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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Paper Towns (Teen)

Released October 2008 (Paperback release 9/09)

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

During childhood, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen and his friend Margo Roth Spiegelman discovered the body of a man sitting against a tree. Q's parents, both therapists, raised a pretty level-headed kid. For Margo, this event shaped her life. At that young age, she took it upon her self to unravel why this man had to die. Even after police declare it a suicide, she still goes around investigating.

Years later, Margo and Q, seniors in high school, have gone their separate ways. Margo's the popular one and Q gets by. The last thing he expects is to have Margo climb in his bedroom window asking for help. Her boyfriend is cheating on her and Margo needs a driver while she exacts her revenge.

The next morning, Margo disappears. Q discovers a clue she left for him and decides it is his turn to unravel the clues and discover exactly where Margo has gone and why.

PAPER TOWNS is a powerful read. It's easy to get drawn into Q's life, especially as the events of Senior prom and graduation mixed with Margo's disappearance force Q to make choices he'd never dreamed of making. I'd never heard of "paper towns," so I learned a bit in the process, yet never felt the true details of these forgotten parcels overshadowed the story.

This is a book that both teen and parent will enjoy together. I spent a bit of time snickering at scenes. All in all, it's a fun read that does get you thinking.

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