Very brief here, because I am aware that I talk about John Green kind of a lot. Paper Towns is Green’s most recent novel, about a teenage girl who isn’t entirely contented with her life as the bold and daring queen of her high school. She’s looking for more – and she pulls her longtime neighbor and friend into a cross-country journey to figure out what’s what.
There are some similarities to Looking for Alaska here: the magnetic central female figure, the slighty-intellectual-but-not-too-too male narrator, the way that the characters iean on and into each other and learn and grow. I get the idea that Green might really be writing his life down. He does it so very, very well that I don’t even mind that the novels are a little similar.
I intended to read this normal-sized book like a normal person, maybe take a week or so and nibble away at it. I lasted two days, and then I found myself tumbling through the last two-thirds, staying up way past bedtime and not really regretting it in the morning.
An interesting tidbit: In my library, we have two copies of this book with two different covers. One is smiley, twinkly Margo, and the other is Margo-as-zombie. After I read the book, the difference made sense. See if you can figure it out.