Q's best friend Ben was a character I disliked throughout the most part of the book, with his derogatory language and backstabbing personality. However, I think he added drama to the plot, and most readers can relate to having a friend like him.
I really liked the character of Radar, Q's other best friend who is more intellectual and into posting on a site meant to be a parody of Wikipedia. In the second half of the book, we get to know Lacey, a former popular person and enemy of the three boys who befriends them and helps in the quest to find Margo. She was a character who I grew to like gradually, but by the end of the book I could see how necessary she was to solving the mystery.
Throughout most of the book, Margo is more of an idea than a character. Everybody has different memories of her, and so sees her differently. Q's idea of Margo evolves through the story, and her character becomes steadily more complex. Even when we discover the real Margo, she is still one of the most complicated characters in YA.
Paper Towns was one of the funniest books I have come across in ages. There is ongoing snarky wit in the first two parts, mainly coming through Q's reactions to the strange things Margo seems to have done.
A lot of comic relief also comes through Ben, particularly when he is drunk. Despite this, in my opinion, the funniest part of the book was the road trip towards the end. I won't spoil it, but it is crazily random and had me actually laughing out loud. Not only this, but the book almost has its own language of inside jokes: Black Santas, catfish and beer swords are all involved.
If I had to find a criticism for this book a hard feat , I would say the plot starts to drag slightly in the middle. There is a period where the clues all slow down a bit, and the humour is lost. That said, it picks up again with a major discovery.
The ending of this book will break your heart. It's sad, but it feels right given the rest of the story. Everything is pulled together. I loved how the metaphors recur throughout the story, making everything flow together. I've recently been thinking that all John Green books seem to have a common language. I smiled every time I saw references to his other books. I could go on and on about this book, but I'll stop there. To conclude, Paper Towns is a remarkable and funny book with great characters and beautiful metaphors.
But to be honest, I think anyone and everyone could gain something from reading this. Want to tell the world about a book you've read?
Join the site and send us your review! Green did a fantastic job of making these last moments of senior year so believable. It made me want to go back and relive my own last year of high school. I never thought I would say that. As long as mine included a road trip, of course.
And Quentin is a great narrator. He was so real and down to earth, and I so enjoyed going on this journey with him as he took himself completely out of his element. You know that saying, you can tell a lot about a person by their friends? Their friendship is the real deal. I could probably swoon about this book for another words if I had the space or time or you had the patience to read it. One more thing worth mentioning is this whole idea Green presents about feeling a connection with someone, or just wanting them in general and how your mind builds up these certain ideas about them and you create some version of who they are in your head.
When you finally get to know this person, they will probably be entirely different than what you imagined. Or just how much it could mess with your notion of reality. So my plan after reading this is to buy my own copy and re-read it. While taking out every other John Green book from the library. Add to Goodreads Buy on Amazon. Thanks for the review though. Lou-Ann - Great review! My favorite character is Ben, he makes the book a little less serious. Please check out my review here…. Paper Towns by John Green books, etc.
I have yet to read Paper Towns, but after your glowing review, I think I need to get on that! In My Mailbox Meme: Estelle - J, I think this might be the perfect read for you then. Maybe a bit at the end? Estelle - S, this was a lovely comment to see when I first woke up. Thank you so much. You know how much I hate crying. I think I can do this one, though! Estelle - Hollie, thanks for the comment!
Estelle - Mands, you make me laugh a lot. I also bought if for a friend. So that means it must be pretty good, right? VeganYANerds - Estelle — you had me at laughing out loud! I always a appreciate a book that can make me laugh and now I just have to read this! Your email is never published or shared. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Paper Towns has , ratings and 45, reviews. Jamie said: I need to start off with my criticism of John Green:1) Margo and Quentin are exactly the /5.
John Green, Paper Towns Paper Towns is a fantastic, interesting and unique novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was very eager to read this following how much I loved An Abundance of Katherines, and.
Verdict: Paper Towns has a quiet, thoughtful story and is ultimately a book with heart, and soul. John Green is easily my new author crush. John Green is easily my new author crush. Rating: 8 – Excellent leaning towards a 9. out of 5 stars Paper Towns Review - By Bridget Donnelly I love Paper Towns by John Green, cause it show a story about a young high school boy and his crush margo. Read more/5(K).
Sep 17, · Read Common Sense Media's Paper Towns review, age rating, and parents guide. Edgy, compelling teen angst mystery. Read Common Sense Media's Paper Towns review, age rating, and parents guide. Jump to navigation. For Parents; For Educators John Green's characters often go on road trips. What other road trip books or movies can you think of 4/4. Whether or not he finds Margo and her paper towns, Quentin discovers love and finds that it can be just as elusive and multifaceted and imperfect as Margo. With author John Green at the controls, the ride is always memorable.