Review: Paper Towns

Posted on November 19, 2008

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Paper Towns
By John Green
Dutton Juvenile
October 2008
352 pages

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were playmates and next door neighbors until they grew up and grew apart. In high school, Q worships her hotness from afar. Then one night during their senior year, Margo climbs through his bedroom window and back into his life. Dressed like a ninja, she demands he accompany her on a hair-raising escapade. After a night of mischief and mayhem – but no breaking and entering – during which Margo breaks up with her boyfriend, Q actually believes he might have a chance with her. Instead, the next day she disappears.

The mystery of Margo becomes Q’s obsession, giving new meaning to the term girl-chasing. Did she join the circus? A-gain? Or get swallowed up in the Big Apple? Or is she just hiding out in a “pseudovision” (abandoned subdivision), watching him? Or was it suicide?

But the biggest question of all is whether the real live Margo can hold a torch to the Margo of Q’s imagination. Or does reality bite?

Paper Towns is a sometimes hilarious – sometimes poignant road trip through the teenage condition toward self discovery.

Copyright (c) 2008 by Peggy Tibbetts 

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