I enjoyed this book very much; bravo, John Green! I got sucked in and read all of it in less than 24 hours. I got home and started reading around 5 pm, stayed up till 3am, got up at 11am, and finished at 3pm. I literally only stopped reading to go to the bathroom, or to make sure what I was picking up was what I wanted to stuff in my mouth to eat–oh, and sleeping.
Unlike ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ I didn’t get emotional and start crying, but I was sucked into the book and the mystery that is, “who is the real Margo Roth Spiegelman?”
Quentin and Margo have been neighbors since they were two, they grew up together as playmates, until one day, it changed. When they were about nine years old, one morning, they found a dead guy at the park and since then, things were different. They went their separate ways and became different people; Margo a popular person everyone loved and wanted to be, Quentin, more of a nerd or geek, hanging with his best friends who were in band. Quentin has always liked Margo, but from afar. The Margo he sees, is the Margo he thinks he likes.
One night, in their senior year, Margo is at Quentin’s window and takes him out for a night filled with adventure. Margo is known for her adventures, sometimes with her missing for days; according to her parents, there’s always clues she leaves behind for them to solve that tells them where she went. After this night out, Quentin is sure he likes her; he wonders how things will be different after their night out, would they hold hands? The next day, she’s no where to be seen; everyone assumes she’s out on another great adventure.
There’s something that Margo said the night before that makes Quentin unsure that she’s coming back this time. He worries. He then takes it into his own hands, and maybe a few others, to find Margo. Quentin wants to be the knight in shinning armor that finally figures out Margo’s clues that leads right to her. If she didn’t want to be found, why leave clues, right?
The more Quentin looks into these clues, the more he realizes that Margo isn’t Margo; she isn’t the person he thought she was. That Margo isn’t the Margo others thought to be either; she had secrets. Then who is Margo? Who is she really? Will Quentin find her; will he still love the girl that is Margo?
I think this book touches the fact that we all aren’t really ourselves in front of others. This did make me think about who I really am; who I am when no one’s watching. We may not notice it, but we do put on different ‘faces’, if you will, when we’re around certain people. I most certainly try to act like a responsible young adult who is capable of handling her life in front of my parents, but around my friends, sometimes I don’t make the best judgement or choice.
I loved the clues, and how it was played out. I even found myself trying to paste together the clues as I read; this book was very good on making me want to read on. “Did they figure out what the clue means,” was constantly on my mind.
Readers, have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts about this book? Let me know in the comments below!