Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review -- Paper Towns by John Green

by John Green
Penguin, 2009
320 pages
*I borrow this book from the library.

Summary: Quentin is a high school senior with just a few weeks to graduate, when Margo Roth Spiegelman (his next door neighbor and lifelong crush) knocks on his bedroom window. Quentin and Margo spend a mischievous night driving around Orlando and the next day Margo disappears. Quentin begins a journey with his friends to find Margo based on clues she has left.

Review: I absolutely could not put this novel down. The characters are fun, smart, and interesting high school students who are pulled into the mystery of Margo's disappearance. John Green keeps the story rolling with an intriguing plot, crisp dialogue, and wonderful characters. A theme of accepting who you are and who others are reverberates throughout the novel. The pace of the book was a little odd for me. There were pages and pages spent on only one clue and then a mad dash at the end of the novel to get them to their destination. Overall, a read I absolutely recommend. Rating: ****1/2 out of 5.


christina said...

Seriously. Wasn't this such a great book? It totally instigated my fangirl crush on John Green.

I mean, really. I listened to this on audio and ACTUALLY WANTED TO WORK OUT. What is that all about?!?

Sue Jackson said...

This book (and this author) have been on my want-to-read list for a long time - sounds like I need to move it up the list! Thanks for the review -


Literary Feline said...

This does sound good! I love a good mystery and, as you know, recently became a John Green fan. And that was only after reading one book. :-) I am glad you liked this one!