The Starving Bibliophile

Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).

Paper Towns

Summary: Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobson has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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 the girl he thought he knew…

This book is just amazing. John Green is such a good writer. I would say that this book is a mixture between Romance and Comedy. The only thing that was really annoying about the book was that sometimes it would be in present tense (I’m walking, I am) and then all of a sudden it’s in past tense (I walked, I was). But I absolutely loved the concept of a “Paper Town”.  Margo tells Q to “look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the furniture to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too,” (57, 58). These lines just bring to life the fact that some people really are made out of paper – fake. It’s so painfully beautiful.

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This entry was posted on January 14, 2010 by in Books and tagged , , , .
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