Review: John Green’s “Paper Towns” entertains, lacks climatic ending


Allegra H.

Following the sensation surrounding the movie adaption of “The Fault in Our Stars,” a John Green craze is sweeping the nation and fans are rushing to read “Paper Towns,” another Green novel that’s set to premiere in theaters on June 5, 2015. Readers are revitalizing the seven-year-old story filled with mystery, honeybunnies, revenge, and black Santas. But, if the film is an exact depiction of the book, I would recommend rewatching “The Fault In Our Stars” to get your John Green movie fix.

“Paper Towns” begins with main character and narrator Quentin “Q” Jacobsen recalling a time when he and his next door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, came across a dead man in the park when they were kids. From that point on, Margo found her love of mysteries and eventually became one to everyone she knew.

The book resumes during Q and Margo’s senior year when they couldn’t be more polar opposite. Margo is now the queen bee of the school, while Q is somewhat unknown sitting lower on the totem pole. Although they have separated socially and Margo rarely acknowledges Q’s existence, all of that changes in one crazy night.

On an arbitrary weeknight, Margo sneaks out of her house and takes Q on a wild night of friendship, revenge, and mischief. After the night’s over, Q believes their rekindled relationship will remain or perhaps even develop a romantic twist. However, Margo doesn’t return to school  the next day for Q to find out. In fact, it looks like Margo, the perpetual flight risk, may have left for good.

From there, Q develops a desperate, borderline-creepy Margo Roth Spiegelman obsession. He spends the rest of the book dragging his friends around to look for clues connected to her disappearance.

Contrary to the review on the book’s cover saying, “Profoundly moving,” I found the book to be somewhat tired. Don’t get me wrong, there are some exciting parts in the story and great teenaged humor, but a majority of the book is boring and redundant because all Q is doing is collecting dead-end clues to find Margo.

John Green conveniently decided to split his book into parts, one through three, which is great because parts one and three are the only sections I would suggest reading. Part two is the longest and seemingly pointless.

All in all, while this book isn’t my favorite, it isn’t the worst story I’ve ever read. It’s an easy read and can be entertaining, but it often chooses momentary humor at the expense of diverting from the main plotline in the story.