Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green (Blogtember #16)

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I love John Green. He is an amazingly intelligent, funny guy and he and his brother Hank Green have a youtube channel called Vlogbrothers which is amazing (They also have a channel called Crash Course and Sci Show ). Check them out on youtube, they're made of awesome. DFTBA :)

Anyway, today I am reviewing one of John Green's books, Paper Towns. It follows high school student Quentin and his neighbor/lifelong crush Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo ended up being in the popular crowd in school, while Quentin hangs out with the band kids (even though he's not in the band). He has two best friends, Radar, who's parents ow one of the world's largest collections of black Santas, and Ben who is always chasing the "honeybunnies". 

One night Margo knocks on his window and they have an all night adventure, getting revenge on all of the popular kids that had done Margo wrong. She then runs away, telling Quentin that she needs to get out of their "paper town" and find real meaning to life. 

This lead Quentin and his friends on a long game of hide and seek trying to figure out where she went with clues from a Walt Whitman poem Song of Myself. Even if you haven't ever read Whitman, or that particular poem, Green has Quentin explain enough of it for you to understand and maybe want to go and explore Whitman's poetry a little more. Quentin grows and learns from Margo all along the way. 

John Green puts a lot of humor in his books, and he has a running theme through a few of them to have  a "manic pixie dream girl" character, which does not bother me but may annoy others. Overall I thought it was great, since I have watched John and Hank for so long on youtube I read in his voice (does anyone else do that?) so I can imagine exactly how he would say certain things and it makes me laugh. That being said anyone can enjoy his books even if you don't know his background. I recommend that everyone check out this book and his other ones too!

 

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE John Green! I must admit that I do get a tiny bit tired of all of his Manic Pixie Dreamgirls, but his books are just wonderful. My favorite is An Abundance of Katherines, which is arguably his most shallow book, but I laughed out loud all the way through it!
    And obviously The Fault In Our Stars is beautiful.
    Thank you for this post!
    Have a good day! =]

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  2. this book! i love this book. i identify with margo roth spieglman so heavily that it is insane!

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