Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Summary: Q has known Margot since they were little kids. She lives right next door to him and they used to be best friends, but things changed over time and they drifted apart a bit. However, just as Q is getting sick of the routine of school, Margot whisks him away on an adventure that involves catfish, spray paint, Nair, and sneaking into Sea World through a snake-infested moat in the middle of the night. The morning after, Q hopes that this means he and Margot can be friends (or maybe even more than friends), but instead of seeing her at school, he discovers that Margot has run away again. He’s discouraged until he notices that Margot has left a series of clues that lead to where she’s run away. He spends the rest of the story trying to piece it together. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether he finds her or not.
Six Word Review: Romantic, mysterious, suspenseful; I love it.
I started reading because: I liked John Green’s other books so I knew it was likely I’d enjoy this one as well.
I would give this book 8/10 stars because the story-line can fall a bit flat in parts. I felt like there needed to be something to spice it up a bit in the middle.
I loved that one of the main messages of the story was that perceptions can be different from realities. I hated that Margot wasn’t in the story more. She was a great character.
If Q was in a HS yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Be Loyal
Anything else we should know? It’s a relatable story that demonstrates that how we think about people isn’t always how they actually are.
Regina, 17, West Seattle