4 Reasons I Loved Paper Towns by John Green

Let me start by saying this is the first audio book I have ever listened to. I must say I enjoyed it immensely and have started looking for other audio books to listen to.

This is the second book by John Green I’ve read and I must say it did not disappoint. Some people complain that Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are too similar. Being that Looking for Alaska is the only other book of his I have read, I can see why they say that; however, I feel like the characters have similar traits but the stories are very independent of one another.

Reasons I loved it: 

1. Margo Roth Spiegelman is a criminal genius! I don’t necessarily agree with her ethics, but I must say that I wish I had thought of some of the pranks she pulled when I was in high school. The fact that she plans it in full detail beforehand is what makes it so genius.
2. The idea of “paper towns” is a big part of this book. I had never given much thought to what that might mean until about halfway through the book. The way Margo describes Orlando as a “paper town” made me really think about what it all meant and how there are “paper towns” and “paper people” all around us.

“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”   

3. The friendship between Quentin, Ben, and Radar is a realistic friendship that you don’t see very often in books. The way they mess with each other and talk to each other is how I talk to my friends.

“Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds,” I added. Radar tapped a locker twice with his fist to show his approval, and then came back with another, “Ben, getting you a date to prom is so hard that the American government believes the problem cannot be solved with diplomacy, but will instead require force.” 

4. There is a pretty epic road trip involved.