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Just Finished: Paper Towns by John Green

Photo Credit: The Book Smugglers

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Coming of age

Publisher: SPEAK by Penguin Group
Publication year: 2008
Paperback: 305 pages

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. (Goodreads)

Stand alone or series: Stand alone

How did I get this book: Bought (as US paperback edition through The Book Depository)

Why did I read this book: One of my favourite youtubers, Natalie Tran (a.k.a. Communitychannel) mentioned this book in one of her videos. She was so excited to be gifted this book, it made me curious enough to read it.

My Thoughts:

This book is an easy, fast paced read. It’s a page-turner, draws you in, and you’ll hesitate to put it down. However, as soon as I finished, I was left feeling empty and unsatisfied.  Although it was well-written and quick to read, I felt like I gained nothing from it. I had not made an emotional connection with any of the characters, and when the characters were frustrated, so was I.

In the book’s defence – I didn’t realise this was a mystery novel, and I’m not really a fan of the mystery genre.

I don’t regret picking up this book, it was enjoyable while I was reading it, but it’s not one I would re-read.

Others Ratings: 

The Book Smugglers: 8 out of 10
Goodreads: 4.1 out of 5

My rating:

6 – Good, recommend with reservations

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