"It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined."
The third young adult novel of the celebrated novelist, John Green, entitled Paper Towns featured a reincarnation of Alaska, only her name’s now Margo. On this book, John Green gave us the privilege to finally find Alaska. Alaska.. as the adventurous Margo.
A couple of weeks prior to their high school graduation, Quentin Jacobsen’s life spun in the weirdest way, his childhood best friend, Margo Roth Spiegelman, resurfaces in his life and invited him on one of her “once-in-a-lifetime” journeys to wreak havoc to the people she has been hurt by. Quentin loved Margo from the very start, so there, he didn’t have a choice, he picked the key, and went out with Margo. As they’re going on their journey, Margo says that she’s tired of being in Orlando, also what she calls a Paper Town. After the epic journey, Quentin slept for barely an hour and went to school confused and hung over. Margo, now a full-blown puzzle.
In a nutshell, the book’s title should be Looking For Margo. The book embraced the theme of it’s predecessor, Looking For Alaska, it, too gave emphasis in the cracking up of the mystery called: The Human Person. Once again, Green took us on a journey of discovery and reflection. He expound on the famous cliche of the generation, that no matter how cheerful and content a person is on the outside, we can never be sure that her inner ambiance shouts the same way too.
I guess, Mr. Green addressed one of the very common issue of the teenage population: the problem on self expression, teenagers nowadays spend majority of their time trying to fit in, hanging out with the cool and in crowd, in the same manner, putting aside their personality and self preference for the sake of pleasing the parents, the current friends and merely measuring up on other people’s standards. Mr. Green allowed us to use the all seeing eye and see the effect of wrapping yourself up into a goody two-shoed pawn.
I loved the book. When I saw it on the reserved section, I purchased it first thing. Yes, it’s true that Paper Towns has an obvious congruence with Looking For Alaska and Mr. Green’s other books, but at the end of the day, we really don’t have to care, cause, once again, Mr. Green gave us a compelling account of our teen age lives, a life changing journey towards self development and the never ending appreciation that every person is born different, a circle, but as we grow up, we change in form, maybe because of peer pressure and the like. From a circle to a million-sided persona that needs to be cracked and be fully appreciated.
I enjoyed The Vessel part, was tachycardic till the very last page.