Thursday, May 15, 2014

Paper Towns

Paper Towns
by: John Green

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you are looking for a great young adult book that goes deeper than you'd expect.
Category: Young Adult

Paper Towns is my first book I've ever read by John Green. It was on the NPR Best Young Adult Novels list, which is where I have to find several books for my annotated bibliography in my Young Adult and Children's Literature grad school class. So I have a couple more John Green novels on my list to read. I'm not sure what attracted me to this book as far as which one to start with of his, but I think it had something to do with the mystery aspect of it and the search to find someone who has disappeared. I did enjoy following all the clues and figuring out what had happened to Margo Roth Spiegelman, but more than anything, I enjoyed the idea that the book is about discovering who we really are and about discovering the truth about people who have maybe idealized in our minds. We all remember high school and having this perfect picture in our mind of our crush and what they are really like. This book just dove into what it looks like when that picture unravels and not because there is anything specifically wrong with them, but because there's something wrong with everybody. We're all flawed. Nobody is really perfect and learning to love and appreciate people is learning to see them for who they really are and accept them there. I loved that theme in this book. I enjoyed reading about the change in relationships between some of the characters and just about the discovery of who we all really are in general. It makes me excited to pick up another one of his books!

Things I liked
I absolutely love John Green's characters. He is truly a character novelist and I just want to be friends with all of them. Q, the main character, was really quirky and intelligent and amazing, in my opinion. I just loved him.

I also loved that the book had a clear theme that I could really relate to. I mentioned more about it above and it definitely made this something that I was thinking about for a long time after finishing the book.

Things I didn't
I didn't like the character of Margo at all and that was hard for me because she played such a major role in the book. It was all a part of the story and again went with the theme, but it's just never easy for me when I dislike a main character who isn't a villain in the story.

Overall: Great character novel about discovering who we really are.

Book 14 of 50

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