Book Review: Paper Towns, by John Green

paper_townsHave you ever met someone, maybe a person who is a huge influence on life, who you immediately had a first impression from them and you were also swept away when you found out that your first thoughts weren’t true? If so, then you’re on league with Quentin Jacobsen, a senior in high school who is in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Quentin (nicknamed Q) is Margo’s neighbor, and has been her friend since they were young. Margo is like an enigma to him. She is the one who is adventurous, has run away four times, and once dressed up as a ninja in order to take Q on a wild adventure. Now, she has run away for a fifth time, and left clues to find her again. Only this time, Q finds out how different she is.

While this book is filled with comedy that anybody over the age of 13 would find funny, there are some scenes that some people might find inappropriate for people under the same age. For example, one time Q went out alone with Margo, who just happens to be the prettiest girl in high school, and when his friends found out about that, they made him write a term paper (30 pages min.), draw a realistic picture, make a sculpture, and write a poem describing the female anatomy. (pg 88) Additionally, some male anatomy parts are mentioned.

However, this book actually teaches an important lesson in the life of first impressions. Q has to learn that the adventurous girl that he thought he knew “was not a miracle…not an adventure…not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.” (pg 199)
-Megan V., 8th grade

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Paper Towns, by John Green

    • “We call them ‘curse words’ and we don’t think about that; but what we’re saying here is that they’re magic. Because I think deep down we always knew that words are magic. And some words have more power than others … We can build worlds with words. We can tear worlds down. Language is the tool that all of this wonderful stuff I’m surrounded by is built on. It’s the one tool over any other that created humanity. And it’s just so [god-dang freaking] beautiful.”
      -Hank Green (John’s brother)
      I read this book a long time ago, and have thoroughly reread it at least a dozen times since. 🙂
      “Isn’t it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”
      I find it intriguing how mentally unstable and emotionally volatile the teenage female main characters/love interests are in most of his books. It makes me wonder if that is what he’s attracted too; I wonder what his wife is like.
      This was one of those books that, for me, forced me to disband from human society and all things concrete, thinking simply, EVERYTHING ELSE SHALL WAIT, CAN WAIT, WILL WAIT; NOTHING ELSE MATTERS; EVERYONE GO AWAY; JEEZ, JUST LET ME READ; UGH PEOPLE, QUIT TRYING TO ENGAGE ME IN CONVERSATION, JUST LET ME READ.
      Anyone else feel anything along these lines?? 😉

  1. I have had this book on my to-read list as well as my bookshelf…wondering how this will turn out. Thanks for the review!

  2. I recently read Paper Towns, and I loved it! The ending was excellent. It was a light read with a moving ending. Nice review!

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