Paper Towns

Paper Towns - John Green

This book reminded me of Thirteen Reasons Why - in part because of the plot, but mostly because of the feel. This is a book about uncovering the real person beneath the facade. Once again we have the story of a boy following the clues left by an absent girl, but unlike 13 Reasons this girl is larger than life and the center of the high school's galaxy. Q has a lot of ideas about Margo, and in many ways he idealizes her, but when it comes down to it he finds she isn't what he expects. And maybe he isn't either. Or anyone for that matter. There are a lot of references to Whitman's Leaves of Grass that I appreciated, and I also enjoyed how well Green captured what it feels like to be on the verge of exiting high school. I'm curious to read more of his work.