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Review: Paper Towns

John Green has a habit of constantly returning to my bookshelves and, although I’ve read his books in a random order, I somehow managed to read the ones I liked the most last. First I read Looking for Alaska, which I somewhat enjoyed; then I read The Fault in our Stars, which was good, but also not in my favorites’ list; then I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was funnier; and then I read Paper Towns.

Paper Towns, by John Green

I had seen this book at the book store several times; I used to pass by it and simply ignore it. But when I saw the movie trailer, I finally decided to read it.

Quentin, or “Q”, is a simple, thoughtful young man who has spent his entire life in love with his neighbor/classmate Margo Roth Spiegelman, who is his complete opposite: she’s adventurous, driven, impulsive and mysterious. One night, Margo shows up at his bedroom window dressed like a ninja and with an elaborate eleven-step plan to get revenge on those who have wronged her. Q, of course, follows and together they have one of the funniest nights of their young lives. The next day, Q arrives to school only to realize that Margo has disappeared, and that she has left a trail of breadcrumbs just for him. Q decides to investigate, but the closer he gets, the more he realizes that Margo is not the girl everyone thinks she is.

Those of you who have already read John Green may notice that this book is similar to his first novel, Looking for Alaska. Out of the two, I definitely prefer Paper Towns. It’s a quick, easy and very entertaining.

My edition: Paperback, published in 2009 by Speak.
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