BR: Paper Towns by John Green

“The future deserves our faith.”

This is the second John Green book I’ve read, and it really wasn’t as good as the first.

“I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”

I thought it was a good concept, and the plot points were well thought out and executed, but it was the writing and main characters which let it down. The plot was not bad, it did really picked up near the end.

 

“I tramp a perpetual journey.”

 

  • Writing quality: 3/5
  • Plot movement: 3.5/5
  • Plot strength: 2.5/5
  • Characters: 2.5/5
  • Enjoyability: 3/5 – Although I didn’t enjoy this very much at all, I found some characters (especially Ben and Radar) very witty.
  • Ease of reading: 4/5
  • Thought-provoking: 3/5
  • Merit and originality: 2.5/5
  • Overall love: 5/10

58%

“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will.”

DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK – SPOILER ALERT!


 

“Maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we’re grass – our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive.”

I didn’t really like the two main characters, Margo and Quentin. I found Margo irritatingly foolish. Quentin was naive to be completely obssessed with finding Margo, even though he had important finals and graduation to concentrate on, and selfish to expect his friends to give those up too.

“Humans lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.”

For how old and linguistically sophisticated Quentin was, I don’t think he really understood himself. There was a point where he commented upon how selfish Ben was for wanting to go to prom, and being completely swept up in the planning, but was he really selfish? I think Quentin was selfish for ignoring his friend(s), and expecting them to follow him on a wild goose chase to find a girl who didn’t want to be found. Quentin kept trying to become Margo, so he could understand her to try and guess where she went, but he was trying to understand more about her than he knew about himself.

“All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”

I understand what people say about John Green’s writing being pretentious. I agree that the teenagers really didn’t sound their age for most of the novel.

“At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away.”

I loved Ben and Radar, Quentin’s best friends. They were very funny, and had great personalities; really bringing the enjoyment up. I also liked how his mum keep coming out with psycho-analysis (especially on Margo), it was very entertaining.

“Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year old.”

So overall, I’m not very impressed with John Green’s writing at the moment, which is a shame, because I thoroughly enjoyed Let It Snow (which he co-wrote), so I do want to try a few more of his books.

“What a treacherous think it is to believe that a person is more than a person.”

 

 


Comment below on your thoughts! Also, feel free to recommend some of your favourites. Are there any book which you would like me to review?

Thank you for reading!

– Catriona x

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