John Green’s ‘Paper Towns’

This one is more geared toward a younger audience, but is still an interesting read for someone at any age.
John Green has a way of incorporating the perfect amount of details so that the reader can associate oneself with the characters in the story.

To everyone who associates with Margo Roth Spiegelman, she is an adventurous, unconventional, and intelligent person that everyone seems to place on a pedestal. So when Margo sneaks into Quentin Jacobsen’s late one night and involves him in her crazy exploits, he can’t help but feel as if he is living in a new chapter of his life, and just maybe he can be a part of the adventures that he has only ever dreamed of with the only girl he’s ever cared about; Margo.

But the next morning all of Quentin’s hopes are dashed with Margo’s disappearance. Her parents and the police think this is just another one of her stunts. Margo has left a string of clues in her path, one right after another, which seem to be left for only one person, Quentin. He’s not quite sure what he will find, but he is also determined not to give up.

The mystery in Paper Towns is clever, and will leave readers searching for more while a close group of friends struggle to piece together the clues with some frustration and tons of humor. But these teens are just as quick to get serious as they contemplate what has actually happened to Margo. Quentin is at a stand-still when he has to deal with his own torn feelings when he finally sees her in a completely different light… with a little help from the poetry of Walt Whitman.

‘Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.’ For me, that really sums up what this book is about, our expectations of one another, and the way in which we can never truly understand other people. It’s one of those instances where it can pretty much sum up what being a teenager is all about. And all of the confusion that went along with it.

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