Paper Towns

March 16, 2009

green01Ok, I’ll admit it:  I like John Green more than I like his books.  I’ve read Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns now, and I’ll admit that the general plot is different in each, but other than that they’re all the same to me.

In Paper Towns, Quentin lives next door to childhood-friend-turned-popular-goddess Margo Roth Spiegelman.  One night near the end of senior year, Margo appears at Quentin’s window, and the two set off on a mysterious and adventurous night executing Margo’s well-planned pranks.  The next day, Margo is not in school…nor the next, nor the next, etc.  Margo’s parents assume she’s run away from home yet again, but Quentin knows she’s off on another adventure waiting for someone to find her.  Quentin, with the help of his friends, follows the clues he believes she’s left him and embarks on his own adventure to find the Margo he knows and loves.

Although Paper Towns is probably my favorite of John Green’s three YA novels, this one did drag on a little after awhile.  Quentin, the nerdy awkward guy, and Margo, the beautiful I-don’t-care-what-you-think girl, seem just like the lead male and female characters of the other books, although I disliked the incredibly selfish Margo more than Alaska and Lindsey.  Still, Paper Towns has more mystery and adventure, which made it more exciting than the others to me.  Even though I didn’t think it was amazing, I would still go see the movie.