Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Page Count: 305

Genre: Coming Of Age

Book synopsis: Quentin Jacobson has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day break, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo,  always an enigma,  has now become mystery.  But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

Movie Adaptation: Paper Towns

I personally found this book quite disappointing, which is unlike John Green. 

Its promising, you can feel it’s promising but this 300-something page read turns out to be pretty forced and disengaging. 

The story has no story. It doesn’t manage to mend my broken strings. I’ve tried reading it atleast thrice,  hoping I may find something but every time it came across as bland, and fruitless. 

Yes, Green being the brilliant wroter that he is does give paragraphs of spot-on descriptions,  and manages tp deliver a light-hearted, and funny read. He manages to crack you up yet give u insight using instances like this:

The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.  Like I will never be struck by a lightening,  or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands,  or contract terminal ear cancer,  or spontaneously combust.  But if you consider all the unlikely things together,  at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs, I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the sibdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next to Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Well, its hilarious but lacking

I wish this one kept my wavering attention. I wish I could connect with it. But I can’t.

It’s an easy read, no doubt,  but if you’re like me, it gets boring and consequently becomes a tedious one.

All I can say is that between the book and the movie,  the movie’s hopeless. You may be better of reading the book. 

Well, this is just my opinion. Let me know what you think! 


Critics: 3.9/5

I’d rate it: 2.7/5