What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.
I’ve got to be honest here, I’m a sucker for John Green. His writing is simple, straight to the point, but at the same time completely and wonderfully lyrical.
Paper Towns is a story about life; not life as in what is the meaning of life, but life as in what the hell are you doing with yours?
Margo Roth Spiegelman is a name embedded forever in every Paper Towns reader’s mind. She is every cool guy’s dream girl; rough, adventurous, beautiful, edgy, and most importantly, a kick ass rock star. What the cool guys don’t know was that they don’t know her at all.
The story goes by Q, the boy next door, ignored by M for years after M became one of the popular kids in school. Then one night, M wanted to have revenge on all her backstabbing friends and she invited Q to join her on the adventure.
The adventure part of the story was satisfying for a teen fiction but what I absolutely love about the book besides the beautiful quotes John Green slipped in now and then, was the lesson. The lesson learned, despite Q’s delusional non existing relationship with a missing girl, was that you can never know who a person is, because most of the time, the more beautiful her fascinating story is, the more you actually don’t know her.
I personally loved their 2 minute stops at the highway during their hunt for Margo. 15 seconds to get tshirts 25 seconds for snacks 1 minute for 1 person toilet stop. It was hilarious and at the same time made me realize how important those kind of friends are. I laughed like hell reading those parts.
The ending was unexpected, yet expected in a way, I thought. Q didn’t get his girlfriend because at the end of the book, he didn’t even know who Margo was.
She loved mysteries so much, that she became one.
In the end, the paper girl left the paper town, looking for the meaning of life, looking for the meaning of her life. It was inspiring. Reading about Margo made me realize that there’s so much more to life than just living a paper life in a paper town. Reading about Q made me realize that life is so much more than just chasing paper girls you know nothing about.
Finally, my fav quote from the book;
Margo was not a miracle,
She was not an adventure,
She was not a fine and precious thing;
She was a girl.
God knows how hard it is to be expected to be a fun wondrous specimen in this dull world.