Paper Towns

 

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

 

To be honest, at first, this book bored me. I thought that it’s just like the other John Green books with the same elements – an adorable, lovable, a bit awkward boy, a best friend and a mysterious yet endlessly fascinating girl who will change the main character’s world. At the beginning of the book, it was just that. Margo and Q’s adventure didn’t really excite me.

My interest began with the search for Margo. However, I did not have the interest to absorb every page and every word. What I wanted was to get to the end and to find answers.

When Q found Margo and they found the talk, that’s when I discovered the beauty of this book – I saw what was worth the five stars I am giving this book. I found out that there is a piece of Margo in me yet at the same time, a piece of Q too. I understand Margo – I felt like that so many times. I wanted to leave and never come back. Leave no trail. Just leave everything behind. I don’t know if it’s fortunate or unfortunate that I do not have the courage to do so just yet. I still believe in the future, just as Q does.

I am a paper girl.

This book also proved that pure love doesn’t mean two people should end up together. That two people can love each other and take separate paths.

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have always wanted to read An Abundance of Katherines, and now I have and I am quite disappointed. It may be because I have great expectations for this book after reading Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska.

I can’t help but notice that John Green is sort of ‘recycling’ characters and elements. The personality of his characters are almost the same, I do not see something unique. He just changes the name and gives the character something. Say for instance, Colin likes to anagram while Pudge likes last words. But then, John Green’s characters are relatable. You can see yourself with them. You can feel their struggle. The characters feel real.

I love the build-up of the story, though. The story flows smoothly and is very relaxing. Some things are predictable and some are not – like Katherine XIX.

But I did not like the ending. I feel like there is something missing. I did not get the satisfaction that I want. I feel like it’s not yet the end but it was.

Overall, An Abundance of Katherine is a good read. Not great though. It is a good book when you want to relax. But if you want a book that will make your heart beat faster and bring you to a new level of emotion, this is not it.