My TBR currently stands at about 100 books, so I’m constantly weighing up all my possible options when it comes to picking a new book. The choice to read what would become my 8th book in 2015 for my 2015 Reading Challenge was surprisingly simple though: I have a general rule to read a book before I see a film, and with the upcoming release of “Paper Towns”, I knew I had to read the book before the movie came out (plus I was in the mood for a YA contemporary).
Set in Florida, USA, (where I would totally love to live, even if Margo doesn’t) “Paper Towns” by John Green expertly fitted the bill for #13 A book set in a different country. I had previously only read one John Green book, “The Fault In Our Stars”, for which I was certainly in the minority as I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I was ready to be convinced otherwise.
My Goodreads Review
“I went into ‘Paper Towns’ totally blind, not knowing what it was about or what to expect. The book was split into three section: (1) Q and Margo go on an adventure, (2) Margo goes missing, and Q and his friends try to work out where Margo’s hiding, (3) Q and his friends go searching for Margo. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book (and really thought the book was going somewhere), but I was distinctly disappointed by the second part. It was repetitive, to the point where I knew exactly what was going to happen, even though I was praying for something to change. Thankfully the third part offered a reprieve, as Q and co. drove cross-country to find the elusive Margo.
If I were to tell you the plot, you’d probably think it was boring, and ultimately you’d be right. It wasn’t what I was expecting after I’d read the first action-packed third. I was anticipating an excellent YA crime novel (I love Lee Child and Robert Galbraith’s books – albeit they are aimed at older audiences) but I didn’t get it. What I did get was a single character that I loved, Q.
This is a story about “finding yourself” even if that means getting lost along the way. It is about letting go of the past and who you think you and other people are, and heading into the future knowing who you and other people are. Ultimately it is a coming of age story with a resolution! I for one was happy with the outcome of the novel – I hate all that “guy gets the girl and they live happily ever after” crap. Life isn’t like that, it’s about surrounding yourself with the best people, and living in the now. Great job Mr. Green!”
First of all, sorry about the coffee stains – I’m ashamed to admit that I let my book become a coaster (but only because I have the hardcover pre-ordered, due to arrive with me in March). Secondly, I can’t wait for the movie this summer! Even though the middle of the book was slow, the character development was good, and I found myself wondering “what really did happen to Margo?” I can’t wait to see how it’s been adapted for the big screen – I’ve heard that they’ve livened it up a bit, and I certainly hope that is the case, although I hope they haven’t removed the original rawness this book has in the process.
#13 A book set in a different country – Paper Towns by John Green (6/10)
Eight down, forty-two to go.
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Update (14/05/15): I’ve been thinking. As occasionally happens when I’ve had time to consider a book, I’ve decided my rating for this book was a notch too high. I think the problem was that I actively wanted to like this book, thus I latched onto the positives I found whenever and wherever they were littered. In actual fact, this book did not deserve the 7/10 originally gave it, instead I have dropped it one point, to 6/10. As with everything in life, reflection can vield unexpected results. I may have to trademark that.