Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Distiller: Hikari Loftus
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Paper Towns
by John Green
Speak (September 22, 2009(
336 pages

Quentin Jacobsen has been utterly in love with his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman since they were kids. She’s gorgeous, popular, adventurous, fearless and just… amazing. Mostly, she is everything that Quentin is not.

But one night she shows up at his window and they go on a crazy, all-night mission to complete 11 tasks. Quentin is sure that after a night like that, things will be different in the morning. He and Margo will be friends again like they were when they were kids.

And things do change. Margo disappears leaving an obscure breadcrumb trail to her whereabouts, and Quentin is positive that the trail is meant for him. What follows is a hilarious and thought-provoking journey to find Margo.

The message in this book is really a question. Can you ever really know a person? Does anyone even know who Margo really is? Or did they just create an "idea" of Margo? This book is full of great one-liners and a great ending monologue. The story itself is pretty “meh”, but full of hilarious points that made me literally laugh out loud. I do wish the ending was a little more tied up, just based on my personal preference. 

I found that Quentin had great character growth, but that's about it. ha. Mostly I felt like this book just played into John Green's usual formula:

My John Green Formula Observation/Theory:
First, it seems that the end of each book has some powerful or standout monologue full of meaning and insights on the topic/theme of the book. My guess is that John Green writes that end piece first and then builds a storyline around it. (while dropping in a bunch of great one-liners) In "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns" I felt like the story was unsatisfying. It feels less like a story and more like a vehicle to make that last point. Does that make any sense?

Second, tied up and happy endings are not his jam. haha. And that is okay. I don’t need happy endings, but I do feel like TFiOS, "Looking for Alaska", and "Paper Towns" had endings that just sort of floated away in the breeze and left you wondering. John Green, Man of Mystery. 


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