Paper Towns by John Green || Book Review

After the small fail of not loving The Fault in Our Stars, I still decided to read this book because the movie was pretty cool.

I was hoping it might not turn into a repeat of the experience I had with TFIOS book versus the movie, and thankfully it wasn’t.

It wasn’t a masterpiece but it was a lot better than the other book. It wasn’t overwhelming with pretentious quotes from teens. Still had teens, but they were a lot more bearable.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2008

Pages: 305
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

Quentin has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.

But the next day Margo doesn’t come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance… and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery – culminating in another awesome road trip across America – he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.


The characters were more realisticly portrayed, teenagers acting like teenagers.

It’s about teen love and wanting to grow up, and escape. The letdowns we face when we put unrealistic expectations on others and they don’t come through. It also makes you wonder how well do we really know those around us and how they act when we’re expecting something else.

I enjoyed the little puzzles in the book that needed to be solved (even though they dragged out a little) and the actual adventure the teens set out on was cool.

Margo, to me, wasn’t all anything wow. Going on rule-breaking benders, doing silly teen things (although not all that silly considering some were crossing the legal line of things). Not wanting the attention but doing things that would give her exactly that. Her antics were terrible and don’t get me started on her parents and their reactions.

While some scenes were dragged out, the ending wasn’t there and suddenly it was. It felt rushed and short and let down the book a little. Not HOW the book ended but the way the writing was put together. I thought the actual ending was more realistic and stuck to the theme of the book.


It’s basically a love story, puppy love all over the place, but minus the stereotypical tropes we find in romance books. It’s more realistic when it comes down to teen drama.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.74 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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