Paper Towns | 2 star review
Published by Speak
Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...
I was a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, and I really enjoyed reading it. However when I read Looking for Alaska I had some serious problems with the stories and I struggled with the characters. It would seem that John Green wasn’t for me, and unfortunately after reading Paper Tows that has been proven correct. This was the first book in my books I need to read in 2018 challenge, and it’s not off to a great start!
My biggest problem with this book was the characters, they were awful and there was nothing redeemable about them. Paper Towns is basically a book about really selfish and self-centred people who demand that their friends become completely dedicated to anything they needed them to. It was frustrating to say the least.
By a slim margin I would have to say my least favourite character is definitely Margo, she was SO unlikeable and I would have just left her if she had been ‘friend’. I think that’s also a huge problem, the way that she treats and effectively uses Quentin. I thought that it was kind of unforgivable, especially her reaction to everything at the end. It was something that made me kind of boiling with annoyance to be honest. One of the worst characters I have ever read about.
I think I have to mention Quentin. I found his reaction to the whole Margo affair to be bizarre and unfair to his friends. Not only did Margo ruin her friends final month in school she had Quentin ruining his friend’s lives as well. I also thought the fact that he genuinely thought she had died or was a suicide risk and didn’t mention it to anyone.
I don’t think I would recommend any of John Green’s books. I don’t seem to enjoy any of them and going forward I won’t be picking any more of them up!
Are you a John Green fan? Which books are your favourite? Are there any I should really take the time to read? Let me know!