So, in my quest to read from the 'must-read-books' list as much as possible before I graduate, I'm adding a tick. 'Paper Towns' by John Green is the 2.33'th book I have read, written by him. ('Will Grayson, Will Grayson' and 'Let it snow' contribute towards 1.33 of that)
Coming to this sweet adventure. Well, its a mental adventure. The protagonist, Quentin, is a self professed nerd and a shadow of the author. His love for the girl he has shared a traumatic experience with in his childhood is sort of 'Alchemist'-y in the beginning.(that meaning, love-even-though-we-speak-once-in-a-decade), but the second half of the book qualifies it to a sort of reality, after he realizes how un-Indiana Jones-y the girl is. Or rather, she is just a girl.
The story revolves around a nerdy high school life and the search for love. Literally, as the girl(high time we should name her), Margo runs away from home. Green sprinkles the teen dramedy with action and hilarious conversations ( focus on Balls) between friends who like real people, fight a lot. But at the end, stick up for each other.
Personally, I love the parts where each of them realize what I wish someone would have told me when I was in high school.- "People are people, not just the Ideas that you have created about them."
Green clearly translates genuine emotions and experience from his school days to this beautiful book.
Trying not to give any more spoilers, it all makes terribly brilliant sense when the true meaning of the title of the book is revealed.
It made putting up with Quentin's "oh-where-are-you-Margo" and other Bella-y whining 100% worthwhile.