Paper Towns and Character Development

Hello Book Lovers,

Today I finished Paper Towns by John Green. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. First of all I really enjoyed this book, but I felt at times a struggle to turn the pages. John Green knows how to create great characters, interesting plots and some of his sentences I found quite beautiful. For me personally, I think this genre just isn’t my current cup of tea, but overall it was a pleasant read. This book follows Quentin Jacobsen, the boy who lives across the street from his secret love, Margo Roth Spiegelman. It is Quentin’s last year of high school and once childhood friends, Margo and Quentin only know the distances between them. It isn’t until one night Quentin is able to see a glimpse of the real Margo. This book has quite a few twists and turns and a great summer read.



Here are some spoilers from the book, so if you haven’t read it yet please skip this paragraph. One of the things that bothered me about this book was Margo’s parents. I found nothing in them pleasant, they appeared cold and heartless. They also didn’t have a reason to be heartless, other than loving money more than their children, but I feel like people are more complicated than that. The one thing I have learned about creating good characters is that even the evilest of characters need some compassion. You can’t have a character all evil or even all good. If you create an all evil character or all good character you run the risk of the reader disconnecting with that character. Humans are complex and so we desire complex characters. For example, in the book Margo’s mom said she changed the locks and did not appear concerned one ounce about where her daughter was. For me this was hard to believe, even someone that heartless could have a moment of compassion. You could have a mother that changes the locks, but you could also add a few missed calls from her mother on the main character’s cell. What ever it might be make sure these images are concrete, this is so the reader knows why this character acts the way he or she does.

My next read, Legend by Marie Lu. I am currently in the mood for a good dystopian read, I’m excited to start as soon as possible.


Lastly, I am still reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I’m still really enjoying this book and pleased that I have finally had the chance to find time to read it.


Until Next Time,



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