Sunday, May 2, 2010

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were childhood friends who once found a dead body in the park. Fast forward to senior year of high school, and they're practically strangers. Margo, who leads the popular it-crowd, hasn't so much as looked at Quentin in years. But when she shows up at his window late one night, Margo takes Quentin on an adventure he'll never forget. Quentin gets home just in time to get ready for school, where he thinks things will finally be different between him and Margo. What he finds, however, is that Margo has disappeared and that she left clues specifically for him to find. What follows is a wild goose chase with friends Ben, Radar, and Lacey during their final weeks of high school.

If you don't already know how I feel about John Green, you obviously haven't read my reviews of Looking for Alaska or An Abundance of Katherines. There really isn't anything I can say that hasn't already been said. He is ah-mazing, and you must go out and get his books right now if you haven't already. Go! Now! And while you're at it, check out John's website and YouTube page!

Ok, back to Paper Towns. There's no denying the similarities between Green's narrarators - Miles, Colin, Quentin - they're all dorky guys in love with seemingly unattainable girls who get through it all with the help of their always hilarious, mostly supportive friends. But as far as I'm concerned, John Green can write a hundred books with the same cast of characters and it will never get old. Some things just work, and I think this does.

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