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Paper Towns by John Green

This is my first time to read a John Green novel. My plan is to read first “Looking for Alaska” then will followed by his other two novels     which is the “Paper Towns” and “An Abundance of Katherines”. But I doubted myself if that is the right book for me to read first to know John Green, and for that, I decided to ask my GR friends who read the books I mentioned, most of them voted for “Paper Towns” than “Looking for Alaska, for the reason(according to them) that it is much fun and is a light read but is also a moving and compelling novel,  and this is one of the favorite novels of my trusted friends in GR when it comes to YA novels, Aaron and Tina. And they are right…

“Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a 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 of the girl he thought he knew.”

There is something about the book that is I can’t explain when I’m reading it, and to say that the message of the story goes deeper in me until the end of the story which is I really can’t define, and that is why I loved the novel. It is the experience while reading it and not the story itself, which is not what I expected it to be…

There’s more contemplation when I reached the middle of the story and more realization when I finished the novel. It is just, it is really hard to explain how did I feel while I’m reading the book.

“Margo is not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.” pp. 199

This line made an impact in me and made me realize that people around us expect us on what they want us to be, some of them will not appreciate us for who we are until we became of what they want us to be, which is way way wrong…

When I’m choosing my friends I see to it that I’ll let them know my flaws first before I’ll show them who really am, and for this, I saw who really  my true friends are and whose just my “aquaintance “. I also do this because I believe that once they accept my flaws, then most probably, they will accept my perfection, which is true. I know that it is hard to please everybody, but is it really hard to understand somebody if they are not in your own league? ..

I love the way Green wrote this novel.  I love how he narrate the story through the voice of Q or Quentin.  I love Radar,Ben and the gang.  And most of all, I love the road trip.  One thing I’m not sure of is if I love Margo, but she made me undestood that it is not easy to be loved for who you are, though there will be people who will appreciate of who and what you are, but it is also your responsibility to say to them that:

“What a treacherous thing it is to believe a person is more than a person” pp. 282 ; and

“It’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that you would want to be with someone just because they’re pretty. Like choosing breakfast cereal based on color instead of taste”

And the ending reminds me that it is OK to adjust for the environment you’re in, but if you allow them to make you what they want you to be, then nevertheless, you will loose yourself and will never be the same person you know you are again…

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  1. February 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I wanted to read his books too there is a lot of hype around his books, so I wanted to work my way up to it, Great post I think my first book will be paper towns too.

    • February 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Yes, the book is amazing. Give it a shot, I know you’ll also love it.

  1. April 13, 2011 at 1:49 am

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