Review / Paper Towns by John Green

Pages: 305 / Publishing: Bloomsbury / Buy Here

John Green’s coming of age novel centers on the search for a very special girl: Margo Roth Spiegelman. Loved passionately and silently by her neighbour Quentin „Q“ Jacobsen, her disappearance after a night of pranks becomes the most interesting topic of their last year of high school. He and his friends depart on a mission to find Margo, but slowly begin to fear what they might find at its end.

John Green is able to write stories as Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars that inspire adolescents around the world and they will surely watch the movie starring Cara Delivigne and Nat Wolff more than once, when it hits cinemas in July.

Margo Roth Spiegelman has lived on the other side of the street from Quentin since they’ve been children and has become the object of his adolescent worship: The Queen of the Highschool who was once his friend and might become one again.

[Margo] loved mysteries so much she became one.

When Margo disappears, Quentin and his group of nerd-friends set out to find her; following a trail of clues that Margo left behind. But when they visit a desolate building and see a frightening inscription on a wall, they fear what they might find if they go on searching.

Green wrote a coming-of-age novel about a young teenager who has to realize that the dreams he so ardently nourished throughout his school years are maybe just that: dreams. Beautiful, mysterious Margo turns out to be as selfish as any other girl her age. When he discovers the final clue to Margo’s whereabouts, he has to decide: Does he want to know the secret behind the paper towns?

Its a paper town, with paper houses and paper people, everything is uglier up close.

As always, Green created characters so like modern teenagers, but also so grown up and special that the story and the characters also appeal to older readers although it is a YA novel. The Paper Towns representing the shallowness of modern life, speaks to everyone. Ironically, also to the many readers, who will rush to the cinemas to see the movie.


John Green’s Paper Towns is a pleasure to read and one cannot but sympathize with the main character and dread the end of his journey with him. For fans of The Fault in Our Stars definitely a must-read, as for everybody else who enjoys a good, growing up story.

Grafik: Christina Koorman
Grafik: Christina Koorman
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2 Gedanken zu “Review / Paper Towns by John Green

  1. Das Buch ist dank des Filmes wieder… sehr in Mode. Aber… für mich klingt die Story nicht reizvoll. Ich glaube, ich mag Figuren, die mehr denken als handeln xD

    • Die Bücher haben ja schon durch „Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter“ viel Popularität bekommen. Meistens sind die Figuren in seinen Filmen irgendwohin unterwegs oder suchen etwas, aber es geht auch viel um die innere Perspektive, was soll ich aus meinem Leben/meiner Zukunft machen – was Teenager eben beschäftigt.

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