This Friday I'm highlighting:
Paper Towns by John Green
As anyone who reads my blog regularly knows, a thing I really struggle with is finding good books for boys. After reading Paper Towns, my second book by John Green I realized he is a GREAT author for boys! Ok, not for my 7th grade boys, but even better, for older boys, probably the group that's the hardest to find books for. Why is he a good author for boys?
1. His narrators are boys so boys can relate
2. His characters aren't always the ultra smooth have-it-all-together boys. They are real!
3. They like guy things
4. They show that guys think and care and feel way more than we believe sometimes!
5. They can help guys grown and learn about the world
If you have never read a book by John Green before I suggest you do! Now!
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
Ok I'm going to get this a bit brief because I'm afraid I'll give things away if I say too much! I really liked this book. Right from the beginning when Margo climbed in Quentin's window, I was hooked. I had to know more about these characters. I will tell you, I didn't always like Margo. She seems selfish at points, but I think I needed to think that, so I felt some of the conflict that Quentin felt. And at times he frustrated me as well! But what made this book amazing was to watch the changes take place in Quentin as he searches for Margo. He learns so many things about life and people - things we all need to learn. And on a personal note, I really liked that what helped him gain these understanding was the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman, one of my favorite poets! (I named my dog after him!) Through the lines of this poem, Quientin learns how to truly look at the people around him. It's very clear he hasn't been doing that. And it held up a mirror to how I live my own life.
As Quentin and his friends set out in search of Margo, I felt his urgancy and his need to find her. So when the final scenes play out, I felt all he did as well. It was a roller coaster ride, but one I'm glad I took.
Final thoughts: Boys can relate to Quienten, and we can all relate to what he learns.
Best stick with you image: The fish exploding in the car.
Best for ages: 15+ at least due to mature language and scenes.