Paper Towns by John Green

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Talk about teen issues. This one book is like a summary of it all if that was possible indeed. Young adult books are the ruling king of all production houses in terms of sales and why not?


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew……

déjà vu

I’m a teen and yet I find young adult books excessively theatrical and overdone and this one was no exception. I think it is necessary to come to an understanding that a bestseller doesn’t HAVE to blow you off your feet, it may be mediocre or even worse. I loathe the fact that John Green ALWAYS writes books like they were going to be made into movies, it completely destroys the true purpose.

The writing is pretty mediocre with philosophical notes scattered everywhere. The character building is so predictable that I have given up on holding my breath to even check if I was right.

The Highs^^^

Trust John Green to introduce something to you that in normal life, you simply could never have come across. This book revolves around the topic of Paper Towns which can otherwise be translated into copyright traps.

“A paper town is a fake town created by mapmakers created to protect their copyright. Mapmakers put fake streets, fake towns, and fake bridges in their maps, so if they see those same fake places on someone else’s map, they’ll know that they’ve been robbed,”

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This concept has been explored in a more poignant tone in the plot, think of it as a teen’s interpretation of complex copyright infringements.

Character buildup

No matter how much I despise YA books, this one did ring a couple of bells in my head. Q (Quentin) is your average introverted, shy and smart guy and Margo is (duh) a party animal born with the looks of a model. Though the characters are straight from a Hollywood romcom, I couldn’t help but appreciate the efforts Green had taken to give this story a fresh flip.

Margo was always a disturbed girl living with violent parents and she had run away from her house plenty of times. But this time it was different. She was 18 and had every right to live her life. This is the story of how Q and his friends trying to track her down before its too late.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes. Though the plot is mediocre, the fresh impressions of paper towns and the mystery that surrounds them make this book a worthy read. Apart from the plot, the story is of the characters is heartwarming and simply doesn’t disappoint. Not to mention the riotous jokes at every turn of the plot. Overall, it was an enjoyable book for any lazy weekend.

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