Book Review: Paper Towns

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“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” You guessed it right, Paper Towns is a novel loaded with mysteries.

This is the story of the protagonist Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and a girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman. Quentin, an average looking boy in high school, lives a boring life with his two best friends Bloody Ben and Radar. He has always been romantically fascinated towards his neighbour Margo but never had the nerve to confess his feelings to her because he knew they were different. Margo loves adventures and mysteries whereas Quentin wants to live a simple and happy life without any troubles. But one day, Margo suddenly appears at Q’s window and asks for help in her plan to take revenge from her boyfriend and friends who betrayed her. This night apparently became a joyful adventure for Quentin, on which Margo said that he should live like this every day. He was excited and eager to meet Margo next morning in the school but she never did come. The author unravelled the mysteries so perfectly, it became so interesting. I was not bored for a second reading it because after every page some mystery is waiting to be revealed.

“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, too.” I loved these lines from the novel, the author has smartly given a clue about the entire idea of the plot through this quote.

I am glad I picked up this book to read. It is an extremely phenomenal book which deals with the life of teenagers. This is undoubtedly one of the best pieces of john green. It kept me in suspense throughout. I really loved the character of Margo portrayed by the author. She is fearless, adventurous and loves to solve mysteries. The plot was unique and includes some of the beautiful memories of school like crazy road trips and of course ‘best friends’. The author has designed the whole background and characters which gives a life to the story everything seems so real and relatable. You will probably miss your school days and friends, reading this novel. This book gives an idea about the risks and challenges that you could be taking, but you don’t.

Apart from this, I don’t like the ending as nothing was really resolved among them, and it can be more logical and worthy. But overall, it is an interesting piece to read. People who prefer young adult fiction novels can definitely go for this one; they won’t be disappointed. This book is suitable for older teens and adults as it contains some mature content. It is funny and sad at moments but also very lighthearted. This book is not exactly my favourite, but it is a must read and I highly recommend it. I would give it a rating of 3.5/5.

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