Paper Towns by John Green | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’ll be reviewing a book I massively enjoyed reading: Paper Towns by John Green. Unbelievably, it’s the first John Green novel that I’ve ever read, and, it sure won’t be the last – I’ve had a taster for his writing style, fallen in love and now want to read all of his books!

There are two significant characters, one who is narrating and another who, for a large chunk of the story, is an idea, only talked about, admired.

Quentin believes everyone gets a miracle, and that his was Margo Roth Spiegelman. When she moved in next door, they became good friends. But, they grew apart and now, in their last year of high school, they barely talk. That’s until, one night, Margo climbs through Q’s bedroom window and summons him on an adventure. The next day, at school, Q hopes things will be different, that he and Margo can be good friends once again. But Margo isn’t at school the next day, or the next, or the next. She’s disappeared and left a set of clues behind for Q to follow.

It is a tale of love and adventure.

The story is set mainly in the American state, Orlando. It is mentioned quite a bit at the start of the book, but does not play a part in the forward movement of the story. Towards the end of the book, a non-existent location becomes important and gives the book its name.

What I liked about this story were all the interesting, realistic characters and the pace; the story was driven by the set of clues and there wasn’t a dull moment. I also enjoyed the humor in this book; it’s the perfect summer read!

I honestly cannot think of one thing I didn’t like about this book!

Paper Towns has been made into a film, which I recently watched and enjoyed, however, it doesn’t do the book justice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Have you read Paper Towns? If so, what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it as much as me? I’d love to know, so let me know in the comment section!

Lucy x

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Fire Colour One By Jenny Valentine | Book Review

Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing another book that is on the Carnegie shortlist – Fire Colour One.

Iris has been torn from her only friend and dragged back to England, where she’s forced to meet her dying billionaire father. Why? Because Iris’ mother, Hannah, wants everything of Ernest’s. But he figured this long ago. His revenge has taken years to plot, and only when he’s gone, will it swing into action…

The story is told in first person by Iris, a sixteen year old, obsessed with fire and neglected by her mother. Iris is a unique and interesting character, but I didn’t feel she was very lifelike because she isn’t developed as well as characters in other books such as Shelby in There Will Be Lies (review HERE).

It is a tale of love, greed and revenge.

What I liked about this story was the plot; although it starts off slow and not much exciting is happening in the present of the book, stories told within the story and flashbacks keep it interesting. Towards the end is where things really start to get exciting; the feeling that revenge is to come, and then the reveal of the genius plan.

What I didn’t like so much about this book was how most of the characters seemed slightly two-dimensional; I feel that more description was needed in order to fully develop them.

However, I still think that Fire Colour One is worth the read and I would reccomend it to readers aged 12 and up, both boys and girls.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Have you read Fire Colour One? If so, what did you think?

Lucy x

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