Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Paper Towns By John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Rating: 3/5

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.

John Green, ever since reading his first novel, Looking for Alaska, has become one of my favorite authors. After reading Looking for Alaska, I had to get my hands on Paper Towns. Assuming by judging his first book being awesome the second book will sure to be better. But when I started reading I kept looking at the cover to make sure my friend who bought me it bought Paper Towns and not Looking for Alaska. The characters from the first book are pretty much the same charecters in Paper Towns, but just with different names, different state, and a kind of different situation. I was some what kind of disappointed in this book.

I mean don't get me wrong I still like it, but really how can you try a new type of gum made by the same factory of your old gum when the new type of gum taste like the old one you love? As in the Looking for Alaska there were some funny parts and parts in the book that made me want to stop and think and store a certain line in my head to use on my friends one day if they ever need some wisdom, that I can't come up with on my own, but there really wasn't much to Paper Towns.
Again it was the same as the first book, Miles=Quentin, Captain=Ben, Asian kid= Radar, Alaska=Margo, and foreign girl= Lacey. But I must say I kind of relate to Margo alot when it comes to the "paper town people". Where everyone follows the same plan. You graduate high school, go to college, fall in love, get married, have babies, and etc. I feel like there is more to life than just the original plan that almost everyone follows and have to get away from it all and start at a new place. A fresh start to make my own plan and rules and etc. To get away from small town feel. Anway Paper Towns was a good read, it's just I hated that it's a replica of the LFA.

"That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste."
— John Green (Paper Towns)

"Dude, I don’t want to talk about Lacey’s prom shoes. And I’ll tell you why: I have this thing that makes me really uninterested in prom shoes. It’s called a penis."
— John Green (Paper Towns)

"Poetry is just so emo,' he said. 'Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul."
— John Green (Paper Towns)
(I find this hilarious because my friend Chelsea and Robert told me the exact same thing when I told them I wrote a poem haha)

"You just gotta tell her, man,’ I said. ‘You just gotta say, “Angela, I really like you, but there’s something you need to know: when we go to my house and hook up, we’ll be watched by the twenty-four hundred eyes of twelve hundred black Santas."
— John Green (Paper Towns)


  1. i LOVE John Green, espeiclaly looking for alaska and this book here is on my reading list!

  2. I love joh Green also, but just disappointed by this book haha, I love his vlog that he shares with his brother