Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paper Towns, or Chasing Margo Roth Spiegelman

The subject of this book is about perceptions.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I often imagine how things or people should be or will be, as opposed to how they really are. I can't count the number of times I have imagined a scenario and plotted it out over and over again in my head. The times I planned a date with a girl and I perfectly visioned where we would go, how our conversations would go, how smooth I would be- only to have it actually turn out to be  completely different from anything I remotely imagined. The same thing seems to happen anytime, from meeting up with friends, or how things will go at work, I just wind up imagining how I envision they should or will be.

These perceptions are at the core of the book "Paper Towns" by John Green. I was riveted by this story and related so well to the main character, Quentin. He has been head over heels for this girl next door, Margo Roth Spiegelman. This crush has been going on since they were children, but now in their senior year of high school he is finding that who he thinks and knows of Margo isn't exactly the same as who Margo may really be. Quentin is learning that imagining a person isn't the same as learning who the real person is.

Paper Towns was quite funny and thoughtful. It's a story of the last days of high school, lusting after love, and with a really great road trip. John Green writes intriguing characters and stories that really capture your interest. I recommend this highly.


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