John Green

Review: Paper Towns by John Green


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…

Guest star rating: 4/5 stars

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Post written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

***Spoiler alert***

This book is something special.

It makes you think a lot without you knowing it. Because of it, I’m gonna have a book hangover for days, maybe weeks to come.

The book itself is really, really good and interesting. Margo is one of the most unique characters I’ve ever encountered, which makes it even more interesting and appealing to read. But at the end you realize that she isn’t what she seemed to be, because you never truly get to know her. All you know is how people see her. How her friends see her, how the main character sees her and how others non-important people see her.

Q hasn’t really been her best friend for almost 10 years, he loved the idea of her. How she seemed from a distance. He loved that popular, happy girl that Margo showed to everyone. But the truth is that she was far from that. She is more complex. Margo doesn’t really let anyone see her for who she really is. She is a paper girl.

Like Ben said, he was in love with Lacey; that popular, cool, perfect and funny girl that he knew from afar. He never imagined he’d really have her. But now that he did, it was harder. Because he is not in love with her as a person, but in the idea of who she’s supposed to be or who he saw her to be. He can see her flaws now. The ones she didn’t let anyone to see, instead her friends. And now he is struggling to love her, to be with her.

After Margo went missing, Q put his whole life on side track. He was convinced that if he found Margo, that would be his happy ending. His heart was kind of crushed when the ending was far from what he expected. From what we all expected it to be.

Q’s conviction that Margo will return can convince even readers. He never thought that she wouldn’t return, his biggest fear was that she was lying dead in some abandoned place.

Road trip was really fun and refreshing, although it was also dangerous. After that almost-life-ending event on highway, Q starts thinking that maybe she isn’t really worth it to be found. But he quickly ignores those thoughts.

The ending is something completely different than I could imagine. I was really surprised with how Margo reacted and with Q’s hesitation.

This is a part of my interpretation of this book, if anyone wants to talk more about it, feel free to write me.
I think that the REAL ending of this book is free for us to interpret.

I feel confident that one day John Green’s books will be obligatory readings at schools, like Fitzgerald is. Because JG’s books are the kind that make you think about the story long after you’ve read it and make you try to find a connection between a story and real life.




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