‘Paper Towns’ crumples at the end


Sarah Villarreal, Staff Writer

The book, Paper Towns, was suggested for me to read by some of my friends and they kept saying I would love it and yada yada yada. Finally, I just decided that I might as well read it, or they’ll never leave me alone.

When I started reading the book, some of my friends would comment, saying things like, “Yesss! Finally!” whereas, my other friends would say, “You are gonna be so disappointed with the ending.”

While I was reading I decided that I loved this book, until I got to the very end. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Green as much as the next girl, and The Fault in our Stars is amazing, but the way he ended this book was not the best.

The book surrounds these two characters, Quentin and Margo, who are next-door neighbors. Quentin Jacobson, who is sometimes known as Q, is a shy, awkward and not really popular high school senior who’s in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman. He is also a sheltered, insecure, slightly boring guy with a little bit of an anxiety problem.

Margo is a confident, fearless, free-spirited girl, who is at the top of the social ladder — basically the exact opposite of Q.

The book starts off with Q and Margo finding a dead body when they’re about nine. After they find the body, they stop hanging out with each other until one night Margo knocks on Q’s bedroom window.

She ends up taking Q on an adventure full of revenge and danger and the whole night Margo is trying to help Q have fun and take a chance, which turns out to be extremely funny since Q is like a little deer walking for the first time. Margo disappears the next day, which has happened before, but Q feels like she is gone for good this time especially after the stuff she did.

Q then begins to look for the clues Margo leaves behind when she goes on one of her trips, and is determined to find her even if she might be dead, which he thinks she is. Q gets help from his friends, Radar and Ben who are on the same adventure scale as Quentin, the not-having-done-anything-ever level.

Q learns more about himself and more about Margo than what he thinks he knows about her through the little clues she leaves behind. Throughout the book you think that the book is about Quentin and him getting over his one million fears but then you realize that the book is about Margo.

The reason I think the book centers on Margo is because it focuses on her life behind closed doors and how she always felt that she needed to hide from her friends and her family.You’re basically getting to know Margo at the same time as Q.

Now we get to the end of the book. you’ve been slowly coming to love Q’s quirky habits or his weird friends and then we get to the last part of the third section and your brain kind of explodes in frustration with the characters and the author and yourself.

This whole book has been leading to this one moment, building and building, hoping to find out what happens with Q and Margo and then… you have to read to find out.