Paper Towns

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is basically a nerdy kid who has an obsession with the It Girl of his high school who thinks she is better than everyone else, he just can’t see it.
Quentin is awkward and a band geek who isn’t actually in the band. He is, in a word, dull. Margo is popular, quirky and is oh so beautiful. But she is also unstable and vindictive. Margo and Quentin spend a night together acting out all of Margo’s acts of revenge (that to be fair, might have deserved some form of revenge, but not to this level) and then Margo disappears, leaving a trail of clues like breadcrumbs behind her which Quentin is obsessive about. After many failed attempts, Quentin finally figures out the clues and knows where Margo is hiding out. Cue Quentin and his friends, Ben, Radar and Laci go on a ridiculously dangerous cross country drive for 20 something hours to find Margo squatting in an empty barn bitching about life and what it entails. One can ponder the thought that maybe Margo had issues with her mental health that her family was unable or unwilling to confront or help. Quentin’s family are so pleased that they got their perfect son to graduation but fail to spend any quality time with him or they would have discovered Quentin had serious issues with boundaries.
This is a fairly typical story about teenagers left to their own devises too long and explores the standard rights of passage to adulthood – or to college bratishness at the very least.
After reading The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines, I was expecting much more from the novel, but it fails to deliver. The characters lack likeability, the plot moved too slowly and in the end it was just a tad boring.

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