So this is the second John Green novel to be made into a movie, it’s also the second John Green novel I ever read. I LOVED The Fault in our Stars. I did not like this one though.
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
I had some serious issues with this book and I feel like I should address them first. Most of all, I DID NOT like Margo. I didn’t like her in the beginning of the book and I liked her even less by the end of it. I found her very unbelievable and self-centred and annoying. Other issues are that it felt as though this book was telling me that there is nothing more important than being popular in school, which is simply not true. I was never the popular kid, I had my group of friend and I loved them because they were real friends. I don’t believe that this was John Green’s idea but it was what I felt while reading it and it ruined the book for me.
So why did I still give it three stars? I liked the search with the clues and the music and the poetry, I liked the descriptions of the buildings and the paper towns, I liked the road trip. It was funny at some points and it did entertain me. And deep down, there’s a part of me that appreciated the idea of how you can live next to someone your entire life and still not actually know them, even though you think you do.
I really wanted to like this book because I like John Green but now that I read this, I’m not sure if I want to read his other books. I’m also not sure if I want to see the movie.
I know I’m being terribly negative but I was so disappointed. Maybe I would have liked it better if I read it a couple of years ago (although I’m pretty sure I would still have disliked Margo), I don’t know guys…
I know a lot of people really liked this book, but am I really the only one who wasn’t convinced?
If you didn’t like this one either, were there other John Green books you liked better?
Just to make sure, I did not write this review to offend anyone. I believe in sharing my own opinion and I want to keep this blog as real as possible.