Recent Reads: Paper Towns

After reading The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska (which I have to reread before I write a post) I needed another book to read. Still on my John Green kick, I turned to Paper Towns after hearing how good it was from everyone around me.

The main character Quentin, aka Q, is a regular high school senior. He has his dopey friends, each with a strong character voice and personality. He’s not super popular, but he doesn’t really care about that. Then Margo happens…..

One night she sneaks into his bedroom and whisks him off for a night he’ll never forget. The ever normal Q is thrown into the abnormal life of Margo and she leaves him with more questions than answers.


The next day she disappears. Gone. Now, this is typical Margo, everyone expects her to be back in a couple of days with a fantastic story to tell. But something tells Q that this time something is different. With only a handful of clues and a lot of speculation, Q sets out to find her and learns that he knew less about the girl next door than he thought.

I really liked reading this book because I felt like I could really connect with Q and his friends. There was a something so human about their interactions, it felt like I could hear the words being spoken in the hallways of my school. One of my favorite parts was when Q, Radar, and Ben were talking about the difficulties of prom and getting dates. Green talks about the unglamorous parts of it in a way that everyone can relate. While Q is kind of pessimistic about prom, his thoughts weren’t ones that all of us hadn’t had before. Margo, a creature of enigma is someone that everyone could easily know. But at the same time she’s more complex than that.

There are a plethora of “one liners” in the book. From funny ones to insightful ones that will end up as tattoos and Instagram selfie captions. Without realizing it, I started to think more about life and love. There’s a short passage where Q is in English class and his teacher is talking about Moby Dick and whether Captain Ahab should be considered a hero or has an obsession.

This cause me to think of the relationship between Margo and Q. With everything that he does in the attempt to find her, should it be considered romantic? Does Q really love her, or is he obsessed with the journey to find her and the idea of loving her.

All in all, it was a wonderful book and I encourage everyone to read it. It gives you a look at individuals and is the perfect example of the saying “there’s more that what meets the eye” especially in people.




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