Paper Towns

Paper Towns - John Green Overall: Loved this book! I loved the fact that the girl turned out to be completely different. It wasn't the typical romance where the boy goes on an adventure and finds the girl and they are instantly in love. Margo is way too cool for that. This book was good, not as good as The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but very good. This book was a tad bit childish sounding. I'm not really sure how to convey it, but the writing was definitely lower level. Targeted for the lower end of YA. But that's OK! It still was very good. I loved the philosophy behind paper towns. I really want to go to one now! Someone take me? This book was very good, is basically what I am trying to say.

Characters: Margo=total badass. I want to be her, minus the mean part. I want to break into Sea World and be awesome like that. Q=lovesick but very determined. He was borderline obsessive, but it's alright. It worked for his nerdy self.

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

“That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

“The town was paper, but the memories were not."

“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”

“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”

Recommend?: Yes! I give it 4.5/5 just for the lower level vocabulary. The book was very good! Well, anything by John Green is amazing!

Salaam, Lived One Thousand Lives