Paper Towns #BookReview

Posted September 5, 2016 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments


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Paper Towns #BookReviewPaper Towns by John Green
Published by Brilliance Audio on October 16th 2008
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 305
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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 Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

#1 bestselling author and Printz medalist John Green’s brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty have inspired a new generation of readers.


I decided to read this book because I really enjoyed “The Fault in our Stars”. And, of course, because so many people seemed to like it. The thing is, it is a completely different type of story from The Fault in our Stars.

This story, is about this girl named Margo, who brings a group of soon-to-be-high-school-graduates together to help solve the mystery of her disappearance. She leaves clues for her neighbour and “used-to-be” friend, Quentin. Her parents claim that she’s ran away and apparently it’s not the first time she’s done something worthy of calling the Police. She leaves some clues for Quentin to find her but he starts assuming she’s dead because of something he finds along the way. Eventually though, he starts to believe that the Margo that she portrays to everyone isn’t the Margo that she is when no ones is around, and his mission, along with finding Margo, is trying to understand her.

Honestly, I think Quentin is way too absorbed with trying find Margo but then a part of me thinks that maybe she might be dead for real so I want him to find him. His friends get upset with him because he’s so caught up with finding Margo when the Police already told him to leave it alone. She’s 18 and her family can’t force her to stay there. But then, everyone is slowly consumed by finding Margo too. However, I, like some of the other characters, start wondering if Margo did this just to over shadow everyone’s graduation because that just seems like something she’d do.

My favourite character is Quentin’s friend Radar. He’s pretty smart. Quentin’s other friend Ben is super annoying. He’s like the obnoxious friend that was your friend since you were a kid. He’s loyal because you’ve been friends forever, but he gets on everyone’s nerves. Quentin is portrayed as smart but he doesn’t really seem particularly smart to me. He doesn’t seem more “special” than the average kid, and I think that’s kinda the point. He’s actually pretty annoying himself. View Spoiler »

There are always some boring dull parts, but then something happens and the story moves along again. I have to admit that my favourite parts were because of the humour. There were some pretty funny moments in the book. View Spoiler »

About the Audiobook

Audiobooks are good and bad. Sometimes I could have probably made it through a book if someone else narrated it. This one was okay. However, I didn’t really like the way he did the teenage girls’ voices. Ben’s voice was very whiny and that’s a good portrayal of his character. I did love his voice for Radar. I had started the book months ago but didn’t get into it. However, I pretty much listen to the book in 1 day since it was only 8 hours.

Final Thoughts

I’d consider this light reading.  Even though I didn’t enjoy this one as much, I would still read another John Green book. I’m also probably going to get more audiobooks. It was awesome finishing a book so quickly. These days I can only get an hour reading in [if I’m lucky].

The Verdict

3 Stars

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