Review: Paper Towns by John Green + Giveaway

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Published: 09.22.09
Pages: 305
Acquired: Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0


Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen 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 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 the girl he thought he knew...

My Review:
Like most book lovers, I knew I had to read Paper Towns before it came out in the theaters and I purchased it a few weeks before the movie was supposed to come out. Paper Towns ending up being a book that being two new firsts for me. 1 - It was a book that the hype did not leave up to the expectations for me and 2- It was a book where for once I enjoyed the movie more then the book. I never thought I'd ever say that, but in this case it was true.  

Paper Towns was the second John Green book for me, the first being Fault In Our Stars, which I absolutely loved. So I went into Paper Towns expecting to be just as moved and touched by the story and the characters as I was with TFIOS. But unfortunately for me it didn't happen. I struggled with the story line and in fact it left me in kind of reading slump. So much so that I went to the see the movie last weekend with only having read half of the book read. I was blown away from the movie. I laughed, I cried, I re-lived high school memories and went home eager to dive back in to the book. If I was so moved by the movie, then I was bound to be sucked back in to the story line. But that didn't happen. In fact I found myself skimming the last half of the book and even when I got to the important scene in the end of the book, it felt rushed and forced and with no closure as you found in the end of the movie. 

I'm not sure why I couldn't resonate with the book like other could. But I do know that this won't be my last John Green back and that I am determined to give this other books a try and I am hoping I enjoy them as much as I did TFIOS. 

As I don't see foresee myself re-reading Paper Towns, I am giving it away in the hopes that one fo you will read and love it more then I did!


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  1. I haven't seen a movie I liked more than the book, but I saw Pride and Prejudice movie more times that I want to admit. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  2. I liked The Fault in Our Stars movie more than the book. Oh, and The Notebook, too! :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

  3. Hi!
    I haven't read this book yet. I know the author because of Looking for Alaska. I was curious about the success John Green was having. Everybody talks about his books so I decided to give them a try. Looking for Alaska is not a bad book but the first half is a little slow.
    Maybe someday I will read Paper Towns too.
    It's my first time at your blog. I hope you can understand me. I'm Spanish and I'm trying to improve/refresh my English so you will often see me here.
    Thank you for the review.
    Kind regards from Spain.

  4. I have it on my shelf right now, but have yet to read it. I've read so many mixed reviews for it, that I'm afraid to touch it.

  5. I actually really liked the movie Insurgent by Veronica Roth more than the book, though I did like the book. Also, it was almost painful to read Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice, but I love love the movie, and actually, the other books in that series which I've read!

    I still need to read The Fault In Our Stars, but I'm holding off because I enjoyed the movie and cried a lot... and I'm not sure I want to cry that much while reading!

  6. Well... the thing is... there are no movie adaptations of books that I like better than the actual books. There are some that I thought were good, but never as good as the book

  7. I would have to go with The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Atonement by Ian McEwan and Interview with Vampire by Anne Rice.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. I really enjoyed this book. It had me laughing out loud, so I hope I enjoy the movie.

  9. Nice review. This was definitely not a favorite John Green of mine, but not my least favorite either. :)

  10. This book made me laughing out loud. It is not his best book but I really enjoyed it. The movie was great.

    Artemis Giote


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