About “Paper Towns” by John Green

“Paper Towns” by John Green is the story about Quentin or Q and his undying love for the girl next door, Margo. After Q and Margo go on a revenge spree to get back at all the people who have wronged Margo, she disappears. While the mysterious Margo has disappeared, Q realizes that she has left him some clues to where she will be. It is only after following these clues that Q begins to realize that Margo may not be the girl he thought he knew.

When I started reading, I was constantly recommended John Green. I even bought a bunch of his books when they went on sale at my local bookstore. I have had them on my shelves for quite some time now. I decided to give this book a shot after seeing that they were going to make it into a movie. This was my first John Green book. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype.

Margo and Q’s revenge spree was probably the best part of the book, but even then you could tell that Margo was not a very likeable character. I along with other characters were wondering why Q had such strong feelings for this girl. It was his driving force really and it was just too much. After she disappears and Q finds the first clue, you are left with chapter after chapter of Q obsessing for a clue that was not meant to lead him to anything. He reads the clue over and over again and then comes up with nothing, then just reads the clue again. It dragged on too long for it to be enjoyable. The book is only three hundred and five pages, it should not have focused on that first clue for so damn long, like this paragraph.

The only enjoyable part after getting through the chapters on the first clue is the little road trip that Q and his friends take to find Margo. Although, it was short lived, it had the most comedic moments, but also had too many moments with almost no repercussions. The story line was unrealistic, the characters were unlikable, and the plot dragged on. I really did want to like this book, but as soon as I was done with the book, I was done with it. I was left very underwhelmed. Spoiler: I didn’t even watch the movie after. That is how much I didn’t enjoy this book.

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