Review | Monday 16 February 2009
When Margo Roth Spiegelman, the über-cool and very beautiful queen of school and town, chose Quentin, her next-door neighbour to accompany her in one night of wild misdemeanor and witty revenge, he wondered how things would be changed between them at school next day. But Margo Roth Spiegelman never came back, leaving the only clues to her whereabouts in an old Bob Dylan poster and the poetry of Walt Whitman. Quentin and his friends search for her in paper towns and abandoned subdivisions, while Quentin tries to puzzle out who she is – this beautiful paper girl.
John Green has an ear for contemporary YA culture and the heart to affirm the myriad ways of living through it. An elusive story which invites close reading, though I also found it a compulsive holiday read.