Parman Teen Book Review: “Paper Towns” by John Green

paper townsPaper Towns falls into the typical John Green novel category: a teenager matures and becomes a better person with a keener grasp of the constantly evolving world around them. What makes Paper Towns stand out amongst Green’s other novels is the concept of letting go of someone who is alive. In both the Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, a main character has to let go of someone he/she loved because their love passed away. However, in Paper Towns, the main character – Quentin “Q” Jacobsen – has to let go of the love of his life, Margo Roth Spiegelman, because they both choose different paths in life. Q is your typical high school student who attempts to get good grades and enjoys spending time with his friends, and hopes to attend a good college, get a good job, and have a family life when he’s older. Margo, on the other hand, is the popular girl at school who craves attention and adventure. Q’s first big adventure starts after his and Margo’s paths cross one night, for the first time since they were children. However, Margo disappears the next day and Q becomes obsessed with finding Margo, thinking that it is his responsibility, and when he does find her, nothing turns out the way he imagined it would. What I enjoyed about this novel is its ending; it doesn’t end with all the characters living happily ever after, which I think is realistic, because life goes on.

~Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

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