Paper Towns Book Review

Hailey Johnson, Staff Writer

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John Green’s “Paper Towns” is a captivating, young adult novel about teenage love and the difficulties of growing up. The story takes an interesting turn when Margo Roth Spiegelman, Quentin Jacobsen’s secret love, goes missing after the most exciting  night of 18 year old Quentin’s life.

Green has written many enthralling young adult novels including “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Looking for Alaska,” and “An Abundance of Katherines.” All of these novels are directed at a younger audience but still keep adults on the edge of their seats. John Green has received the Micheal L. Printz Award in 2006 for “Looking for Alaska,” the Edgar Award for Best Young adult in 2009 for “Paper Towns,” the Goodreads Choice Best Young Adult Fiction in 2012 for “The Fault in Our Stars,” and many more.

In “Paper Towns” Quentin Jacobsen lives next to the amazing Margo Roth Spiegelman who hasn’t spoken to him since they were young kids. That all changes when Margo crawls through Quentin’s window dressed as a ninja and asks him to go on an adventure with her. Quentin is skeptical at first but Margo convinces him to go. After a quick trip to Walmart the pair begins their journey of revenge. Margo has plans for anyone who has ever crossed her. The night is Quentin’s biggest adventure by far, the next day Quentin expects to have a different kind of life with Margo but she has gone missing. Now Quentin has to follow the clues that Margo left for him or his only chance at true love is destroyed.

I personally believe the book itself was fantastic because it takes a normal 18 year old boy with good grades and who is ready to graduate and go to college and makes him the protagonist of the story.  John Green had a few issues with the ability to follow the story line. The story seemed to jump from one place to the other a few times in the novel. Other than that the story didn’t have many flaws. Green did an amazing job of capturing the audience’s attention with one thrilling chapter after another. The story is honestly nothing I have ever seen before. It is by far one of the most captivating books John Green has ever written.

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