“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” - John Green
Everyone always hopes for a miracles and Quentin gets his. The book starts with 9-year old Quentin ‘Q’ gawking across the road at his new neighbour Margo. They quickly became friends and went on bike rides together and had a great time until one day they came across a dead body which changed everything. Years later both Margo and Q were in high school and they drifted apart each going their own ways…
Until one night when Margo came to his window and invites him to go on an adventure to seek revenge. They had their adventure and they both hoped that now things would change between them, but the next morning Margo had vanished. The book then follows Q and his friends while they try to solve the mystery of Margo with the perplexing clues she left behind…
Will the puzzle be mended?
Was it all for nothing?
Did Margo ever intend to be found?
Paper Towns was a fantastic, interesting and mysteriously unique book which in no way is like any other. From the element of humour to the enhancing metaphors used throughout the book to create more meaning and symbolism particularly through Margo’s character. This book definitely had you coming back to find out what happens next with the mystery of Margo and even makes you feel like the detective trying to solve the case. The book was written very well incorporating a connection between the characters and the readers particularly through the clues, trying to put the crumbs together before Q and his friends do.
I really like how the book tried to incorporate several concepts not just those visible the naked eye. The book didn’t have one strict persona of Margo’s character, rather it was built through the other characters representation, kind of like an idea which could quickly be forgotten and changed with the click of a finger. Most saw her as the girl who had it all, the beautiful complexion and the care free young life-even Q. However as the story continues his idea of Margo evolves and in a way becomes more complex. Which is why I really like the identity element of Margo and how no one till the end really remembers that she is still human has her own chosen path for her future.
If I was to give some kind of criticism (quite a difficult ask) would be that the middle of the book did slow down compared to the rest, however it quickly recovers and continues through the mystery.
I don't give many books the five-star rating however I do believe that this book did deserve it!
After having read the book I needed someone to talk to about it, and we were both disappointed with the ending. Not because it wasn’t good rather because in a way It broke your heart and sad, though in a way was meant to be…
I would recommend this book to everyone, particularly if you are a fan of John Green or fans of similar authors. Though I think everyone should give the book a go particularly as it incorporates several types of genres (mystery, adventure and romance).
I would suggest the book to young mature readers 13 years and above.
The book has been made into a movie though I feel like the book was better, so as always I would recommend you to read it first.
Paper Towns by John Green AUD $15.99 (approx.)
The Young Book Critic