Paper Towns – Book Review

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Length: 305 pages

Release Date: 3 May 2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Description: Q has been in love with Margo since he was ten-years-old, back then they used to be friends and neighbours, now they’re just neighbours. Q looks at Margo in the hallways at school and wishes he could be over there hearing her laugh, one night his wish comes true and he gets to spend the whole night with Margo, helping her get revenge on her cheating boyfriend and all her lying friends. By the end of the night Q hopes things will be different at school the next day, and he’s right but not the different he was expecting – Margo has gone missing and Q feels like she has left him some clues at to her whereabouts and so he drops everything, including graduation to find her. But can he solve the clues and find Margo?

My Thoughts: I bought this book a couple of weeks ago but I was too busy readying myself for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and reading overdue library books to have the time to read this as well. Although every now and then my eyes would glance up at the space on the bookcase where Paper Towns sat and look longingly at the spine of the book, so you can probably tell I was excited when I finally had the time to read it!

I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars before and it was amazing but never until this book had I read another John Green book although I was desperate to and this book definitely didn’t let me down.

I read it in about 24 hours because I was so hooked to everything that was going on, I had to know what was going to happen next and the book was just impossible to put down, it was almost like it was glued to my hands and my fingers were being robotically forced to turn the pages, my eyes forced to read the words on the page, it got to the stage where I was just so desperate to know what happened at the end that for the first time ever I very almost considered reading the very end so I knew what happened, knew if the mystery of Margo was solved but I managed to stop myself, forced myself to think rationally and that rationale was telling me that I should read the book page by page until I got the answers I wanted and so I did.

The characters were great, there was great characterisation, all the supposed to me likable characters were likeable and all the not supposed to be likeable characters were not likeable. I also felt like there was a lovely number of characters, both good and bad and the relationships they had with each other were really good, and I kind of felt like they were my friends, I kind of felt like I should be getting my phone out and texting Q, asking him how the search for Margo is going but of course I could not because he was just a work of fiction. But everything that happened felt so realistic and I could imagine everything that happened so clearly in my head, it was like it was actually happening right in front of me.

There’s this thing that John Green does where he writes in a really intelligent way and therefore you think you’re reading something really intelligent when actually they are just sentences that would appear in normal books but in John Green’s books they seem to be really intelligent sentences, and I really like that about the way he writes. And of course there’s also the fact that he writes in a really philosophical kind of way I think and you always feel like everything’s really deep and got a really important message and I like that too.

I would really suggest reading Paper Towns both if you’ve read another novel by him or if you haven’t.

I would rate this book 5/5 stars for being really suspenseful and such an amazing page-turner. It was funny, it was sad, it was everything it should be and more!

Please comment on this post and tell me your thoughts and feelings on the novel, or post a link to your own review in the comments section (it’s great promotion!), I would love to hear what you thought of Paper Towns! Also make sure to like and share this post!

Other Books By The Author: Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-write), The Fault In Our Stars, Let It Snow (co-write),

Other Information: Paper Towns was turned into a 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. The DVD is out now. And the film was rated 12A.

6 thoughts on “Paper Towns – Book Review

  1. charleighthewarrior says:

    I picked up this book a few months ago and I honestly couldn’t get into it 😦
    It’s so sad because I love John Green but reading this I think i’m going to give it another go! I think I was in a bit of a reading slump at that point! xx


    • candyy17 says:

      Hey Charleigh! Thank you for your comment! I totally get what you mean! I’ve had moments where I haven’t been getting into reading very much. I think if you like John Green you should definitely give it another go, I’ve had times before when I tried reading the same book about three times and gave up and it was only after forcing myself to finish the fourth time that I realised that it was truly an amazing book! If you do read it let me know what you thought! =)


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