“Paper Towns” John Green
The story of a boy, Quentin (hereon referred to as Q) who is just weeks away from graduation when he experiences a crazy night with a girl he hasn’t really spoken to in almost 10 years; his next door neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman. It is after a rebellious and somewhat exhilarating night that Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears; leaving clues only Q can follow.
I enjoyed this story. It wasn’t necessarily edge of your seat, just what will the author pull out next, but it was fun and good. I love the sense of humour of Q and his two best friends (Ben and Radar). The idea of the adventure is great as well; leaving these cryptic little clues that Q somehow has to decode – all the while dealing with the fact that school is continuing; prom is coming and graduation is around the corner. Q is thrust into this mystery novel situation and he becomes consumed with this desire to figure out just who Margo Roth Spiegelman really was; and if he ever knew her at all.
The novel had a lot of great points about life, growing and moving. It was a real exploration into the human psyche, kind of makes me wonder if John Green took a few Psychology classes in his day. There was a lot of poetry about the novel (not just the quotes from Whitman that helped the plot along) but just in the idealism of Q’s journey. There was a kind of beauty about the book as a whole that I think makes it a book worth reading.
I do look forward to reading more John Green in the future (and this book made me want to read Walt Whitman).