Monday, January 4

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green is book about the imagination, curiosity, high school stereotypes that can be broken, young adventures, and Walt Whitman. Quentin Jacobsen has always admired his next door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar, until the girl that he has always imagined and fantasized about shows up at his window dressed like a ninja, ready to take him on her latest adventure. It is the bes night of his life and he cannot wait for the morning when life will be different after his night with Margo. But she has disappeared.

Quentin discovers countless clues that she left for him to find. He frantically tries to piece the clues together and find the girl that changed his life. Will he be able to find her, or is she just a figment of his imagination, a girl that he never really knew as well as he thought he did.

This book was witty, mysterious, and unexpected. It was a quick read that kept the reader's attention with its humor, bur also dug deeper into the emotions of the young characters. You begin to imagine Margo as this fantastic creature just as Q imagines her, but at the end, you realize along with him that she is just a regular person. I especially liked the Walt Whitman quotes throughout the book and the references to the paper towns.

"It's a paper town. I mean look at it, Q: look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters."

Did Margo leave to escape the paper town? If so, did she intend for Q to follow her?

"Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you"
-"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman

1 comment:

oO Mariana Oo said...

I just read it and really liked it. Like you said, is unexpected and I really liked that.

-Mari
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