While John Green, Nat Wolff, and Cara Delevinge are attending Paper Towns premiere in New York, I figure, hey i cannot go to the premiere but I can write a review on Paper Towns!!!! *weeps*
I’ve always been a fan of John Green because of his YouTube collaboration with his equally-awesome brother Hank Green. They created a
cult called Nerdfighteria where people call themselves Nerdfighters. No, we don’t fight nerds.
“People who instead of being made up of cells and organs and stuff are actually made out of awesome.” from Urban Dictionary.
Our motto is DFTBA. DON’T FORGET TO BE AWESOME. It’s an initialism, not acronym *thanks John*.
Okay, so, the book. It is the fourth novel that John Green has published. Personally, it did not hit me as hard as The Fault in Our Stars(another tear-inducing novel by John) did, but it hit me on a way deeper level. Paper Towns is about Quentin Jacbobsen, a high school graduate-to-be going on a detective-y adventure with his friends to search for Q’s life-long crush, Margo Spiegelman. 90% of the book is about how Q sees the people around him and himself, but mostly, Margo. Margo is this rebellious teenager who sneaks out at night and skips school for days for absolutely nonsense. But, like most YA misunderstood teens, she actually has a secret side that is so special and precious for the world to see. Q thinks he is the only one who sees that and thus, they belong together.
Now, I am not discouraging this Taylor Swifty romance that you belong with me stuff. But then, you start to wonder as you read the book, how would Margo react to such…adoration? Quentin isn’t exactly Margo kind of boyfriend (she had a jock boyfriend who cheated on her). They did not speak for years until they almost graduate from high school. In short, Q is those nerdy losers in high school where Margo is the school queen. He was a nerd, she was a queen. CAN IT BE ANY MORE OBVIOUS?
Despite being the central attention of the book, Margo hardly appears it in in person. Readers know Margo through Quentin’s thoughts. That is not the real Margo. That was the conclusion of the book. What we see in our heads can be different from what other people see in theirs and from what the things we see actually are. For Quentin, he sees Margo as this suicidal misunderstood teenager who don’t want to leave in paper towns(boring, dead, over-planned places and people) and needs his rescue. Quentin finds all these clues that Margo left behind and decides to find her before he cannot anymore. All comes to nothing when Q and Margo reunite in the end of the book when Margo is surprised by Q. Margo never intends to give clues nor for Quentin to find her. She merely wants to escape from a paper town like Orlando and its paper people. Quentin sees Margo in the way only he sees her. When he thinks no one understands Margo but him, it is actually, no one sees Margo in the way he does.
This is what hits me hard. We see so many people every day. When we meet new people, first impressions have already given us a brief biography as to what the person is and whether we like him/her or not. We have fixated on a certain way to see a person, or more, a place and a thing. We disagree with others because our ways collide. We are disappointed because our own expectations are not met. But it is sad when you finally understand, in Paper Towns’ case, Q’s Margo never exists. Maybe what we love in our head, or what we see in our heads is all wrong and distorted from truth.
OKAY. THAT WAS SAD.
BUT, in general, it is a very quick paced novel that takes you no longer than one week to finish. I am a slow reader and it took me three days. John Green’s style is very witty and easy, it’s like reading his train of thought just running. You would be eager to turn to the next page to see if Q finds Margo, or if Q finds any new clues that would lead him to Margo. Margo. Margo. Margo. In the end of the book, you will feel cheated. Because the Margo you have been reading about does not exist.
Honestly, I prefer TFIOS over Paper Towns but if you want something lighter to read, Paper Towns is great. TFIOS is ten thousand buckets of tears while Paper Towns is ten punches of epiphanies. Pick. 😉