Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Words cannot fully express how much I love this book, but I am going to try.  It is my favorite John Green book, and that is saying something.

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This is the story of Quentin, a high school senior, and his next door neighbor, Margo. Quentin and Margo were friends as children, but have since grown apart, since she is one of the cool kids at school and he is, well, not. Then one night, Margo appears at Quentin’s window and invites him to come with her on an adventure that involves sneaking out, staying up all night, getting revenge on her cheating ex-boyfriend and the friend who should have told her about it, and ends with breaking into Sea World (the only Orlando theme park that Margo hadn’t broken into previously). The night seems magical, as does Margo at times, but the next day, she disappears. Her parents, tired of her strange antics and previous runaway attempts, decide that since she’s eighteen now, she’s on her own.

It’s up to Quentin to find out what happened to Margo, especially since she has left several clues behind that only Quentin would be able to find or understand. It’s a crazy scavenger hunt through poetry and music, through abandoned buildings throughout Central Florida, and ending with the best road trip I’ve ever read about.

This book made me laugh and cry, often at the same time. I love how, the more Quentin learns about Margo, the more he realizes that he barely knew her at all. She had always been this fantasy, this unattainable girl, but she was also a lot more than that. This book also deals with how it feels when childhood officially ends, leaving behind everything you knew and going off into your future.

So yes, this is an awesome book. Go read it. Now.

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