Paper Towns: Review #14


I have finally decided to put up my review and opinion on Paper Towns by John Green.

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

I read this book back in July and I can only just about give myself the patience  to write about this book . This book irritated me more than I can even express.  I know I'm in the minority here, but I have to say that this book definitely didn't do it for me. I found this book to have no character development and the plot being very boring. This book could of been so much shorter than it actually is, I feel it was quite repetitive with certain questions being asked over and over and the realisation of Margo 'disappearing'. Certain aspects in the book took me a while to get my head round as some of it seemed too stupid to even comprehend, especially the whole clues in the door situation early on in the book.  As soon as Margo 'disappeared' you knew straight off that she wasn't dead like Quentin had concerns for.
It was odd to me as to why Quentin was so infatuated with Margo who came across as a self obsessed brat. Margo's reasons for running away were stupid and in my opinion quite ridiculous. The only thing I kind of liked about this book was the road trip, when each hour was counted down and different things happened - pitstops. I liked this but also didn't like it as felt like John Green was running out of the ideas for the book and wanted to keep the book going for a few more chapters, it literally could of ended 100 pages less than it is.
The ending for me was so underwhelming and I found it to be boring and quite pointless to be honest, why did I read a terrible book to only have the end be 1000% more terrible than the actual storyline was? I feel as though the ending made the whole book and plot totally irrelevant. I think John Green's writing is quite sloppy and I for one do not understand how we are currently in a 'john green era' John Green isn't one of the best authors which makes this statement to feel ridiculous. 

I am not bashing John Green by any means, I just don't like his style of writing or his books. I have tried to like them, but this is my second book of his I've read and still don't like his style. I don't think I'll carry on with any of his other books.

If you like John Green that's cool, that's totally your preference and what you enjoy, don't let me make you feel bad or even be angry at me for having an opinion. Enjoy reading what you like to read.

Dear John Green,
I'm sure you have plenty of people that love your style or writing and story telling and I'm sorry I don't understand it, carry on writing and doing what you love.

1 comment

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