Original Title: Paper Towns (german: Margos Spuren)
Author: John Green
Published: February 8th, by Hanser
Page Count: 336
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
It’s been a few weeks since I read this novel and now I can finally write a review.
First of all, I liked this novel better than The Fault in our Stars. I can’t wait for the movie to come out already, starring Cara Delevigne. But now, let me share my views on the book.
When it comes to teenage tragedy stories, John Green knows how to do it best. The story starts with an insight to a teenage boy outsider named Quentin who suddenly gets involved in a short adventure for the night with the popular girl and old childhood friend Margo. The next day however, Margo suddenly disappears, leaving a mysterious riddle for Quentin to solve in order to find her. The plot keeps getting more exciting the more Quentin finds out. While reading, I got the feeling of wanderlust, and wished to do a roadtrip across the USA.
I loved how the relationships of the different characters developped. Beginning with the childhood friendship between Quentin and Margo who then seem to have lived apart during the highschool years, up to Quentin and his two best friends, and Margo’s best friend Lacey. I loved the idiotic but funny character of Ben and the genius mind of Radar, especially the crazy obsession of his parents to collect black Santa Clauses :’D But out of all these characters, Margo’s character was the most interesting for me. I loved how she wanted more from life than “All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store”. I could perfectly identify myself with her because of all these things she says in the book. Plus, she is a very strong character to just vanish and decide to live in a different city, alone, literally. I admire strong female characters like her, and because of that, Margo Roth Spiegelman and Paper Towns will always have a special place in my bookshelf.
John Green’s style of writing is unique and fresh. It combines young teenage slang with deep philosophical statements. It lets you think about important things by wrapping the content into an easy entertaining language that both, puts a smile on your face and at the same time lets you think about your life and the world in general. I have already admired Green’s writing style in The Fault in our Stars, but in this one, his writing style is different, and in my opinion, better and more unique.
Final review – 4/5: An easy read that lets you think about life. If you are a John Green fan, then this book shouldn’t be missing on your shelf.