In the recent years, John Green has made quite a reputation, and it’s well deserved. After all, the guy can write a good romance novel and he’s great at making the reader cry. Romance isn’t really up my alley, but after reading the Fault In Our Stars and crying to sleep–WHY DID YOU KILL AUGUSTUS?!?! WHYYYY– I decided to pick up one of his other books. After reading Looking For Alaska earlier in the year, I decided John Green was still a cool guy. Between An Abundance Of Katherine’s and Paper Towns, I chose Paper Towns, seemingly a little less of the sappy romance stuff.
It’s great. If anything, I’d actually say so far this book is better than The Fault In Our Stars. John Green brings out his humorous writing again and juxtaposes serious matters with funny events (I mean come on, a missing girl and saran wrapping cars? Hilarious). John Green’s way of writing and the almost lighthearted feeling his books convey are one huge reason why I decided to read this book. As an author, Green does a good job of bringing out warmness in his writing, almost a feeling that not everything in life is dark even if dark things happen. However, I would love to talk about the title of the book along with arguable the most important quote in the book. “It’s a paper town, paper houses and paper people. Everything is uglier up close.” Margo, the girl that Quentin (main character) has a crush on has disappeared, and he is trying to find her and bring her home (I know, sappy romance… yuck). The stress on paper as almost a perfect physical ideal is very interesting to me, as I thought when I first picked up the book that Paper Towns referred to fragility. Margo sees the world further than it’s surface level and can be really deep. Some of the things she says really gets a reader thinking about their own personal life. Green also does a great job of giving the characters individual personalities. I know for a fact I learned a lot about Margo from when she talked about how capitalization was unfair to the letters in the middle (sHe wROte LiKE thIS). All of Green’s characters are super unique, just like the stories he brings to the table.
Currently reading the rest of the book, and I am loving it. It’s absolutely a book that I don’t want to put down and I look forward to finishing it. Hopefully, John Green does not disappoint in these last few chapters, because this book is amazing so far!