Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Published: Published September 22nd 2009 by Speak (first published October 1st 2008)
Genre: Young Adult
Sigh. Just when I thought I'd like a John Green book ALL THE WAY THROUGH I get this bullshit.
First off, if I could round it up to 3.5, I would.
The first portion of this book was exciting and had the best dialogue out of all the other John Green books I've read thus far (TFIOS, Finding Alaska) but John Green always throws in things that are just too quirky to be believable: names (Margo Roth Spiegelman--how many times to we have to hear it?!), screen names (OMNICTARIAN96, ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION, SACKCLOTHANDASHES, etc.), Traits about people (the second largest black santa collection?!)
Another thing I am really hating about John Green is the predictability of his characters. He really loves for the female to be adventurous, uninhibited, etc, etc. We saw this in Finding Alaska and now again in Paper Towns. I don't find this type of person cute.
"The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle of the sentence" --Margo.
Hey Margo! If you were a real person, you'd grow up in a few years. It's a good thing 'college isn't for you' because giving random words in a sentence a capital letter isn't correct and won't go well.
Of course if there's a popular, adventurous and uninhibited female character, there has to be a nerdy dude pining after her. Enter, Quentin. A typical John Green character: studious, few friends but okay with it, good family, and predictable life.
With all this said, it was a fast paced book for a good amount of it. A big chunk of it was even fun to read. But that ending.How any anyone be okay with the way it ends?
No spoilers, of course...