Monday, June 21, 2010

Reading Rain-bow: Paper Towns by John Green

So, you may have noticed that we are posting a bit sporadically here at Whimsical Fic. Sorry about that, but we do have good excuses. Mine is about 6 months old and is very demanding when it comes to her mama. (And I couldn't be happier about it!) Leigh is off on a fun-filled family vacation (and they haven't killed the kids yet, so all is going well). So, thanks for bearing with us during this crazy time! We'll be back on track shortly.

While on my trip, I read the final installment of the Percy Jackson series (LOVED it) and Paper Towns by John Green. (I would have read more, but I blame the awesome entertainment selections on Emirates airlines - I was finally able to watch Glee! Well, that and the complimentary drinks. *ahem*)

I picked up Paper Towns based on a recommendation by @heatherwpetty on our Kissing Scenes post. In the comments she mentioned it had a good one, so of course I had to read. The kissing scene was great, but so was the rest of the book- bonus!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

I was a little hesitant about getting this book because it isn't my usual type of YA book. As you all know, I generally stay within the paranormal when it comes to YA, but I am happy I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one.

This book is basically an intensive character-study paired with a coming-of-age theme. I loved it. I do have a soft-spot for coming-of-age books, and this one nailed that theme. Surpassed it, really, because Green's characters surprised me numerous times throughout the book. And the characters are really wonderful. I'm pretty sure my favorite character is Radar. His eccentric parents made me laugh out loud (even though they don't actually show up much, or at all?, in the book).

This is a great book for summer reading. It's funny (in unexpected ways) and interesting and will keep you guessing for sure. I definitely recommend it.


  1. Once again, Welcome Back!! Sporadic is good--it's summer-everything's a little off during the summer!

    I have to say I'm a sucker for good covers-and this is a good cover. It would make me want to pick it up for sure. And, the story sounds interesting too. More to add to the list! :)

  2. I love your review. I've heard so much about the book but I've never picked it up.

    Quirky, coming of age stories are a category I dearly love. If you like those be sure to pick up How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford. And of course, Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. I could spend time chatting with the MC all day. Over a mocha. In my daydreams, of course.


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