Young Adult is not the kind of genre I read let alone enjoy. But once in a while it is pleasant to have a book come along that makes you rethink your preferences and Paper towns was one of those kind of books for me. The very title of the book holds a fascinating concept “A fictitious town added to maps for copyright reasons”. For example, if one map had a certain fictitious town on it that were included in a map made by a different company, one company could sue another for plagiarism. Sometimes mapmakers would add ‘paper towns’ simply for fun or playful reasons.
The way the title ties in with the plot and characters of the book is evidence of the writer’s skill and charm. i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am sharing my absolute favorite quote that also inspired this post:
“Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen – these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. 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.”
― John Green, Paper Towns