I first fell in love with John Green when he came out with the book Waiting for Alaska.  I was equally enchanted with Abundance of Katherines. Last night, I finally finished John Greens latest and greatest addition, Paper Towns.  Mind you I have been trying to finish it for 3 days crammed between work, work and more work. It got to the point that something had to give and it was going to be my work because I just had to finish the book.  I read someone else’s review and she said that she was tempted to skip to page 305, the last page to see what  happened to one of the main characters, Margo.  I want this person to know I was tempted to but alas I did not peak either – I was so proud of myself.  Besides waiting til the end made the book even more satisfying.

Reading his book reminded me of the people who I went to high school with – the band geeks, the jocks, the Untouchable popular kids.  I knew people that were like Margo, Quentin, Radar, Ben and Lacey.  Some I liked, others I didn’t.  I get Margo’s feeling of needing to get out of the paper town she lives in so she doesn’t get even more sucked in.   Would I have done it her way? Probably not but her way led to some really funny dialogue between the characters and neat little mystery to figure out.  

This story pulls you in from the beginning.  One thing Green does so well is go into detail, painting rich layers seamlessly tying together the characters and their stories.  We read a story about something that happened in in Quentin and Margo’s childhood and then skip forward many years to a time right before prom which Quentin will not go to for any about of money offered.  Things get interesting when Margo shows up at his window dressed liked a ninga insisting that he has to help her.  Mind you Margo is Quentin’s unrequited love so I ask you to tell me if he goes along with Margo’s adventure.  It only takes a little coaxing but he sure does.  The night, as they accomplish all the things on Margo’s list who is hellbent on revenge, is pretty magical not just for Quentin but Margo too.  School the next day after their night was definitely interesting for the lack of a better word.  Quentin struggles to say awake in class because their adventure lasted to just about dawn realizes Margo isn’t in school the next day.  I am not sure if I would’ve gone either after all they did either….The question will become soon after where is Margo?  She has seemingly disappeared leaving clues for Quentin to find.  The big question is will Quentin and his friends figure out the clues and will they lead to Margo?  And if they do, will she be dead or alive?  You will just have to read the book to find out.  

It will not surprise me one iota if Green walks a way with a few awards for this book.  Definitely another winner!

 

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