I just finished reading Paper Towns by John Green yesterday, and as expected, I adored it. John Green is a wonderful, talented novelist, and Paper Towns did not disappoint. And because John Green is awesome and I suck at writing book reviews, especially for books I really loved, I thought I would share some of my favorite Paper Towns quotes with you. Spoilers ahead.
“And thus commenced a brief conversation with myself.
Me: But the rats.
Me: Yeah, but they seem to stay in the ceiling.
Me: But the lizards.
Me: Oh, come on. You used to pull their tails off when you were little. You’re not scared of lizards.
Me: But the rats.
Me: Rats can’t really hurt you anyway. They’re more scared of you than you are of them.
Me: Okay, but what about the rats?
Me: Shut up.”
“Chuck Parson was a person. Like me. Margo Roth Speigalman was a person, too. And I had never quite thought of her that way, not really; it was a failure of all my previous imaginings. All along–not only since she left but a decade before–I had been imagining her without listening, without knowing that she made as poor a window as I did. And so I could not imagine her as a person who could feel fear, who could feel isolated in a roomful of people, who could be shy about her record collection because it was too personal to share. Someone who might read travel books to escape having to live in the town that so many people escape to. Someone who–because no one thought she was a person–had no one to really talk to.”
“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”
“What a treacherous thing is it to believe that a person is more than a person.”
“When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”