Thursday, 21 March 2013

Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Published: October 2008

Publisher: Speak

What They Say: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.

What Sheli Says: After reading The Fault in Our Stars last year I was intrigued by John Green's writing, even though I have only really just got into young adult books. I liked the premise of this book and am very glad that I gave it a go. 

This book is well paced and full of detail. It's like a detective meets and adventurer and goes on a crazy road trip. It is full of moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, and more importantly kept me guessing. It is obviously well researched and I loved the detail about map makers adding in a pretend town as a way to keep ownership of the design of the map.

The characters were well formed and I liked that the main character Q was a bit of an underdog and really seemed to have a lower opinion of himself than other people did. I found that really endearing and in some ways reminded me of myself.

I will definitely be reading more from John Green, and my Amazon wishlist has already got somewhat longer!

Sheli's Rating: 8/10


“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will”

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