Review: Paper Towns by John Green
Summary: 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.
I read Paper Towns more than two years ago, but I still remember it as my favorite John Green book. Many people might disagree with me, but I’ve always found this one to be the superior one out of An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska. Paper Towns follows the point of view of Quentin, who’s always had a thing for Margo, and one day she vanishes. She leaves clues for him to find, which sends Quentin on a journey of self-discovery and realization that he was not prepared for.
Many people might dispel this novel as an example of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope, but I strongly disagree with this claim. This novel is about dispelling the MPDG trope itself—and it’s sad that so many people can’t see it. Personally, This was the book that made me want to take road trips and experience life for myself and not just center it around something or someone, which is, ultimately, the lesson in this book. I hold this book very near and dear to my heart and it’s one that I would read time after time again (if I had that luxury).
I gave this book 5/5 stars on goodreads.