Sunday, February 22, 2009

Paper Towns- my thoughts

Paper Towns
by John Green
Young Adult
320 pages

From Goodreads:
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Just like his other two novels that I've read, Green has this way with his writing that grabbed me by the shirt and pulled me into the book. Not everything is what it seems on the OUTSIDE with these characters and it isn't until you truly find out who Margo really is that the pieces fall into place and you understand that each person, regardless of age, is just trying to find out WHO they really are. Green has written another solid story and one that I would highly recommend. I especially love how he's taken such an obscure, unknown fact as a paper town and wrote a whole book based on that premise...the man is a genius I tell ya!!! Of course, my favorite character is Quentin. He's lovable, he's honest, he's a true FRIEND, and he is hopelessly in love with the IDEA of Margo and who he thought she was. After they go on their night of revenge Margo disappears and it is during that time period of trying to find her that Quentin actually discovers some real truths about himself and in the end Margo. This book has it all and I think anyone would be happy that they took the time to read it. And if you haven't read any of John Green's books...STOP...and put them on your TBR list NOW!!!!! Make it a must-read for 2009!!! And, as always, because I'm a quote and passage freak, I will leave you with a couple of my favorites from this book.


I shrugged my shoulders. I didn't know the answer, but of course I had my hopes: maybe Margo needed to see my confidence. Maybe this time she wanted to be found, and to be found by me. maybe just as she had chosen me on the longest night, she had chosen me again. And maybe untold riches awaited he who found her.

p. 115


"I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen," Whitman writes. And then for two pages, he's just hearing: hearing a steam whistle, hearing people's voices, hearing an opera. he sits on the grass and lets the sound pour through him. And this is what I was trying to do, too, I guess: to listen to all the little sounds of her, because before any of it could make sense, it had to be heard. For so long, I hadn't really heard Margo-I'd seen her screaming and thought her laughing-that now I figured it was my job. to try, even at this great remove, to hear the opera of her.

p. 196


My favorite one:

The fundamental mistake I had always made-and that she had, in fairness, always led me to-was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.

Other Reviews:

Nymeth- things mean a lot: Paper Towns Review
Stuff as Dreams are Made On
Book Nut
Presenting Lenore
Casual Dread
Heather at Book Addiction


  1. Wowwwwwwwww that sounds good......just went to the book store last night and got me some new books....looks like I will be adding that to my next buying list! :):):):):):):)

  2. Just a quote freak...I think not! Sounds like another good book. The book I'm currently reading is by Jon Green....FreaKy!

  3. lol, I'm glad I'm not the only quote freak around :P

    And yep...the man's a genius!

  4. It sounds like a good book. I have SO many on my list. I keep adding more. LOL!

    Hope all went good with the wrestling match!
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!

  5. Great review. YOu know I've not read this or any of Green's books but after such a glowing recommendation this is going on my wishlist. Hopefully to be read sometime this year. lol. Glad you loved it so much and great quotes.

  6. I like that last quote a lot too!

  7. I have heard wonderful things about this book. I will definitely have to keep my eye out for it. Thanks for a great review, Staci.

  8. I keep hearing about John Green! I'm going to have to read something of his one of these days.

  9. I'm glad you liked this one so much! I just started it yesterday, I'm really hoping to enjoy it as much as you did. :) I'll let you know soon..

  10. I brought this one home from the Library Monday!

  11. I just read it and liked it. Hope all is well at your house.


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