Review: Paper Towns by John Green



Publication Date: October 4, 2008
From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsWinner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

My Review:

A couple years ago I tried an audiobook on a commute to school and just couldn’t get into it. I decided that I just didn’t have the attention span for audiobooks and wrote them out.

I decided to give the Paper Towns audiobook a try via audible and am now changing my stance on audiobooks.

First, the narrator did an amazing job of exhibiting the emotions, thoughts, and personalities of each character. I didn’t really like Radar’s southern accent, but I hate most southern accents that I hear on tv and movies, so it was bound to happen.

The story—that story. I needed to know what happened next. I have a 45 minute-hour drive to and from work and I’d always find myself wanting to stay in the car and keep listening. John Green has a way of making sure that I’m drawn into his books and can’t put them down.

However, I have one complaint—I just felt like it was missing something at the end. With that said, I’d rate Paper Towns at maybe a 3.5/5. It was still good and many people might not have a problem with the ending like I did. The ending wasn’t terrible—I just felt like I was missing a chapter was all.

Book Challenge Update!

At the beginning of January I set a reading goal for myself and decided to read 75 books this year. I tend to get busy or in a rut, so I figured that was a safe number.

I here to reveal my January total….7 books! I don’t think that is too bad at all. At least two books were paper copies which do tend to take me a little bit longer to read. All in all, I read some great stuff in January including The Uglies, We Were Liars (comes out in May), The Here and Now (releases in April, and Cress (NEXT TUESDAY!!!). I can’t wait to see what is coming up in February!