Paper Towns by John Green
When Quentin was in grade school, he and his next-door neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman come across a dead body in the park near their houses. That was one of the last times he actually hung out with Margo. He became a huge dork, basically a band geek that couldn’t play an instrument, and Margo became, well, Margo. Roth. Spiegelman. The be all and end all of high school girls. Also a bit of an adventure junkie. Suddenly, just weeks before the end of their senior year, Margo shows up at Quentin’s window and his life will never be the same again.
Seriously, why oh why did I wait so long to actually read anything John Green?
The story was super entertaining, if not entirely plausible. The characters were lots of fun, although I sort of wanted to smack Quentin’s friend Ben for repeatedly referring to women as ‘honey bunnies.’ Amazingly, Quentin’s parents didn’t even suffer from disappearing/evil/overly clueless parent syndrome so prevalent in young adult fiction – although there was one point where I was surprised that nobody’s parents had tried to call them.
And then there’s the audio component. The narrator was really great, he did a good job with using different enough voices that I could tell them apart but not so different that he was trying too hard. The only thing that really bothered me was that at the end of each disc there was a little message to put in the next disc and the beginning of each disc replayed the last couple sentences from the previous disc. Super obnoxious when you’re listening on your iPod.
So, again, overall, love! I will be reading me some more John Green, and I’d highly recommend this for a fun read.