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John Green – Paper Towns | Review

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 312

Rating: 3/5

 

John Green - Paper Towns

John Green – Paper Towns

 

The first thing to say about this is that you can definitely tell it’s a John Green novel. I’ve heard critics of his who say he can’t write, but whether that’s true or not, he does at least have a distinctive voice that makes sure that you know whose book you’re reading.

I wasn’t much of a fan of Paper Towns, mainly because I really didn’t like Margo, but I also thought that the plot was a little weak. I’ve read four of Green’s books now and this is my least favourite of the lot of them, but it’s still not so bad that it’s unreadable. I guess I can also see why other people like it, because I think that parts that I disliked are the same parts that other people do like.

For me, though, this read more like a YouTuber’s novel than like a writer’s novel, which is a shame because I think he’s got better at it as time has gone by. None of the characters are particularly likeable or even believable, and it also feels more “YA” than most YA novels. It’s almost formulaic, and I can’t say that I was surprised by any of it.

But still, I kept on reading, and I guess that’s all you can ask for in a book like this. I certainly don’t regret reading it because now I can tick it off the list, but I also doubt I’ll be re-reading it any time soon. I think the only two John Green books that I have left are Will Grayson Will Grayson and the story he has in Let it Snow, and after reading this, I’m in no particular rush to read them. But I’m also a completionist, so there’s that.

 

John Green

John Green

 

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John Green – Turtles All the Way Down | Review

Title: Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 288

Rating: 4*/5

 

John Green - Turtles All the Way Down

John Green – Turtles All the Way Down

 

To a certain extent, I already knew what I was getting into here. John Green’s writing feels a little more mature to me now, and that’s a good thing, but if you’ve read one of his books before then you’ll instantly slide back into his writing style. The characters are much the same as his characters usually are, too.

But we do get the anxiety and OCD representation from Aza which I found relatable, for the most part, although a lot of the things that she did annoyed me. But then that happens with most of his characters. I’m a little too old to fit the target market, but I do still think he’s a pretty good writer. He did a great job here of showing what it’s like to have intrusive thoughts, but I would have liked to have seen a little more of the murder mystery. Just like pretty much everyone else I’ve talked to.

On the whole, the dialogue and the narrative itself are pretty well handled here, and there are some great one-liners and intriguing ideas about life, the universe and everything. On the other hand, at one point he wrote “she said, askingly” and it made me want to vomit. I’m not sold on that even being a word but if it is, it’s a bad one. He could have just said “she asked”.

All in all though, this was a pretty good read. Overhyped perhaps, but that was always going to be the case. It’s certainly not a bad book, and I was impressed. I enjoyed it.

 

John Green

John Green

 

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