Paper Towns by John Green

Today’s book review comes from Louise.

Paper Towns

‘Paper Towns’ – by John Green

Rating: 5/5

Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were thrown together by a freak discovery when they were younger; this event led Quentin to fall in love with Margo, but as they drifted apart he was forced to watch on longingly as she grew up and moved on without him. Until suddenly, she requires his assistance on her campaign of revenge, and the following few hours rekindle their special bond. But when Quentin returns to school the next day, bleary-eyed and thought-filled, Margo does not, and he is led on a long search to try and find her before it is too late.

This book, as are the others by John Green, is incredibly clever and unpredictable, with excitement at every twist and turn. Yet despite the hundreds of questions with no real answers, and the true depth in its messages, it still managed to pull on my heart strings until I became the love-sick Quentin Jacobsen. The novel is the perfect balance between meaningful and witty, scary and sweet, and it is this roller-coaster of teenage emotions that it explores that makes the book so special, as well as the growing tension and mystery through-out the novel. Whilst Green writes in a conversational and literal manner that is sometimes hard to follow, the truth is that I fell in love with this book, and I couldn’t recommend it more.’

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Today I would like to welcome another young book reviewer to the blog, I hope you enjoy these as much as me. Thank you Louise for this review.

An Abundance of Katherines

‘‘An Abundance of Katherines’ – by John Green

Rating: 4/5

Colin Singleton is, coincidentally, rather unlucky with relationships. Having been dumped by a total 19 girls, all with the name of Katherine, it’s no surprise that this former child prodigy is feeling somewhat… rejected. However, with the endless possibilities of a summer road trip stretching ahead of him and his over-indulged best friend, can Colin finally move on from his dire attempts at love with the help of Satan’s Hearse, ‘Gutshot’ and a certain wide-eyed girl who doesn’t go by the name of Katherine?

My favourite aspect of this book has to be the characters. All were relatable, and most were loveable  and as each overcame their own challenges and developed as people, we are provided with the frequent and inspiring morals of the story. I found this book to be such an uplifting read and, being about teenagers, I found the characters to be very similar to my own friends, and even to myself at some points!

Whilst it adds depth to the novel, there are references to mathematics throughout, with graphs drawn in to show the emotional development of poor Colin as he struggles to solve The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. However, the ever thoughtful John Green adds most of the mathematics into an ‘appendix’ at the end, so it isn’t a fundamental part of the novel; I couldn’t even look at Colin’s final equation!

I would therefore recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking but equally heart-warming read; it was so sweet that I finished it in less than 24 hours!’

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