Sunday, June 21, 2015

Paper Towns Review

Paper TownsTITLE: Paper Towns
AUTHOR: John Green
PUBLISHER: Penguin Group
PUBLICATION DATE: 10/16/2008
FORMAT: ebook
PAGES: 246
SOURCE: Bought
MY RATING: 

COYER SCAVENGER HUNT #78: READ A BOOK THAT ONE OF YOUR GOODREADS FRIENDS HAS GIVEN 4/5 STARS AND THAT ANOTHER GOODREADS FRIEND HAS GIVEN 1/2 STARS

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I think it's safe to say that I am late to the party with this one. It seems like everyone but me has already read it, so when I found out a movie was coming out, I figured it was time I picked it up. I enjoyed the first part of the book quite a bit more than the second and third parts. I really enjoyed watching Q and Margo go on their adventure and enjoyed their interactions. The rest of the book, while still good, wasn't as fun for me. 

I flew through this book. I didn't realize I had gotten as far as I had when I was reading. It's such a fast and easy read. 

I'm not really sure how I feel about the ending. I feel like it was written the way that it was supposed to be written, but I just don't know if I really liked it or not. I would love to see a short novella from Margo's perspective. I think it would be really interesting to read about her journey.

I'm excited to see this movie when it comes out to compare it to the book, and I'm happy that I no longer have to avoid the movie trailers for fear of spoilers.

CHARACTERS: I feel like I would have connected with Margo had she been in the story more (dual perspectives maybe), but the rest of the characters that played a bigger role later on (Ben, Radar, Lacey) didn't really do anything for me. I feel like I didn't know much about them. They had potential to be great characters, but I feel like I didn't get to learn about them.

COVER: I like the cover a lot. It shows that this is going to be a road trip book, which immediately appeals to me.

12 comments:

  1. I'm so conflicted with John Green . I feel like I should like him more ! I've been wanting to read this too, since Margo seems so fascinating . I think I'll give it a try since it's a fast read. Happy Coyer!

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    1. I feel like he gets such high praise. I've enjoyed the 2 books I've read of his, but I don't think they're mind blowing.

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  2. I haven't read any of John Green his books, but my sister has read a few of them and she enjoyed them. I also like this cover for paper towns. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one, although that's a bit sad the first part was the best and the ending was a bit mixed. I hope you'll enjoy the movie as well!

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    1. It definitely wasn't a bad book, but it didn't blow me away either.

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  3. I really liked this one in the beginning, but then...that ending. Margot really frustrated me! I agree that getting her perspective may have helped, because as it is, it just seemed like...I don't know, like she has no regard for other people.

    Angie @ Pinkindle

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    1. Yes! I totally agree. She was pretty selfish.

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  4. I have never wanted to read John Green I am not really into books to make you cry or anything and The Faults of Our Stars..or what ever it's called looked like a sappy one, so been kind of leery of his..but seen the movie trailer and this one looks kind of good. So I need to know one thing..will it make me cry!!! :)

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    1. I don't think it will make you cry. It has some sort of touching moments, but it's not sappy.

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  5. I read The Fault In Our Stars and had Paper Towns on my TBR list, but haven't gotten to it yet. I hear a bunch of mixed reviews - some love it, some hate it, and some just enjoy it, like yourself. I really like the cover and the road trip vibe it gives off. I'm glad you enjoyed the book even though it wasn't exactly as expected. Happy Coyer!

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  6. I haven't read this one yet, Stacey, but I want to. Even after your conflicted review, I think I'd still read it at some point. Not right away, though :)
    It's great that you've gotten five points for the scavenger hunt already :)
    Have a terrific Tuesday and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  7. I haven't read this yet, and although I will, I keep putting it off, because I am never as taken with John Green as so many are. Thank you for your review.

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  8. Great review!! This is one of the books I plan on reading for my COYER challenge. I read TFIOS and loved it, but that is the only John Green book that I've read so far. I'm looking forward to the movie and want to read the book prior to its release.

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