Sunday, November 20, 2011

Paper Towns

You will go to the paper towns, and you will never come back.
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

I think this is my favorite John Green novel yet.

I was well aware before I even started this that I would at the very least like it.  John Green's writing and characterization and dialogue are too brilliant for me to not at least like a book of his. But this was so much more fantastic than I thought it would be. It was just more.

This is one of those books where I don't want to do a really in-depth review, because I almost feel like I'm soiling the book by trying to pick it apart. No.  This is too good for that.

There are many things I loved about it: the incredible characters, the hilarious dialogue, the stunning writing that John Green gives us again and again.  The quotes that linger in your head for hours after reading them because they're just that damn good.

But what I really, truly loved about this book was the whole idea behind it.  The idea that we create paper images of those around us, and that we fall in love with these images, not the people themselves.  And that we can do our very best to understand a person, but we can never be that person. In the end, we can be no one but ourselves.

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 

Every time I read a John Green book, I'm reminded of the fact that he's not just my favorite author because he is made of awesome. He is my favorite author because he has this way of digging straight to the core of things and exposing these truths in such a breath-taking, memorable way that they can never be forgotten.

5 stars.

Here's to you, John Green.  



Yay! Okay, I just read Paper Towns and I loved it. I was able to fault it, unlike The Fault in our Stars (har, har), and it wasn't quite a five-star book for me; it didn't really achieve that *special* quality that made it 5 stars, but all the same, it was brilliant. Great review, but it didn't exactly WOW me in the way that TFiOS and LfA did.

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