Publication Date: September 22nd 2009
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
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.This is my third John Green book, and this is the third book he has written that I have found to be above and beyond satisfactory. Paper towns is about a boy named Quentin who has loved the girl next door, Margo ever since they played together when they were younger. Though it has been years since they last had a proper conversation he still admires her from afar until one night she sneaks out of her window and takes him on an all night plot of revenge against several people.
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.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
Quentin I see as a boy with the author's character. If you have ever seen any of the VlogBrothers' videos on youtube you know that John is a very nerdy, funny, and sometimes awkward person and he is just the most amazingly unique writer. Similar to John Quentin is also very nerdy and often times funny and awkward but also very loyal and determined. Margo, the girl Quentin is in love with next door begins as a mystery for both the reader and Quentin. Margo is very adventurous and loves to take risks. She also stands up for herself, though she might not always do it in a proper manner.
The plot is mainly based around the journey of finding out who Margo really is and Quentin's realization that he really didn't know the girl he loved as well as he thought he did. John Green has a very creative and well thought out writing style as well as a very large vocabulary when he writes. The way he writes really makes young adult reading very interesting for those who like books about people who aren't perfect and might be nerdy, or smart, or just a real person.
The ending was the only thing I didn't quite find satisfactory because it wasn't what I was hoping for and it seemed very incomplete though it was a very logical ending to the story. Overall this book was quite enjoyable and way both funny and serious in just the right times as well as having the ability to make readers think about various ideas that were discussed in the story.