So, I said I’d be finished with Paper Towns this week and that I’d review it. And now I am. Yay honesty! First of all, I have to fangirl about John Green for a second. Sometimes I look up his quotes from his different books for fun because I think they are so profound. They really make me think. For me, John Green has a way of steering away from the cliche. Please read his books and love him as much as I do. Thanks. I’ll stop gushing now. Here’s the review:
The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.
The story focuses on Quentin Jacobsen, a senior living in Orlando, Florida. This guy has been pining over the girl of his dreams, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Or, maybe I shouldn’t call it pining, because that would imply that he strives to attain her affection, while really, he’s been watching his once childhood friend be admired and fawned over in the popular crowd, all from the side lines.
Margo is the type of girl who can get away with anything. The whole school is constantly buzzing about her. Quentin is madly in love with her and sees even her biggest flaws as endearing. After years of hardly speaking to Quentin in school, Margo randomly shows up at his window one night and picks him to drive her all over Orlando to wreak havoc on the town.
The next morning, Quentin finds Margo has run away (not uncommon for her), but grows more concerned when she doesn’t return after weeks. He embarks on a journey that will shape him forever.
“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” (8)
““What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” (253)
“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.” (33)
Those are just a few. Y’all, what I probably love most about the whole book is Margo, and her attitude in the last quote I posted. She has the most vivacious demeanor, and I love it. I like that she sees that we limit ourselves as a society. I like that she calls out everyone for living for planning and not doing.
In conclusion, I loved it. Just the right amount of serious and funny. Sorry this was so long! I hope you read it. Also, please buy me a T-shirt with John Green’s face on it.