Saturday, 14 March 2015

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Recently I've been getting through my books so quickly! This one lasted about a week on my commute to and from work and kept me on my toes because it's unlike any book I've read before. I love John Green's The Fault In Our Stars Book (book and film review here) and I've now got the full John Green collection. I'd say The Fault In Our Stars is his best by far, then Looking For Alaska is pretty good too. But on to the review...

Background: The lead character is Quentin Jacobsen and he's spent his whole life in love with this neighbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night she opens his window and asks him on an adventure with her that involves risks, revenge and fish. The following day Margo disappears, leaving a bunch of clues for Quentin and his friends to find where Margo is...

Review: It's one of those books that has a great beginning, dips in the middle, then picks it back up again for the ending. Although the ending did disappoint me a little bit, the overall message from the book was powerful to me. There's the continuous metaphor of 'strings' and how the strings inside you can get tangled and messed up, but they'll eventually straighten or inevitably break. It takes teenage love, adulthood and all the scary things about growing up and brings those issues to light. 

It isn't my favourite book of all time, but it is something I'll probably pick up again and re-read now I know what happens. I'd totally recommend reading The Fault In Our Stars (try not to cry...) and Looking For Alaska, as they're my top John Green books. I'm interested to see how Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff play Margo and Quentin in the film later this year - I think they're both pretty fitting for the parts!

Have you read this book before? What do you think of John Green's books?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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