Wow what do I say about Paper Towns, it was not at all what I was expecting. You might know that I am a nerd fighter who is obsessed with John Green, the genius who tore out my heart in The Fault In Our Stars. This is my 3rd JG book and every time it continues to amaze me how incredible his writing is. I was hesitant to read this book because the synopsis confused me! Because for some reason I had the idea that a boy named Quentin climbed out his window and climbed back in as a different person, a female ninja called Margo,*Face Palm*. But I can assure you that when I actually started reading it, it wasn't about a cross-dresser with multiple personalities. Hehe!
Now that I have confessed to you my moment of utter stupidity and reason for hesitation, let's actually talk about my thoughts on the actual book. Paper Towns was a contemporary that had a lot of things, humour, mystery, action, a lot of depth and even PROM. Margo was definitely a character that had a lot of baggage and issues, more then anyone realised which made for an interesting story. I also started liking Margo more when she said:
If you are a old follower you probably would have noticed that I am always randomly capitalising.
Quentin was a likeable & funny character content with his life who is taken on this adventure that was really fun to read. One thing that was really thought-provoking about Paper Towns were all of the quotes, metaphors and poems that were included. They really made me realize about how much we idolise and imagine people and how we can't get a proper appreciation of them until you really get, and know them, flaws included.
Another thing I liked about this book was what i'm going to call the "Prank Scene" as well as "The Road Trip" (which is towards the end of the book) which was really funny. Especially with Ben having to pee all the time. Paper Towns had a great mystery factored in it, all the clues leading towards Margo's disappearance where very clever indeed. Having such great clues and always trying to guess what was happening, I was glad that I was actually pretty pleased with the ending. Thank god there were no cliffhangers, because they are the death of me (especially in stand alone). Overall i'm going to give this a 5/5 because whilst Paper Towns included humour, wit and mystery. John Green was able to throw in some throught-provoking words and depth and for that I commend him.
☆ I just wanted to mention that Lucy from one of my favourite blogs Queen of Contemporary, is celebrating her one year blogoversary, so make sure to stop by. Also I'm planning to do a collaboration with the lovely Sophie from A Day Dreamers World whose blogoversary is also coming up, so stay tuned. ☆