Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2008
Date Read: February 2014
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My Rating: ★★✩✩✩
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.
Two reasons why this book didn't work for me:
Her reasons for disappearing are never properly revealed but that's probably because there are no reasons at all. Not relatable, understandable ones at least. She poured out some spiritual mumbo jumbo as explanation near the end but I was too bored to care by then. I just thought she was unnecessarily whiny, privileged and wanted the whole world to revolve around her even if it was at the cost of her parents' mental state and her friends' well-being.
And when Quentin worships the dirt stuck to the soles of her feet, it's really hard for me to like him. I mean, every thought he ever has is Margo, Margo, Margo, mArGo, MARGOOO! and I was sick and tired of him halfway through the book, especially when he started adapting Margo's holier-than-thou persona. Apart from that and his oh-so-Hazel-Grace-esque dry humor, he was excruciatingly bland.
Another thing about the characters: Quentin sure doesn't know how lucky he is to have friends like Radar and Ben. I think they proved themselves to be beyond easily broken high school relationships with that road trip part and yet they're given no satiable conclusion because of Margo's dramatic tantrums.
But whether or not you manage to get along with these 2 main characters, you'd still finish the book in no time. I really could not put the book down despite being bored to death by it, which is very contradictory, I know. I ended up finishing it in just 4 or so hours.
All in all, I'm sure more patient readers will be intrigued by the deconstruction of the manic pixie dream girl stereotype that John Green seems to be shooting for but to me, the concept was developed obscurely and wasn't properly addressed until the last few chapters. Even then, you're left thinking "So...that's it?". It was too underwhelming to be the revolving point of the entire story.
|2 clouds for the quirky side cast but the main characters were unbearable.|