Saturday, May 19, 2012

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green
3.5 Stars  
Margo Roth Spiegelman has been 17 year old Quentin's crush for a long time; she lives next door, used to be his childhood friend, and they both go to the same school. However, they're in different cliques, and travel in different circles, although Quentin suspects that Margo is the sole reason why his band stopped being the school's bully target.

One night Margo climbs through Quentin's window and demands he accompany her - in his car - in order for her to finish accomplishing 11 items on her list. He agrees, although he isn't told what exactly it is that Margo intends to do.

After their spree, he looks forward to seeing Margo at school but finds out that she ran away from home. Because she had turned 18, she isn't considered missing, and her parents have had enough of her disappearances, and do not bother looking for her (I found that unrealistic, but it didn't really take away from the story for me).

Quentin's sees it as his mission to find Margo and enlists his friends for help. Margo usually leaves clues when she runs away and Quentin is set on finding her. He becomes obsessed with the thought and tries to crack the few clues she left behind, one of them being papertowns -fictitious towns. This part of the story was kind of slow, but otherwise, I enjoyed reading my second Green book. It was less dramatic than Looking for Alaska, but quite enjoyable.