Paper Towns by John Green is both funny and sad. This is the funniest work of John Green yet. As always in the John Green novel, the characters are really intelligent. At time, it feels as if every character in the novel is John Green. And also, it feels like John Green is talking to John Green. And no one other than John Green talk like that. These dialogues are in no way normal. So does that make Paper Towns by John Green a bad novel? No, this is one of my favorite novels till date. But I need to confess something first.
Last night, I was dreaming the end of the novel where the two lead characters kiss each other. I mean they were digging the grave for their imaginary characters and everything. Q and Margo are bidding their byes. And then they kiss each other. But in this whole process, I did not picture Q and Margo. I pictured John Green and John Green from vlogbrothers. I pictured John Green kissing John Green. And I know that is weird. But is that only me? Anyway, that’s when I realized how the thought of every character talks like John Green get the better of me.
But anyway, dreams can be silly. And I reread this whole novel today for this exact review. I gave each characters an appearance first before delving into the novel. And it helped. It really helped me to enjoy the flavor of the novel. This novel is really great. And I will tell you why Paper Towns by John Green is great.
It has a great concept at its core. Can a person truly understand another person without totally transforming into that person? I mean just like I pictured Margo Roth Spiegelman as John Green, every one would have a different picture of Margo Roth Spiegelman. And in the end we would not know who the real Margo is? Who is the real Margo? That is the core of the story. And this is one philosophy heavy novel. And it is really easy to understand what the author is trying to say.
And characters with this much intellect, they sure as hell know how to have fun. Though certain things in the novel feel alien to an Indian reader, he/she can understand what is going on through the character’s thoughts.
This John Green novel is a must read. If you want to read a novel which makes you want to laugh, cry, criticize and love, my strong recommendation will be Paper Towns by John Green. I’m giving it a 5/5 and worth multiple re-reads. Every time you read this novel, you will learn something new. An outstanding novel overall.