Can I be honest? I didn’t really want to read Paper Towns for this month’s installment of Between the Lines. I mean the movie just came out and the previews didn’t look that intriguing. But I was wrong. Once I got into the book, I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. Without further ado, here are the questions for this month’s book.

Between the Lines: Paper Towns by John Green #BookClub

1. Why do you think Margo picks Q as her accomplice on her campaign of revenge?
When they are in Agloe, New York, Margo reveals that Quentin had always been a super hero of sorts to her due to her fantasy of a save-the-day Q in her childhood story. She picked Q because she “like that idea of maybe being able to create in [Q] at least an echo of the kick-ass hero of [her] little-kid story” (p. 292). And Q end up being exactly that.

2. Do you think Margo wants to be found? Do you think Margo wants to be found by Q?
I think it’s a little of both. Margo says specifically that she didn’t want to be found, but I think everything in her wanted to be found. She left the clues even though she tried covering them up. I think she very much was ready to leave everything behind – the people, the places – but the night she pulled her pranks she realized that everyone is not two-dimensional as she once thought and it changed her perspective. She admits to waiting in Osprey for two nights with the hope Q would find the clues quickly and find her, but then once she left Orlando she didn’t want to be found by anyone including Q.

3.Why do you think Q makes the decision he does at the end of the book? Do you agree with his decision to turn down Margo’s invitation?
I definitely agree with Q’s decision. He finally realized that what he wants for a future – college, job, marriage and kids – is not necessarily what Margo considers important. He believes in the future, and Margo believes “forever is composed of nows”. If they remained together, they would eventually move apart because their desires of the future is not the same.

4.  Do you think that Margo meant to give her friends a false impression of her true self?
Everyone hides a part of themselves whether it is intentional or not. Margo admits that she cultivated the impression of a “paper girl” because everyone loves the idea of that. She admits that it’s kind great to be that idea that everyone likes, but she admits that she could never be herself. She left for Agloe so she could become her impression of real – or her true self for maybe the first time in her life.

Have you read Paper Towns? What were your thoughts?

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Chits and Giggles
  • I have had it on my list for awhile to read now but haven’t gave it a chance yet. I have heard lots of good things about it though so I need to get on reading it!

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  • I really enjoyed it. It didn’t turn out exactly as I thought it would, but it didn’t disappoint. What are you currently reading?

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  • I was just so underwhelmed by this book. I wanted it to be so much more than it ended up being, but I am glad you liked it. I guess I had really high expectations and it just wasn’t there.

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  • I absolutely agree. I really wanted it to end differently.

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  • I will have to check it out! I am reading A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1) and loving it!

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  • I’ve never really been interested in teen romance books. But, as a junior high English teacher, this was definitely one of my students’ favorite books to read on their own! Thanks for linking up with the Reading Roundup!

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  • I was not a fan of this book. I didn’t hate it, though. I love John Green’s writing, because he always manages to make me laugh out loud. But the entire premise of this book really got under my skin.

    I did a full review of it here on my blog!

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  • This wasn’t one my favorite teen romance books, but the plot was certainly full of twists. I think that’s one of the only reasons I liked it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • It was my all-time favorite, but I think the thing I like most about it was all the twists in the plot. I’ll definitely check out your review! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big John Green fan. I’ve only read The Fault in our Stars and I didn’t like it at all. And I’ve heard that all of his books are very similar. But it’s encouraging that you were skeptical and you enjoyed it. Maybe I’ll try it again after all.

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  • I really liked the plot twists that took place in this book. At times it was frustrating, but I don’t like not knowing the answers and this book had more questions than answers. I haven’t read The Fault in our Stars.

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