Paper Towns

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A week supposedly allotted to my study for an exam I have to take and give my best shot to in three days, ends up being through reading John Green’s best piece ever written yet.

Paper Towns is so poignant that it leaves its readers literally breathless. Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin “Q” Jacobsen being childhood friends, give the readers inexplicable pleasure in Q and company’s perpetual journey in search for Margo.

Here’s why, a couple of quotes lifted from the book explains it all:
  • “I think maybe the reason I have spent most of my life being afraid is that I have been trying to prepare myself, to train my body for the real fear when it comes. But I am not prepared.”
  • “Why hadn’t she left me a specific place? All these scary-as-hell clues. All this intimation of tragedy. But no place. Nothing to hold on to. Like trying to climb a mountain of gravel.”
  • “The poem is about our connectedness—each of us sharing the same root system like leaves of grass.”
  • “All day long, it was hard not to walk around, thinking about the lastness of it all.”
  • “The town was a paper, but the memories were not.”
  • “I leave, and the leaving is so exhilarating I know I can never go back. But then what? Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey?”
  • “The longer you wait, the better it feels.”
  • “In the end, it reveals a lot more about the person doing the imagining than it does about the person being imagined.”
  • “I left the only way you can leave. You pull your life off all at once—like a Band-Aid. And then you get to be you and Lace gets to be Lace and everybody gets to be everybody and I get to be me.”
  • “It’s like cracks inside of you. Like there are these fault lines where things don’t meet up right.”
  • “My heart has been fluttering around my chest for so long now that this variety of intoxications almost seems sustainable—but only almost.”
  • “Forever is composed of nows.”
There’s not much to tell because it is so much better to see for oneself. It’s just a five-starred book that is quite overpowering even before reaching 300+ pages.

It is said to be adapted in a movie, I guess we’ll just see through it. But this is definitely a must-read!