenge ever. Quentin worries and then worries some more and then keeps worrying. Margo leaves obscure clues to her whereabouts and Quentin becomes obsessed with them. He forces his friends Ben the loser and Radar the token black guy to help him find her. So yea, Quentin just goes back and forth visiting different places trying to find his pwecious Margo.

In between looking for her, he gets all deep and profound about people and how they act and who they truly are. It read like an 'after school special'. Quentin and co miss their graduation and drive a really long way to find Margo. This was the most boring part of the book — it was just a long journey that involved Ben pissing, Radar being the token black guy, Lacey being the token female, and Quentin being a boring douche.

The ending was really anticlimactic… The whole mystery of Margo was less a mystery and more a mess. Quentin was a dull and charmless character. Ben was irritating — especially when he kept calling girls 'hunnybunnies'. I scoffed when he started dating Lacey - it just wasn't believable that someone like Lacey would date a lame loser like Ben. Radar and Lacey were the only likeable characters. Yea, Lacey was a cow at times but she was one of the good cows.

Was I meant to care about Margo? I could have liked Margo if her problems weren't so lame… Yea, I'm sure some people would think she had a difficult life but to me she had it easy… Even with her cheating boyfriend and distant parents she had a pretty great life. All in all, I wasn't impressed. The plot was weak and I couldn't relate to Quentin or his pathetic infatuation with Margo.

View all 71 comments. Paper Towns Let's go back to March I bought The Fault in Our Stars, which had been getting rave reviews, causing me to make a fool of myself in public by jumping up and down in my local bookshop when I discovered I was holding a signed copy.

Don't worry, they're more than used to my behaviour by now. I read it in the space of two days, and promptly had a crying fit so hard that I could have flooded the area where I live. Which is atop a very steep hill.

This sob-fest was unparalleled un Paper Towns Let's go back to March This sob-fest was unparalleled until I finished Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy, during which I fell asleep crying, then woke up to find my head resting on a very soggy pillow, and a hollow, empty feeling deep down inside that made me want to have a crying fit all over again. But enough about me blubbering over books. Let's go back to blathering on about them, shall we? In July, I found that my five-county library service stocked three John Green books.

I'd just have to wait for them to come in, and slowly wade my way through them as they trickled into my home away from home and funnily enough, my workplace. The first book I received was Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was a very cute story about two boys who share the same name, and wind up meeting each other, finding love, and putting on a musical.

The story itself was quite sincerely told, but it didn't strike the right chord for me, hence why I'd give it 3. Then I moved on to Looking for Alaska about a month later, and this one, I thoroughly enjoyed. It made me think, the love story was quite sweet, and I really loved Alaska as a character.

She may have been a bit self-centred, but she was at least fun to read. Now, for the final one that arrived, wrapped in an old envelope and rubber band with my surname scrawled on it - Paper Towns. So, let's stop dithering and take a look at Paper Towns.

It is around this point I should mention that when reading, my mind should not be wandering off and creating a drinking game for the John Green books I have read.

The rules will be revealed at the end of this review. Paper Towns certainly had me hooked within the first ten pages, which consists of a childhood flashback to our two main characters, Quentin and Margo, discovering a corpse in their local park. We then jump into a time skip though preferably not the dumpster kind , where Margo and Quentin are at high school. Quentin is a band geek, and Margo flits around the popular kids, but happens to have a touch of eccentricity about her.

She runs away from home, plays pranks, and likes leaving riddles whenever she goes off on one of her escapades. So, imagine Quentin's confusion when Margo enlists him and the use of his driving skills to play a series of pranks on the kids in the popular crowd. This takes up about I never quite clicked with Quentin or his friends, and so the investigation portion fell really flat for me. Margo also felt a lot like a plot device at certain points, rather than a character with a fleshed out personality.

So, with all this negativity I have spewed thus far about Paper Towns and certain other John Green books I didn't enjoy , are there any good parts to Paper Towns? Well, there is that 70 or so page romp through the suburbs, playing pranks that become sillier and sillier as the night draws on, and the ending actually nicely subverts the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Yes, Margo is actually revealed to be not as batty as rumour would have it, and her MPDG-ness is all just embellishments tacked onto her by school friends and Quentin's own delusions about how cool Margo is.

It is to that, I truly doff my cap. Margo thankfully became more likeable towards the end. Now, as promised, here is the patented John Green drinking game. The words 'bro', 'awesome', 'dude', or Internet vernacular come up. There is a reference to classical literature or poetry. Indie bands, whether real or made up for the novel, are referenced. Not just indie bands, actually — any kind of older music. Our main character is an awkward teenage boy.

Our main character is a miserable teenage boy. Our main character's friends are also dumb teenage boys, one of whom is a regular Casanova, and the other is a support crutch. Instant messaging is used. Things are listed like this: Also, the drinking game is always open to suggestion. Have fun, though I am in no way liable for any alcohol-related injuries or illnesses if you so choose to play this drinking game whilst reading all of John Green's novels in one go.

Apr 02, Kai rated it it was ok Shelves: The revenge trip was fun, and so was discovering the first few clues about Margo's disappearance. The rest was one long bore. Even more so, Q was a plain not to say utterly boring protagonist. A stereotypical high school boy. I expected so much and got basically nothing.

Find more of my books on Instagram A bit of a confession, some of which I've never actually told anyone or said out loud before, but which I now share with the internets. In the interest of full disclosure, in high school I wasn't popular at all.

If there were a popularity graph plotting popularity that looked like this: It wasn't that I was a pariah of some sort who was generally looked down on, I wasn't harassed by jocks or made to suffer any unnecessary indignities, I was an absolute non-entity. I had no friends, no enemies, 1. I had no friends, no enemies, I wasn't a part of anything.

I was just there hating every moment of high school 2. So, unlike the character in this and pretty much every other book ever written about high school no awkwardly funny side-kicks here not even a little circle of close but good friends. But, like the character in this book, I was a clumsy shy dork who was totally infatuated with a girl who the could be described as cute, awesome and badass.

By a series of actions of my part that the adult me sees as uber-creepy and stalkerish, but which at the time I thought was somehow appropriate and which is too embarrassing to share in the details, I asked her out in what she might not have known was meant as a date, and she said yes and we started to hang out and became really good friends over the next couple of months.

I'm sure she realized, but I'm not actually sure, that I had a gigantic crush on her but nothing ever happened in that direction. Instead she started dating some other guy right around the time I got to know her and I became really good friends with both of them.

Like the character in the book, the girl who I had this gigantic crush on and who was unintentionally making me a 'cooler' person just by spending time with her and her friends, she disappeared soon before I graduated from high school. Like most people, when I think something is sort of about me, even though rationally I know it's not, I sometimes tend to like it better.

An aside about another John who makes things that I enjoy. The boys in Paper Towns drive around at one point with the radio blasting The Mountain Goats, and they have the windows down so that everyone can hear they have awesome taste in music.

I find this somewhat unsettling, I want the characters in this book to have a brighter future than the Florida John Darnielle sings about on this album but since when do smart kids listen to happy music?

Where is this going? I'm not exactly sure it seemed like a good idea when I started though There are actually quite a few points where Paper Towns and Tallahassee intersect, but now that I'm thinking of them there might be some spoilers. Neither work paint Florida in a very good light though. But does anyone really like Florida?

That would have been embarrassing, and I would have done it if I knew which external hard-drive had my songs on it, but I'm too lazy to start plugging and unplugging things right now. On regrets and other things. This is all a spoiler. Seriously, if you haven't read the book and ever think you will read the book do not read this spoiler. If you are planning on reading this book and you read this spoiler you should email me and let me know when you are about to read or watch anything in the future so I can tell you how it ends before you do because you are a person who wants none of the excitement in not knowing how things are going to turn out.

It's a very mature ending, Q does the responsible thing and walks away from the girl of his dreams, who will probably turn out to be bat shit crazy or become some vapid Williamsburg hipster a few years down the road.

As awesome and cool as Margo sounds she is probably headed for some banal or awful end. I kind of wanted one of those silly things they put at the end of movies sometimes where you are told what became of the characters after they all got in their cars and drove away from the paper town in the Catskills.

Did Q regret going the conventional route? Does he kick himself in the ass twenty years later about what his life would have been if he had decided to ditch the Blue Devils for some quasi-hippie wandering around the country? Would Margo end up as some depressed husk of a person when she realized that there is no authentic place out there, and that she is trapped as the paper girl no matter where she goes?

Are the people we choose to live our lives with more important that the trappings of our daily existence, the schools, the jobs, the towns we live in? I think this kind of thing is what puts people in therapy. A small problem with the text. Opps, this is another spoiler. It's not that important, well as a plot point it is, but this is just me being an ass about some small detail in the book.

It's not that important, but I get to feel superior by pointing it out. Number 5 will be spoiler-free. Q, has just found out where Margo is and he is telling Ben that he is going to drive to get to her before she leaves the town she is in at noon the next day. It was Radar's cell phone, but Ben had answered it.

Gas aint cheap, and neither are the provisions needed to make the journey in one almost non-stop run. A plane ticket would probably be cheaper, I mean it's fucking Orlando there are always cheap flights to and from the Magic Kingdom. A flight to Albany though, and then driving from Albany to Woodstock is about an hour. Q could have easily flown, although I don't know how an 18 year old would have rented a car.

That would have been the problem, not the distance of Woodstock from New York City. My favorite line from the book. I thought this review would be a good one, it's not. While reading the book I had what I thought were all these ideas of things to write and if they existed at all they disappeared when I sat down at the computer to write.

If you read this far, I'm sorry to have wasted your time yet again. I think I may have something worthwhile to say at some point in the next year or so, but until then I'll just keep rambling on in these unfruitful book reviews.

This book is soooo much better than this review. I recommend you read it. I was disappointed in this book, especially since John Green is an author I've been meaning to read for some time now.

He writes Young Adult novels Looking for Alaska [wherein "Alaska" is a girl's name], An Abundance of Katherines , to name a couple and is both a popular and critical success. This is the first of his books that I've read, and I wish now that I'd started with one of his earlier ones. In a nutshell, this novel bored me.

If I were a teenager the novel's primary audience reading t I was disappointed in this book, especially since John Green is an author I've been meaning to read for some time now. If I were a teenager the novel's primary audience reading this book, it's doubtful that I would have finished it. Green failed to make me care.

There were some interesting ideas sprinkled throughout not that many of them, though , and some of the dialogue was entertaining very much soon-to-be-dated teenspeak, as is often the case in YA lit , but I only actually liked one of the characters--Radar--and he wasn't the protagonist.

I will, out of a sense of professional duty and based on the recommendations of people I trust, try one more of John Green's books--probably Looking for Alaska. But this heavily-marketed, much-heralded waste of dead trees?

I only gave it two stars because of Radar. View all 23 comments. I think John Green's books are just never going to be my thing. He's really intelligent and a solid writer, but something about the way he writes "quirky" girls and the same general formula has just gotten really old for me.

Most of his characters annoy me and everything just seems unrealistic. So my 1 star rating is for my DNF and complete lack of interest Like I think a ton of people will love this book and already do, so I'll just leave it with: My b I think John Green's books are just never going to be my thing. My blog Tumblr Twitter Instagram View all 6 comments. I'm just not able to get into it no matter how hard I try. I love John Green books, but I'm not sure this is the one for me. View all 13 comments.

I liked Quentin in this story, and it was noble the way he was so intent on finding Margo, alive, or dead or somewhere in-between. I did wonder what he was doing at times, he should have been studying, he should have been attending graduation, he should have been doing a lot of things, but instead he was so obsessed with finding Margo! I mean this girl really got to him, and he proved what a loyal, caring person he really was.

The storyline in this was split into three parts — the first part was Margo putting a very interesting plan into action, and allowed us to get to know her a bit. The second part was Quentin trying to work out where Margo had gone, and the third part was view spoiler [ Quentin actually trying to get to where he thought Margo was.

Even though the very end made me wonder if they would change their minds? The more I think about this book the more I don't like it. I hated the ending. It made the entire book completely pointless. I do enjoy John Green's writing style, but I'm starting to get the feeling once you've read one of his books you've read them all.

View all 12 comments. Jun 07, Darth J rated it liked it. So this is my second John Green book, and my second accidental first edition of one of his books too: Margo is a mystery.

She can get into anywhere, take anything she wants, and all the legends surrounding her turn out So this is my second John Green book, and my second accidental first edition of one of his books too: She can get into anywhere, take anything she wants, and all the legends surrounding her turn out to be true.

Before she goes missing she leaves clues for Quentin; following them ultimately changes his perspective on life in the last few weeks of his senior year. He—accompanied by his two best friends and some girl one is dating—skip graduation to drive from Florida to New York in search of Margo, only to have a bittersweet reunion. There were times that I was hoping they would arrive to find Margo had committed suicide; one really final and dramatic ending to her life, you know?

Like An Abundance of Katherines , Green continues his theme of living a life that matters; one that is whole and interesting and has an impact on others. Paper Towns 2 13 Aug 26, Videos About This Book. There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. In January , his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars , was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career.

Since that night, he and Margo went separate ways. She asks him to accompany her on an all-nighter of pranks. Margo is on a litany of revenge that includes spray paint, blackmail, and breaking into Sea World. Quentin thinks that this night will bring he and Margo together again as friends. However, Margo runs away after their adventures.

Along the way, Quentin realizes that Margo is not really the person that he thought he knew. Critics admire Green's memorable and unusual characters in this slice of Florida life. At a Glance Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Spiegelman, who as young children are friends, one night find the body of a man named Robert Joyner, who committed suicide in the park.

Quentin and Margo gradually drift apart as they grow older. Quentin appears well-adjusted, but the popular and beautiful Margo seems troubled. A few weeks before high school graduation, Margo asks Quentin to join her for a night of pranks. Margo's pranks are a form of revenge against her high school friends who she thinks have wronged her, starting with her ex-boyfriend.

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