Journey to the Paper Towns, a trip by John Green

Coming July 16 is the movie adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns which is very exciting as we love his books here at the library.
A couple of years ago Steph, who has left us to be a teacher, read and reviewed the book which is below. Read her thoughts and request a copy of the book before you see the movie.


What if someone you knew since childhood decided to disappear for while? Leaving you with a bunch of vague clues and the mighty task of finding her decomposing remains weeks before you graduated high school.

As children, you and her braved all the monsters under the bed and in the closet, now you’re left alone to face the reality of a life despoiled, a heart broken, and a mind traumatised by neglect.

Margo Roth Spiegelman is Quentin’s whole life, seventeen years of obsession and daydreaming ends in a night of wild pranks, nude pictures, and lots of breaking and entering. The next day finds Margo missing. At first, her parents, the police, her friends are all convinced that she’s just runaway for attention-seeking purposes. But as the days become weeks, Quentin realises only he can find her and save her…from herself. A clue in a poster points to a haunted old building, and leaves Quentin with no doubt of Margo’s intention: to relieve her soul from its body. With his two best friends, he prepares to meet the unsightly image of Margo’s flawless flesh rotting, her throat mangled by an old rope and her insides explored by heartless, burrowing maggots.

And at the end of Paper Towns, written by a New York Times Bestseller, John Green, I found myself considering how the people in my life would feel if I went crazy, and ran away just to find out how important I was to them. But only for a second, I have to say that this book dragged on, Green had his plotline (Popular, perfect girl, runs away because she is all disturbed and hurt, guy who’s always loved her for who she is, sails the seven seas to find her), and a bit like the Hangover, the end is such an anti-climax, you have to sit for a few moments and lament the loss of time you wasted on reading and building your own suspense. However simplistic the writing was (some people consider this a good thing), I found it difficult to predict the ending, without cheating. It was kind of scary and intriguing to wait for Quentin to find Margo’s body hanging from the rafters of an old store. The biggest disappointment was, like most male authors, Green allows all his male characters to pair up with their fantasised ideal women (beautiful, wanted, wild, rich, etc.). Detracting from the ‘reality’ he was supposed to portray of young people’s struggles. Which is hard, very hard.

A moment’s silence for them…


Steph

Author: Steph

Steph can be found at all three Cockburn Libraries.

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