Book Review: Paper Towns

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3 open books

Genre: YA
Published: September 22, 2009 by Speak
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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…


I didn’t know about Paper Towns until I saw a film trailer with Cara Delevingne in it. And since I like her quirkiness, I thought I’d give the book a try before the I make the mistake of watching the movie first.

Now on to what I think about it.

I had high hopes for this book. It started out strong, witty and funny. The character development was really good. The first chapters have really piqued my interest.  I was really hooked. I wanted to get to know Quentin and Margo Roth Spiegelman more, and I wanted to how their story ends.  I also wanted to know whether they will end up happily together or not.

It started with who Margo Roth Spiegelman to Quentin. It then went on to their first hang out after a long time, pulling pranks on Margo Roth Spiegelman’s ex-boyfriend, ex-bestfriend and some kids at their school.

Now I got to say that the pranks they pulled were pretty hilarious. They had me laughing out loud my neighbors prolly think I’m crazy. If they were real people, I’d probably feel sorry for them.

Of course, the story doesn’t there. Spending an all-nighter pulling pranks was just the beginning.  The real story is when when Quentin and his friends go on a man hunt to find Margo Roth Spiegelman (excuse me for writing her full name because you just have to, lol!) using clues that she left behind. Now the whole thing was fun and exciting. You never know what they’ll uncover just from the quotes and highlights that Margo — okay, I’ll just say ‘she’ since it’s quite a type — she left. I’ve also learned a thing or two about her (you know who). Like, the way she finds pleasure in planning. I’m kind of like that too. I like to plan things, but I have a hard time following through with them. Usually, I just ask someone else to do the laborious tasks. Haha. But of course, when my OC-iness kicks in, I can be a perfectionist.

Anyway, when I reached the part when Q finally find out that she was staying at one of the paper towns in America, that got my excitement going. I spent an all-nighter myself one weekend just to get to the good part.

But alas, I was disappointed. I thought it was going to be a happy ending for Q and M (now that’s a better shortcut), but nay. It was a good ending, though. At least, it teaches you that you can’t expect everything to bend your way. No matter how much you exert effort, there are just things that aren’t meant to be. Nevertheless, you learn more about yourself along the way.

Now, you’re probably asking why only three open books even I had fun reading it? Well, despite having a good laugh while reading Paper Towns, it wasn’t as fulfilling as I hoped it would be. Like I said, I didn’t like the ending. After all the climax it sent me through, it just ended with a short, abrupt anti-climax. I was like, was that it?

That being said, it’s a fun read if you’re looking for something to pass the time. But if you’re looking for a happy ending, this isn’t the book for you.

Favorite Quote: 

The pleasure isn’t in doing the thing; the pleasure is in planning it.






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