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 I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns I am a big fan of John Green but found this book plodding and boring I hated the Margo character and thought that Q was a big whiner His obsession with Margo, who he didn t really even know, was really annoying I realize that this was one of the messages of the book, that we all assign traits and personalities to people we hardly know, but it was still hard to take, page after page I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a nerd I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns I am a big fan of John Green but found this book plodding and boring I hated the Margo character and thought that Q was a big whiner His obsession with Margo, who he didn t really even know, was really annoying I realize that this was one of the messages of the book, that we all assign traits and personalities to people we hardly know, but it was still hard to take, page after page I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a nerd fighter and would give just about anything to see him in public, but can t give Paper Townsthan 2 stars I need to start off with my criticism of John Green 1 Margo and Quentin are exactly the same people as Colin and Katherine and Miles and Alaska Quentin Colin Miles is this very thoughtful, somewhat nerdy young man who is on the cusp of fucking reaching out and grabbing life by the balls however he can He is also enad with Margo Alaska Katherine, a girl who is unattainable She is unpredictable and full of a shimmering charm she fades oasis style the closer and closer you try to get In a I need to start off with my criticism of John Green 1 Margo and Quentin are exactly the same people as Colin and Katherine and Miles and Alaska Quentin Colin Miles is this very thoughtful, somewhat nerdy young man who is on the cusp of fucking reaching out and grabbing life by the balls however he can He is also enad with Margo Alaska Katherine, a girl who is unattainable She is unpredictable and full of a shimmering charm she fades oasis style the closer and closer you try to get In addition, she feels too much and is never really seen for who she is but rather, for who everyone wants her to be Having said this, I am in love with Quentin Colin Miles, and Margo Alaska Katherine is the girl I want to meet aspire to someday be so I can t be too critical Green knows these people and has lit them from inside with realism and dimension 2 There were moments albeit far fewer than in his previous books where I felt likeokay, this is maybe a teensy bit contrived A little bit too perfectly quirky I cannot totally relate or believe in a guy who has invented a mathematical formula calculating the probability that the next Katherine he dates will dump him I think it s a creative premise that makes me want to read the book and is extremely well executed, but if I don t believe in someone, I m not going to fully feel for them or understand them This prevents me from enjoying the book as much as I do Margaret Atwood, etc Maybe this doesn t bother anyone else, but it bothers me, and I just can t put the guy up on a pedestal However, however, I fucking loved this book And I m not going to summarize it It was practically perfect and ridiculously engrossing and extremely fascinating so much so that my adverb use has increased exponentially If I even tried to give a synopsis, it would trivialize it too much Green uses Leaves of Grass in a way that made me want to re read it after having suffered through it in high school and potentially graffiti it all over the United States because we have it so wrong here I love Green s use of periods Part of why I loved it is for selfish reasons Margo s struggles are my own, and her hates are my hates In Quentin deciphering Margo, it helped me realize a lot of things about myself this is something that would be valuable to anyone who needs to become the wounded man Why so many good ratings for this book It could basically be called Looking for Margo, or Paper Alaska, because it s the same formula, again and again How many books can he write about an unbelievable teenager secretely loving another unbelievable teenager Everything was so absurd, Quentin s parents, the road trip, Ben, the black Santas All the metaphors are perharps what made me lose it completely The book that Quentin reads, Song of Myself, all the thoughts he had about it are so painfull Why so many good ratings for this book It could basically be called Looking for Margo, or Paper Alaska, because it s the same formula, again and again How many books can he write about an unbelievable teenager secretely loving another unbelievable teenager Everything was so absurd, Quentin s parents, the road trip, Ben, the black Santas All the metaphors are perharps what made me lose it completely The book that Quentin reads, Song of Myself, all the thoughts he had about it are so painfully forced down the reader s throat I ve read somewhere that John Green was in love with his own brain, and I cannot agreeThe rant of the detective about balloons was so badly executed I thought it was a joke It s not poetic, it s ridiculous And Quentin is so self absorbed, bashing Ben when really he should take a good look at himself And Margo God I had such a hard time finishing the book It was this bad I enjoyed Paper Towns but did not love it as much as Johns other work The ending was not as fulfilling as I hoped.3.5 5 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