Crushing on the girl next door? It happens. Crushing on the girl next door who is NOTHING like the “girl next door”…that happened to Quentin. As kids they were best friends and they grew apart — Margo became popular and Quentin didn’t. Quentin continued to watch her from afar until she climbs into his window at the wee hours of the night and asks him to join her on the adventure of his lifetime to execute her masterful plan of revenge. After their epic night in which Quentin learns a little about this quirky and one of a kind neighbor of his, Margo vanishes and Quentin is left to piece together the crazy clues Margo left behind while he gets to know the real Margo that been a mystery to him since they were kids.
Paper Towns. Wow. This book has been on my bookshelf for a while but I just never got around to reading it. I’d read Let It Snow and Will Grayson, Will Grayson but had never fully immersed myself in a John Green novel. To say this book was fabulous is an understatement. To say it’s easily been put on my little shelf of “favorite books”…well that’s just the truth.
John Green’s Paper Towns was one of those books that I will undoubtedly read over and over again. It was smart, witty, quirky and beyond thought-provoking. There were so many pages I wanted to dog-ear or highlight or tattoo onto my freaking body. The prose was lovely, the characters were dynamic and the adventure was just downright fun yet had many soul-searching moments. This was the type of book that held immense truths that I couldn’t stop thinking about. It kind of gave me the warm and fuzzies thinking about things like accepting people for who they are, the dynamics of friendships and more!
The 3 things that really made love this book were:
1) The characterization — Every single character just really seemed to seem very dimensional and added a lot to the novel. I could relate to a lot of them or recognize these people as REAL people I’ve encountered. Margo was such an enigma and I loved how Quentin begin to see her for who she REALLY was rather than the picture he had painted of her and wanted her to be. Quentin was just a really great character to be in the head of — so introspective, observant and just very relatable. I loved watching him learn about himself as he learned about Margo and what might have happened to her. Quentin’s friends were so memorable and their roadtrip in the book was just such a great scene in the book.
2) The little details — The black Santas, that one passage of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (I have always loved Whitman!) that really drives a lot of the novel, etc. etc. I could go on.
3. The writing — John Green has a gift and I don’t really know how to explain his writing. It seems trite to say it’s AMAZING but he really does write in that way I love — accessible but packed with SO many truths and observations and SO many quoteable passages that just make me remember why I love reading so much. I haven’t read a book in a long time that made me think and reflect and peak into the innermost part of my being. AND I LOVE THAT. And the dialogue? A+ for sure.
If you haven’t read Paper Towns yet or given John Green a chance, I would recommend it. As I mentioned in my list of 10 books I recommend to non-YA readers, this one is definitely one I will recommend all around. I am going to be taking Looking For Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines off my bookshelf sooner rather than later and will also be picking up his newest book — The Fault In Our Stars — soon!
Two Quotes I Love:
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”