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Paper Towns by John Green
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Sep 15, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: youngadultfiction
Recommended to Judith by: The publisher
Read in September, 2008 , read count: 1

I am liking every John Green book better than the last. I wasn't a huge fan of "Looking for Alaska" (I couldn't bring myself to care much for those over-privileged private school brats), I really liked "An Abundance of Katherines", and I loved "Paper Towns". I do very much like Green's exploration of adolescent friendship and romance, especially romance from afar.

This one is particularly interesting--and subtle--about high school cliques, image, and whether or not its possible to ever really know another person. (Especially at 17 when you haven't actually spoken to them much since you were 10.) I did feel at certain points that Green was getting close to wearing out his welcome as far as the central mystery of the book went--but he took it off into another direction altogether in the final section of the book, which really worked for me.

These were characters I really loved--with the possible exception of Margo, the elusive heart of the book's mystery. I am still not sure I got a good handle on her character--but then. I think that's essentially what Green was trying to achieve.

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Michael You do realize that the characters in "Looking for Alaska" aren't privileged at all? The only thing the Colonel has is the fact that he's a genius, but he's really poor. Just saying this because I loved "Alaska"...

Jessica Michael's right. The Colonel, Alaska, Takumi and Pudge never liked the upper class privileged kids who went to their school and wanted nothing to do with them. They only conversed with them when necessary.

Kaitlyn SO true. Just because they go to a private school does not mean they're "over-privileged." For one thing, the school dorms don't have AC - in freakin' ALABAMA.

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