…by John Green.
Quentin Jacobsen is in love with his neighbour and classmate, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Except she doesn’t seem to acknowledge his existence in spite of them being friends when they were a lot younger. Until one night, she climbs into his room dressed up as a ninja and summons him to help her carry out a revenge campaign through the night. Following their all-night adventure, Quentin has hopes that their relationship has now changed. However, when he goes to school, he soon realises that Margo has disappeared. While she has done this several times before — much to her parents’ consternation — this time around, she has left clues for Quentin.
As Quentin and his friends follow these clues in search of Margo, it soon becomes obvious that she is not the girl Quentin thought she was.
I wanted to read this book prior to watching the movie and I must admit, I was sorely disappointed. Maybe it was expectations of John Green following The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska, but I just couldn’t connect with this book. The story seemed confusing and clunky in some parts and the reader has to go back to check things. Having said that, I think the book mainly lost me because of the characters. I just could not connect with any of the characters especially the two protagonists. And because I couldn’t care what happened to them, the story didn’t matter any more.
Margo is way too self-centred and egotistical and while I do like flawed characters, there was nothing there to suggest why she might be the way she is. Consequently, as a reader, you find it hard to like her. Quentin is the opposite — absolutely no flaws — and that annoys me too. You need characters with shades of grey. Like Alaska in Looking for Alaska. I like John Green but I think his next books have got a lot to live up to.
Until next time,