Paper Towns by John Green
Pub Date: September 2009
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I’m just going to be completely honest and say that the only reason I picked up this book was because the movie was coming out soon. For some reason, I’ve always delayed reading this book in favor of reading others. Thankfully the looming movie premiere date motivated me to read it (quickly!).
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, entertaining, and everything you’d expect a John Green novel to be. However, after finishing, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that there was something missing. I went over a mental list of all the things that I felt make a book great- the characters and their stories felt real, the plot kept me wanting more, the mystery was intriguing, and their was an underlying theme that I felt was important. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but then I realized what it was! Despite how wonderful the book was it didn’t ‘wow’ me. Reviewers and friends had hyped the book so much that I didn’t get to experience the same wow factor that they did, which is really disappointing.
On the other hand, I really enjoyed how John Green, once again, featured teenagers as intelligent human beings that did have faults and insecurities. Unlike most YA characters, Q is very smart and is excited for his ‘ordinary’ future. Although he admires Margo he does not change to be like her, but evolves to become a better him. There is no fairy tale ending, much like The Fault in Our Stars Green opts for a realistic ending that is bittersweet, but realistic and I really love that.