Paper Towns Review and Summary
This novel is about a troubled young girl named Margo. She and her neighborhood friend, Quentin aka Q, used to be best friends and hung around all the time. One day they go to a park and discover the dead body of a man who had committed suicide.
The story then shifts to the present time, where Margo and Q are no longer close and are about to graduate from high school.
On a particular night, Margo visits Q dressed up as a ninja and asks him to help her in taking revenge from the people who have wronged her throughout her life. Q agrees, and both of them visit Margo’s ex-boyfriend Jase first.
Jase and Becca are found together in bed. Q takes a picture of them and informs Becca’s parents of her daughter’s wrongdoings. They go to Jase’s house, then leave a souvenir for him just like every other person they visit. The memory is dead catfish and a blue’s’ graffiti from the side.
Lacy, who used to be a friend of Margo, is also, visited. Q wants to exact vengeance on a school bully named, Chuck. They break into his house and quietly cause all sorts of mayhem. On their way back home, both decide to stop by the SeaWorld but are disappointed as there are no animals on show.
The next morning Q wonders and waits for Margo but she is a no-show. For three days they wait until finally, Margo’s parents, who are used to her running away, file a complaint.
Q, on the other hand, is busy deciphering the clues left behind by Margo because he believes that she wants to commit suicide. Q’s friends help him in the search, and they have to give up on their graduation ceremony to locate Margo. She finally found in a small town named Agile.
However, once they find her, Margo lashes out as she did not want to expose. At first, Q gets angry at her for wasting his time, but then reconciles with her when she explains to him that she is imperfect just like everyone else. By the end of the story, it hinted that Q wants to stay with her, but has to return home with his friends.
‘Paper Towns’ was received very positively by the critics. Publishers Weekly notes that the book offers a host of new, self-absorbed characters like Margo, which makes it a ‘pleasing’ read for the teenagers.
A School Library Journal review states that the characters like Q are difficult to understand yet are the ones that the teens can easily relate.
The reviewer also believes that the book is meticulously written and says that even though characters such Margo appear for a brief term in the book, they do lead a resounding impact.
However, much like his other book (Looking For Alaska), Mr. Green faced some criticism when ‘Paper Town’ removed from middle school reading list because of the profane sexual content. Later, the charges were found to be misplaced, and the book eventually reinstated to the roster.
Analisis and review of the book
I devoured Paper Towns it whole. I am not afraid to say that I did not spend much time reading it. When I finish a good book I get a little sad, but somehow I was expecting this ending so much, and I was looking for it with such enthusiasm that I was satisfied. Like after eating a plate of chicken fingers, just like that.
Quentin Jansen, Q, is a tremendously average guy who does not have any particular talent or outstanding ability.
That is something I noticed with concern. All the environment has something that differentiates. For example Ben is in the eternal search for a girl, Rada has a website (Radar has many things, and what, his parents are psychologists) and Margo, well, Margo is Margo.
But Q has nothing more than a noble heart and, yes, perseverance that will surprise you. I have the firm conviction that he was very innocent throughout the book and that condemned him to what happened, but I like it so much that I am unable to say it as a criticism.
I will also talk about Margo because she is merely the most stressful/ fabulous woman I have ever read. Note that there are always characters that are one of the two options, either stressful or high, but not both. Margo Roth Spiegelman broke the scheme, and I’m so happy about it that I want to give John Green a cookie, an American oreo.
I adore her. I love the way you think and draw elaborate plans in your mind that will then become the most unusual or disappointing adventures, but in experiences.
But what Margo most attracts is perhaps the idea that Q tells us about her. I feel that the book is about what we expect and what comes to us. What we want and imagine versus what we get. Expectations and reality.
A lot of reality Tons of liquid reality. That’s what Green’s style does not like so much: that he seeks to convey something, instead of doing what people want.
The evolution of the plot represents, for me, maturation. Understanding and the process of becoming more adult or a little less naive in life. Perseverance and the pursuit of diffuse objectives that, to achieve them, we have to find a way to focus them. I think Q is what I want to be: someone who tries a little more.
But in fact, there are quite a few characters from whom I want to take things and put them into practice.
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