Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

I rushed to the Greenbelt branch of Fully Booked to get myself some new books. I spent more than an hour inside the bookstore and ended up going home with four books, one of which is John Green’s Paper Towns. It caught my attention when a young lady grabbed The Fault In Our Stars, also written by John Green. But since there was an unwrapped Paper Towns on the shelf, I decided to check it out. The cover brags that the author and the book won some awards which I heard for the first time. It was my first time to read a John Green book, but after finishing Paper Towns, I asked myself what took me so long to discover such a brilliant author.

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A review on the cover says that it’s profoundly moving, so I was expecting I’d need a box of Kleenex while reading it. But Paper Towns is the funniest book I’ve ever read. It’s simply HILARIOUS! For many times, my husband found me chuckling while reading it. Oh, I just love Ben and Radar! I didn’t have the slightest idea that it’s also a mystery novel, so every page turns out to be a surprise for me. John Green gave me a book which somehow put FRIENDS, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory and a hint of Dawson’s Creek into writing.

I couldn’t help but relate to the friendship of Q, Ben and Radar. Though surrounded by mischief, craziness and laughter, its very strong foundation will definitely be the envy of many.

Reading the book is a roller coaster ride. Green made me laugh on one page, then I'd find myself either sad or in deep thought on succeeding pages. I like it how he describes how some people look at the object of their affection as someone divine and perfect when as a matter of fact, they are real people too.

I know that deep inside, some readers want it to end according to how a usual love story ends. He didn’t give the stereotypical and idealistic ending, which I absolutely love. The ending leaves some space for the readers to contemplate about how the relationship of Q and Margo ended up. So if you’re already intrigued, go to the nearest bookstore and grab yourself a copy of Paper Towns. I can guarantee that you’ll love it! :)

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