by John Green
“Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen 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…” -Goodreads
I’ve discovered that one of the greatest things about John Green’s novels are that the themes stay with you even after you start forgetting the plot. I have no doubt that will be the same with Paper Towns when my recollection of which character is which diminishes. The ideas that make the story worth it interestingly convey the meanings the classics bored us with. Take Paper Towns for example, it conveyed Walt Whitman’s themes from Leaves of Grass through discovery of individual identities and trying to understand other human beings as well. It demonstrates empathy and tragedy and the events that make life worth it.
Besides the philosophical aspect of the novel, the characters were pretty cool too. Q, Quentin, is our protagonist who starts out unsure of himself, just following the natural flow of life who then starts to understand himself, and by doing so he starts to understand others. Another important character, who is absent for much of the novel, really starts to annoy me. Margo who is over-appreciated at school and under-appreciated at home just seems outright irresponsible to me, but that may just be my rationality clouding my judgement. All of the secondary characters, including Q’s friends and Margo’s friends are interesting and quite loyal which I enjoyed.
Overall I feel the novel is 4 stars worthy and I definitely plan on seeing the Paper Towns movie eventually.