Paper Towns is a young adult novel by John Green. This review contains some minor spoilers
The book kicks off with the great opening of two children who make the grisly discovery of a dead body. Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman grow up next door to one another but are nearly strangers by the time they are seniors in high school. Quentin is bookish and quiet and Margo is popular and adventurous. The two have little to do with each other although Quentin spends much of his time watching and admiring Margo. One night Margo knocks on Quentin’s bedroom window to take him on an adventure, the two of them spend a night breaking into theme parks and getting revenge on classmates. It is the best night of Quentin’s life. The next day Margo doesn’t show up at school and it seems Margo has disappeared completely.
The story continues as Quentin uncovers clues Margo has left behind for him to find. Quentin breaks out of his shell as he searches for Margo.
This book was extremely well written, suspenseful and just plain interesting. Quentin as a narrator is funny and develops and changes throughout the book. I especially liked it when Quentin begins to distinguish between Margo the myth and Margo the actual person. Quentin’s buddies are delightful to read and the emotions and humor are very real. This book is hard to put down and I would read it again without hesitation.
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