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.
This is my fourth John Green book and probably my last. I read Looking for Alaska first and thoroughly enjoyed it. But I was unenthused with An Abundance of Katherine’s and The Fault in Our Stars, and now I can add Paper Towns to that list.
Frankly this seemed like a knock off version of Looking for Alaska. It featured the same kind of quirky, unusual, average teenage boy pining away after the cryptic, mysterious, and elusive girl who seems to touch everybody. But the main character Margot is really not a very likable girl, and I found myself only wanting to know what happened to her because Quentin was so concerned.
But his obsession with her disappearance was concerning and the way she left was completely selfish and self centered. The only thing I really loved about this book were Quentin’s REAL friends. They were loyal and supportive of Q, and did all they could to support him in his quest to find that girl. Radar’s honesty was particularly refreshing.
Overall, while the mystery of Margot’s disappearance was enough to keep me reading, I didn’t like Margot. Also the book put me in the mind of Looking for Alaska too much for me to be able to enjoy it as it’s own work. Just seems too formulaic.
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