Friday, 7 August 2015

Paper Towns Book Review

Written by John Green the author of the awarding winning novel the faults in our stars, Paper Towns is set to be in cinemas July and August 2015. So in advance of its release I decided to read the book before I watched the film.

Quentin Jacobsen has spent his life loving the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbour. So when she cracks open his window and climbs into his life, he can't refuse to help her on a night filled with revenge.

However after the all-nighter ends and a new day begins, Quentin arrives at school to discover Margo has disappeared. But unlike any other disappearance, Margo has left clues for Quentin to follow her. But the more Quentin discovers, the further Margo runs.

I did enjoy this book, but not as much as the faults in our stars. It is extremely similar to Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherine's, John Greens other smaller novels. It has the same geeky boy character who is obsessed with the too cool for him female character. Plus the same wacky best friend who is constantly put second best to the girl,  which the main male character desires.

The dialogue between the friends was interesting and funny, the first quarter of the book was highly enjoyable, but then it deteriorated for me. The thing is, John Green is a good writer, no a superb writer! He had the whole teenage girl population swooning over Augustus Waters like he was some sort of modern Mr Darcy. But these small stories are beginning to make me question whether John Green is just a one hit wonder and none of his books will ever be as good as the fault in our stars.

Unfortunately I am now re-considering watching it in the cinemas as my excitement has somewhat vanished.


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