Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Collaboreads: September

John Green, Paper Towns

I first learned about #Collaboreads from Kristin's blog and the bookworm in me rejoiced.
Finding new books to read is a never-ending quest for me so this link up is pure gold.  Here is the criteria:

A theme for the month is chosen
Pick your book
Read.  You get a whole month!
Review your book and link up with Amber and Rachel

September's book theme was "back to school" and I chose paper Towns by John Green.  Though it was more like "end of school" so I hope that's ok! 

The Goodreads synopsis:
Who is the real Margo?

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 couldn't put down this book!  I had to know what became of Margot, I was physically scared for her and questioned if she was depressed or had a chemical imbalance.  It made me feel so sad for her because she came from a two parent family, lived in a nice house and neighborhood and had peer influence, but felt so alone.  I was raised by a single mom and never had any of the issues Margot had and just can't even imagine doing any of the things she did in this book.  I know this is a work of fiction, but there are young girls out there who do lead lives like this and it makes me ache; be it from being a Girl mom or just being a girl in general.


I had a hard time associating this book with another but then it finally dawned on me: Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You; different content but great character development, witty and entertaining.

I liked the pre-movie book cover more, but I always do, anyone else like that?  But I will say it was genius to obscure Margot's face with her hair because that totally plays up the theme of "Who is the real Margot?" 

4 out of 5
After racing through the book to get to the end and feel a little disappointed, I was reminded by Green himself that "it was not the destination that matters, but the journey."  So, it is definitely worth reading!

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  1. Okay, I am thankful you reviewed this and loved it... Mostly because I couldn't get through the book. I don't know why, in fact, I want to try again, but have just always shied away from it because I didn't love it the first time around! I got half way through and set the book down!

    I loved TFIOS (I know this is SO different) and have Looking for Alaska sooooo maybe I should try that and THEN go back to Paper Towns?

  2. This is on my To Read list!!! Now I just have to find the time!!

  3. I've been curious about this one. I put it in my Amazon cart and then I take it out. I just can't decide if I want to read it or not. Thanks for the review!

  4. John Green is so good!! I want to read this one even more now!

  5. Since I'm expecting this book any day now from you, I'm going to skip reading this post but once I finish the book, I'll come back and give you my thoughts.

  6. I have a love/hate relationship with John Green! I've read a few of his books before and even though they are all different, they just read so similarly to each other. I've been wanting to read this one for a long time, though!


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