A couple of weeks ago, my teen book club discussed Paper Towns and it was one of the best discussions we’ve had to date. One of the great things about Paper Towns is that Margo is a very complex character that causes readers to take a look at themselves and their friends.
Upon my initial read, one year ago, I didn’t like the ending but after hearing my teens discuss the book; I realized that the ending was appropriate. What we see is not always what’s there. Teens tend to romanticize the one they are infatuated with and Q is a PERFECT example. Through Q, we learn that it’s important to take off the blinders, stand back, and see people for who they are. We also learn Margo is extremely flawed and that it’s okay to be flawed.
If you are looking for a good book discussion for teens or adults, I highly recommend Paper Towns.
As a treat, we took our book club to see Night on the Towns, a pre-screening of Paper Towns with a live simulcast of an interview with John Green and the cast and a performance by Saint Motel. We also received a poster and a locket.
Movie Review: So I read this book a year ago and I don’t remember the fine details but I thought it stayed true to the book. I was just concerned they were going to turn the movie into a teen rom com where Q finds Margo and she goes back to Orlando and they live happily ever after. That was not the case and so in my defense, I thought the movie stayed true to the book. I wasn’t concerned about the small details.
My teens, however, had different opinions on this.
Overall, we had a great time. There were a couple of big cheer moments in the movie. I think the biggest cheer came during the live interview when John Green was introduced. As a librarian, to see teens cheer for an author is BREATHTAKING!
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