Paper Towns by John Green

Hi there, and happy monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I did exactly what I planned on doing: reading, walking the dachshund and gardening. But do you know what? I read a beautiful book yesterday. It’s one of my new favorite books, and – yeah! – I’m going to tell you all about it!

So, I started reading a book called “The secret lives of dresses”. Oh my, was that book boring! I’m really, really sorry (to the author & fans), but that was a terrible book! Nothing wrong with the writing really, I just thought this book would be a completely different story than what it was (and the story was kind of horrible). Anyways… I put it down halfway, and picked up “Paper Towns” by John Green.

WOW!!!

I have read “Looking for Alaska” and “An abundance of Katherines”. I loved them both. “Looking for Alaska” is an all time favorite, and nothing will ever beat that story. But yesterday I finished “Paper Towns”, and I was blown away. I love that book nearly as much as “Looking for Alaska”. It was basically just as wonderful.

THE SYNOPSIS

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. She has disappeared. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance …and they are for him. Trailing Margo’s disconnected path across the USA, the closer Q gets, the less sure he is of who he is looking for.

THE STORY 

♥ I love the storyline ♥ More than once in this book, I found myself thinking: how genious is John Green? How does he come up with this? How does he manage to write this? I want to know!!! Is it possible to borrow John Green’s brain for a few months, so that I can write an equally great story? Pretty please?

To me, this book was a complex story with several layers. There’s the typical YA part; friendship, high-school and coming to age. Then there’s the adventure part: roadtrip!!! And then the deeper part: human emotions and human actions. Combine all this with laugh-out-loud humor and geeky, interesting facts, and you’ve got an incredible book. I seriously laughed so hard throughout the book, I had to go inside the house so that my neighbours wouldn’t think I was a complete loony.

What confused me a little about this book was the ending. Suddenly in the very last pages everything went very serious. There sure was a lot of philosophizing going on there. Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t mind this, the story just got very deep very fast and I wasn’t quite expecting that. I will reread this book (at least the ending) soon. Maybe then things will clear up.

THE CHARACTERS

I think I fell in love with most of the people in this book. I like John Green’s quirky characters, and this book was filled to the rim with character quirkyness.

The main character, Q, is the sweetest boy imaginable. He truly is the good kid, and I loved that about him. He also gives the story great stability, because the other characters can be somewhat volatile. Q and his friends are graduating from high-school, they are all growing up, and they’re starting to develop their independence and personalities. Q’s friends seem to change throughout the story, while Q stays the same…until the very end.

Margo is a very different story… In fact, Margo IS this story. I don’t think I ever got the hang of Margo, and I definitely didn’t understand who she was/is. Now, after having finished the book, she keeps bugging me, but in a good way! I think about her a lot, and I try to find explanations to why she did what she did, but I’m blank… I have to let Margo marinate in my thoughts for a while. But all this is a good thing! Margo makes this book veeeery interesting!

TO SUM IT ALL UP

If you haven’t read any John Green books – you should! And this would be a great book to start with. It’s funny, emotional and fast paced. This book fits both boys and girls from the age of 15(ish) to…I don’t know…30? Boys will really like this book!!

I don’t know how to sum this all up, other than: I freakin’ love this book!!! Well actually: I love John Green. So there’s that! Just read it, read it, read it.

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

WintergirlsWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she’ll disappear altogether.

***

How can I explain the 2/5 stars I gave this book… I really liked the main character Lia and how she developed through the story. At first I thought the writing would annoy me, but I quickly got into the fast pacing, short sentences. It’s kind of hard to explain, because I liked the story, but halfway into this book I was rather annoyed by it. I think maybe Lias whining and her controlling mother got on my nerves.

No doubt – this is an important book. The author shows us what happens to Lias body and mind as her eating disorder escalades after losing her best friend. It felt real, and I think a lot of teen girls will like reading about this subject.

Basically, when it comes down to it, I think I was a bit too old to truly enjoy this book. I will recommend it to teens, and I bet they will love it.

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