Thursday, May 10, 2012

Paper Towns by John Green

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. (from Goodreads)

Warning: Full on GUSHING coming up!

I loved everything about this book...except for one thing. We'll get to that in a minute. 

Why has it taken me so long to realize the Awesomeness that is John Green? I read and really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars a few months ago, so when I saw that my library had a CD of Paper Towns available, I grabbed it, not knowing what to expect. 

Well, I know why John Green has won so many awards! His characters are amazing. I want to hang out with everyone single one of his characters! They are clever and funny and fun. There were so many times that I would literally be laughing out loud for several minutes while listening to this audiobook and thinking, "I want to do that! I want to be there!"

I want to take a road trip with Q, Ben, Radar and Lacey in the Dreidel, playing Metaphysical I Spy and That Guy Is a Gigolo. I want to talk online with QTHERESURECTION, OMNICTIONARIAN96, ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION, AND SACKCLOTHANDASHES. I even want to have a conversation with Q's psychologist parents who support him for making statements like, "He's an ------- !" I figure I can do all this is I start dating Q. Therefore, he is officially on my Fictional Boyfriend List.

The narrator of the audiobook did an amazing job of using different voices for different characters -- and they were all exactly how I would picture them to sound. Also, Q spends a lot of time with the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman in this book -- in college, I had to write a 30 page paper about my body. (Don't ask.) I structured the entire thing around "Song of Myself." Just another way I connected with this book and loved it so much.

Ok, the one thing I didn't like about the book...Margot Roth Spiegelman. I think she was supposed to be fun and mysterious and clever, but to me she was just a mixed up teenage girl. I did not understand Q's obsession with her at all, and the way he pretty much held Margot Roth Spiegelman up on a pedestal. Even though I came to understand her by the the end of the book,

That being said, I still give this book 5 stars! That says a lot, that I don't like one of the main characters, yet I'm still giving the book the highest rating. Please go pick up Paper Towns. It will make you laugh. It will make you think. It will make want to hang out with your closest friends. It will make you want to have an adventure.

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