Paper Towns by John Green
(Speak, 2009, 305 pages)
John Green’s writing of Paper Towns was smooth, effortless, and a pleasure to read. Quentin Jacobson, a high school nerd, had a childhood crush on Margo Roth Spiegelman, an adventurous girl next door. She hadn’t paid any attention to him since they were eight years old, so imagine the surprise he felt when, ten years later, she appeared at his window in the middle of the night.
They spent the whole night pulling pranks that she had conspired. Upon arriving at school the next day, Margo failed to show up and Quinton soon realizes that she has gone missing. The story goes on to show just how determined Quentin and three of his friends are to find her, dead or alive.
I had high expectations for this book, I think partly because of all of the hype surrounding the movie coming out. It started out very entertaining and as something of a page turner. However, I found it to be a little slow in the middle and the end was somewhat anticlimactic. That being said, I like how Green developed the characters and the dialogue between them was very funny, full of sarcasm, and clever. I enjoyed the clues Quentin unraveled and the road trip with his friends.
If you are looking for a story that is a light read with mystery and adventure, then I recommend this book for you. You can expect to laugh and smirk your way through the story. I thought this was a good book but not great. Nevertheless, I do look forward to seeing the movie.