#bookreview: Paper Towns by John Green

Well, I’m back! As my previous post explained, I was going through a really tough time; something that not many people knew about. However, I am getting better, it’ll take some time to get t0 100%, but I know I’ll get there.

During my little absence, I bought a new laptop, which means lots of new blog posts coming up – no more writing on my mobile.

So, Happy Monday, I give you a new book review – enjoy!

Paper Towns CoverFormat: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 19th December 2016
Pages: 305 Pages

The Blurb
Quentin has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.

But the next day Margo doesn’t come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery – culminating in another awesome road trip across America – he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.

Masterfully written by John Green, this is a thoughtful, insightful and hilarious coming-of-age story.

Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Review

I’ll firstly start off by saying that I saw Paper Towns the film before I read the book, which I never do! No, Clare, you should always read the book first, the books are always better! (You may disagree with me on this, though!)

I knew about John Green when The Fault in Our Stars made an appearance. The book was great, so it was only natural that I gave another Green novel a go. Paper Towns was given to me as a gift, so that was the next one for me.

Right from the beginning you know that Margo is gonna be a badass and Quentin will  act like a love-sick puppy when around her. However, it doesn’t last that long because after an evening of revenge she goes missing – but not without evidence, she leaves clues for other people to find her and this is where Quentin steps in. He embarks on an adventure, with the help of his friends, to try and find Margo and hopefully, stop her from doing stupid things again.

The element I liked most was the banter between Quentin and his friends. I could just imagine three “weird” teenage boys hanging around high school, but still having the time of their lives. Personally, I don’t think Quentin should have even bothered trying to find Margo, she doesn’t bother with him for years and then all of sudden she wants to be friends again? talk about rude! I suppose she may have thought that no one else understood her, so turned to Quentin for some guidance – who knows!

The rest of the story? Hmm it was a little lacking in energy for me. I don’t know what it was and that’s probably not the most helpful in a review, but Paper Towns just did not excite me as much as I thought it would.


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2 thoughts on “#bookreview: Paper Towns by John Green

  1. Kate Scott says:

    A Fault in Our Stars was lacking in energy for me, so now I’m wondering if that’s a thing with Green’s writing. I halfheartedly considered watching the film adaptation of Paper Towns but finally decided to pass.

    • Clare says:

      I’m probably not the best person when it comes to watching films, but Paper Towns, the movie adaptation, wasn’t the best. Out of the book and movie, I definitely preferred the book, BUT, the story itself is a little lacking!

      Thanks for stopping by Kate! 🙂

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