Rating: 7.5/10 stars
Paper Towns is my first John Green book despite having followed the vlogbrothers for as long as I can remember. Now having read it, I can confidently say that I can’t wait to see the movie.
Paper Towns is centered around the just about to graduate Quentin Jacobsen and his preoccupation with Margo Roth Spiegelman. To Quentin, she is nothing short of perfect. After taking him on the most exhilarating night of his life, Margo disappears. The book continues with Quentin’s journey towards adulthood and his search for Margo who has seemed to have left him clues to lead him right to her.
I recommend this book for those who have just graduated high school particularly because it deals heavily with themes of identity. Having just graduated myself, it has broadened my perspective on how I choose to live my life. I often asked myself if I was a “paper girl” –an idea Margo presents early on in the book. Yet, I found that although this book is particularly relevant for the transitioning youths, it is also universally relevant. John Green uniquely deals with the theme of identity in a way that makes it open to everyone.
John Green notes that if there’s such thing as dehumanization: treating people less than human, there is also the opposite which is romanticization: treating people as more than human. John Green also emphasizes that the very thing that humans define themselves by, empathy, is an intrinsically flawed and incomplete skill. I liked how although many parts were very light hearted, John Green also drives into very dark themes such as neglectful parenting, and parental hypocrisy. It is this type theme development laced within witty adolescent humor that makes Paper Towns worth the read.