In John Green’s third novel “Paper Towns”, we are introduced to his most believable character yet, Quentin Jacobsen a high school senior weeks from graduating. Quentin is in my opinion the perfect representation of a high school student John Green has wrote yet, not exactly a nerd, but still a strong and commanding character. He is just an average guy trying to get by in the world.
Quentin or “Q” has been in love with his next door neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman since they were kids, but never told her. One night, Margo shows up at his bedroom window wanting him to drive her all around town, while she took care of a plan or revenge against her so called friends and ex-boyfriend. Through their night of adventure, Q and Margo become closer than they have in past few years and begin to learn about one another, though Margo seems to have Q figured out. The next day Q keeps his eyes out for Margo, but does not see her around. He figures that she ran off again on one of her little trips, but after she doesn’t return in a few days her parents become concerned and Q makes it his job to find Margo.
With the help of his friends Ben and Radar, and Margo’s friend Lacy, they follow clues that Margo has left behind to find her. After weeks of searching Q feels like he has lost her, but finds out where Margo is with the help of a “clue” she left on a webpage about paper towns. Q, and the gang head out on a road trip from Jefferson Park, Florida to Agloe, New York. Once there, they find Margo, but realizes that she wasn’t leaving them clues to find her, and she wasn’t coming home. The novel ends with Margo and Q sharing time alone before going separate ways promising to keep in touch and seeing each other again.
John Green has had such a way with emotions in his previous two novels (“Looking for Alaska”, and “An Abundance of Katherines”), but ups the level of teenage emotions in “Paper Towns”. From Q working tirelessly to find Margo, to Lacy dealing with being bullied at a prom after party. As I read the story unfold, I couldn’t help but truly remember somewhat of how the characters felt, back when I was in high school.
Overall, I truly wish I had read “Paper Towns” when I was in high school. I would of realized sooner how much I felt like Q. Granted I would of spent the rest of my high school career looking for my Margo. If I was asked to recommend a novel to a high school student, especially a junior or senior, I would without a doubt recommend “Paper Towns” to them.
I am giving “Paper Towns” by John Green 5/5 stars for raw pure emotions, and gripping believable characters that make you think about your own life and where you are.
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