Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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Paper Towns by John Green is an amazing audiobook narrated by Dan John Miller. Listeners will be lured into this mysterious book with ease. It is brimming with well-developed characters, connections to contemplate and a storyteller that mesmerizes.

Review: Paper Towns by John GreenTitle: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Also by this author: An Abundance of Katherines
Narrator: Dan John Miller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: October 16, 2008
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew. 

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Audiobook Review: Paper Towns by JOhn Green

❀ Eclectic Cast of Characters

The carefully crafted characters in Paper Towns, albeit the typical characters found in Green’s novels, are both relatable and believable. The protagonist, Quentin (Q), is your average geek who becomes completely obsessed in finding his childhood friend/love interest who has disappeared. With the help of his friends, an eclectic cast of characters, and the trail of clues left by the elusive Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q transforms into a selfless hero.

❀ Lots of Themes and Metaphors

While listening to this well written narrative, there are so many connections that can be made. John Green has created quite a few metaphors and well chosen symbols used to represent the underlying themes of this story. Throughout this book, listeners will speculate how they perceive others and the meaning of friendship. There are also references to Whitman’s Song of Myself and Moby Dick by Herman Melville, which tie into this book so perfectly.

❀ Phenomenal Narration

Dan John Miller has phenomenally narrated John Green’s Paper Towns. His impressive vocal characterizations make this story enjoyable to listen to. Q’s friend, Radar, is my favourite of Miller’s vocal characterizations as his southern drawl adds to the character’s charisma. There are so many laugh out loud moments that are performed so well in this audio version.

❀ An Amazing Audiobook

Paper Towns by John Green is an amazing audiobook that really delivers with its amazing characters, connections and narration. One of my favourite books to listen to this year!

Playlist: Paper Towns by John Green

About John Green

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John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for AlaskaAn Abundance of KatherinesPaper TownsWill Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers  and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse.


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3 thoughts on “Review: Paper Towns by John Green

  1. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover says:

    I haven’t read Paper Towns, but I love all of those songs that you included in your mini soundtrack.

    Thanks again for participating! It means so much to me. 🙂

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