Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
“Surround yourself with an air of mystery so that everyone pays attention.”
Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
This was the second book I’ve read from John Green after The Fault in our Stars. This book was my top priority because I wanted to read it first before I see the movie. I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed and loved TFIOS. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I really got bored, especially in the middle part.
The first part, it all started when one night Margo climbs through Q’s window asking for help and then they go to this one night adventure. Q have been in love with Margo since forever, so he can’t decline Margo even though it’s past midnight. It was similar a revenge for Margo to people who she thought was her friends, but then not really, and also to her boyfriend who was been cheating on her the whole time.
The second/middle part is when Margo went missing. She was missing the day after their (Margo & Q’s) adventure. Everyday, Q got worried, and worries some more. Q remembered that Margo loves leaving clues about her whereabouts, Q then thought that maybe Margo left something for him to find her, and then Q become obsessed with it. He kept on looking for clues and for Margo in different places.
The last part was Q together with his friends (Radar, Ben and Lucy) missed their graduation just for a long ride to find Margo. It was a 21 hour boring ride and then they found Margo. Margo was shocked to see them and she told Q that she doesn’t want to be found, she left so that everyone can be everyone and she could be herself.
Sometimes we like to fall in love with our perfect thought of other people and not investing in real life getting to know the real them. And even if they turn out not to be what we wish, reality is always better than an illusion.
Maybe John Green’s books are just really hyped but there are a lot of better books out there which are not just discovered. I am not a hater because I really loved TFIOS, but after reading Paper Towns maybe I would be on a short hiatus with John Green’s book.