Paper Towns Review

Paper Towns Review

Hi lovelies, I have been reading Paper Towns now for the last month for our September book club read. It's one I have wanted to read since seeing that it was being turned into a film. I absolutely loved The Fault In Our Stars so I was more than excited to read this novel by John Green also.

Plot Summary

The thing about Margo Roth Spiegelman is that really all I could ever do was let her talk, and then when she stopped talking encourage her to go on, due to the facts that 1. I was incontestably in love with her, and 2. she was absolutely unprecedented in every way, and 3. she never really asked me any questions...

Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he can not help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn't. She's left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow.

And everything leads to one unavoidable question:
Who is the real Margo?

My Review

There are three parts to this book and I will be completely honest I read the first part of the book, which I really liked. 
You learn from the very beginning just how different Margo and Quentin are when they find the dead body. "As I took those two steps back, Margo took two equally small and quiet steps forward" where Quentin was scared and wanted to get away from the body, Margo however just wanted to get a closer look. 
When Margo takes Quentin out for the night, she has planned attacks on her best friends and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend has been sleeping with one of Margo's best friends, her other best friend never told her, so what is the best punishment? Fish in their cars, beds etc oh a picture of a naked ex boyfriend. They shave one eyebrow off of the guy who has been bullying Quentin and then finish by braking into Sea-world. 
I found this part of the book a really good read, it was fun and fairly fast paced. It wasn't until the second part of the book that I actually struggled to read it, it went slow paced and not a lot happened. However i put it down for a week and then picked it up again one Sunday and actually finished the rest of the book. 
Margo vanished and it was here that you found out about Q's friends. I found Ben rather annoying actually he did come across a little self centered, Q's love interest has disappeared and no-one knows where she is, he's worried and trying to look for her and most of the time all Ben seems to care about is prom night. Yes this is a special night but what about being there for your friends when they most need it? It seemed Ben was only interested when it suited him. Radar I thought was a good character, he was really into prom but at the same time he really did want to help Q find Margo. In fact it was good to read that he was actually looking things up without Q even knowing about it.
The third part was a good read again as this was when they had the road trip to actually get to Margo, here there was some funny moments that actually made me laugh out loud. It was silly things really like when radar is running through the petrol station and his robe flies open and it's "looking like a dark wizard" and when Ben buys t-shirts from the petrol station for him and radar and it turns out to be a racist shirt, Radar then hopes he gets pulled over by the cops as he'd like to see their face when they see a "black man wearing a confederate t-shirt". This is also where you find out a bit more about Lacey who I don't think deserved a fish in her car from Margo as she didn't actually know about Margo's boyfriend cheating on her, but to be honest Lacey is just one of those characters I could take or leave, I didn't particularly find her to interesting. When they did find Margo though this is where you find out just what a spoilt brat she really is and such an attention seeker. Within minutes she actually shouts at everyone for finding her. Lacey walks out and Radar tells her the clues where more interesting than her, and to be honest I think Radar is right. Once you start reading past this point I found Margo to be rather uninteresting, she comes across as some who who just wants the attention on her and doesn't really care to much about other people, maybe the only person she does care about is Quentin as when it is time to leave they do share a kiss and offers for him to go  with her. The ending was slightly disappointing to be fair but that was only due to Margo actually crying and running back to Quentin which poses the question of who stays and who goes? Or do they both still go their separate ways?
Overall I'd give the book 4 stars.

Have you read Paper Towns? If you have what were your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below.


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