Paper Towns by John Green

I wanted to like this book, I really tried to like it. I liked A Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska when I read them a few years ago, but after reading Paper Towns I wonder if they were as good as I thought they were.


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… –Goodreads

Favorite things:

John Green. His writing style is as good as I remember it being. It had so many quirky, cute, and funny moments. As always the book is filled with metaphors and imagery that is entertaining to read.

The old shopping center. I think that abandoned malls and buildings are so interesting, I loved seeing one included in a book.

Not so Favorite things:

The characters in general. Ben was just so creepy, I didn’t like him. He called girls “Honey bunnies,” and then there was that scene early on in the book about how hot he thought Q’s mom was and that whole thing was just weird. I didn’t like Margo at all. To sum her up, she was a brat. Q was alright but I spent the whole book wanting to yell at him for being so obsessed with someone who obviously didn’t care about him.

This book just made me feel agitated and annoyed in general. I think it was mainly because of Margo, I could rant about Margo for a paragraph or two but I will not.

Some favorite quotes:

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

The quills:


Yep, the f word is used one or twice.

Physical romance?

Not really, but there is some discussion.


Not really, but there is one scene that is pretty gross and I could have gone without it.

Will you cry?


Overall rating?

Two out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

John Green, who I’m sure you’ve heard of.



Have you read Paper Towns? What were your thoughts on it? Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t like Ben.

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