I just finished reading Paper Towns by John Green! Though it took me a while to get through, I ended up really really enjoying it. Part of the reason I struggled to get through it is because it starts a little slow, gets really interesting, then slows down for most of the book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the middle portion, though I did enjoy it when I just sat down and read. I think part of what make it a bit of a harder read for me was that I’m used to being sucked into John Green novels, and I usually finish them in a day. This novel was different. It felt like a less-hot-version of Looking For Alaska in the middle, which I struggled to get through. All in all, however, I enjoyed the read, and I’m super excited for the movie to come out.
Most people adore John Green, and that’s probably because he’s easy to read, but says some of the most profound things that are fundamental parts of life. I think he also treat teenagers’ problems like they’re actually serious, which I appreciate. He really taps into what being in love or just being a teenager feels like.
This book was super interesting, and gave me a lot to think about in terms of perceptions. High school is kind of based on perception: how do we see others? How they see us? Is any of it accurate to who we are? It can be really hard to decipher what it fact or fiction in high school, especially because most people just want to be liked. If you’re looking for an interesting read this summer, something light and intriguing, I’d suggest Paper Towns or another John Green novel (though The Fault In Our Stars is pretty heavy).
My favorite quote from the book is above. Seriously, so accurate!
What are you reading?