One more lesson learned

This beloved book project is coming to an end and I have to admit that I don’t actually want it to end. For a long time now I haven’t read any spectacular books, and this book and this blog made me like reading again. (Sorry Olav, but I have to give most of the credits to John Green)

So, to the final task, what is the “lesson learned”? First of all I have read this book very closely and during some reading I have truly appreciated beautiful symbolic, thinking and simply just sitting down and reading (instead of playing candy crush). In my opinion I have been an observant reader and the blog have helped me on my way to a good analysis. About some subjects I have clearly been writing too much, which means that I have to cut out many of my thoughts for the analysis. In the beginning I was just afraid that I left out something important.

I think it was really helpful to read at the iPad when we had a project like this. It have been really easy to mark and find important word/sentences in the text, adjust the text size, light etc. and to just bring the iPad with me and read.

Maybe I’ll just leave the blog open so I can write blog posts about books and stuff, even after this project is over. I don’t think it will be the most active blog, but let’s give it a shot.

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Paper themes

Hi! This post is going to be dedicated to Paper Towns theme. The theme of a book is something that goes through the whole book. It is often contracted to one word (ex: courage, fear, love) and if I was going to say something about paper towns – as I will – it had to be fake or something like that. I hope you get my point later in this post.

Everything is so fake and it seems like life is the false truth. Thru out as I have read the book I have thought about how people just think about themselves and misjudge one another. It started in the prologue where they found the dead man. Both Q and Margo looked at the dead man as something terrible happening to them. As two nine year old kids they did not even think about that he was a person just like everyone else.

A lot of people look at Margo as an crazy teenage girl who don’t give a damn. No one actually know who she is. Everyone just have their own picture of a girl that is not her. I wanted to find a quote about this, but it’s kinda the same thing with Lacy.

“It’s easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this amazing unattainable thing or whatever, and started being, like, just a regular girl with a weird relationship with food and frequent crankiness who’s kinda bossy—then I had to basically start liking a whole different person.” (Ben, p 268)

It’s not like Lacy stopped being this amazing unattainable thing, it’s just that Ben doesn’t look at her in that way anymore. It’s more important to understand and respect a person than to think you know a person for what you believe them to be. I think this is the most important theme in Paper Towns. Margo ran away from prejudice and because she was afraid to be a paper girl in a paper town.

And this quote is just perfect.

“you listen to people so that you can imagine them, and you hear all the terrible and wonderful things people do to themselves and to one another, but in the end the listening exposes you even more than it exposes the people you’re trying to listen to.” (Q, p.217)

-Synne

Q

Hello everyone!

Time for task 8. In what point of view is the novel written?

Paper Towns is written in first person of view, which means that it is told by an “I” person. In this case the I person is; Q. All the way through the book it is Q who tells the story from his point of view. We get to know what he knows, what he can see and a lot of his inner thoughts.

An example from this, is in page 119 where he basically just tells us what he is doing.
“I showered and brushed my teeth and put on dark jeans and a plain black T-shirt.”
Another example is where we get to know what he is thinking etc.
“I thought maybe if I could be confident, something might happen between us.” (p.55)

The view suits the novel, and i don’t think it would be the same if it was written in for example alternating point of view or in an omniscient kind of way. It wouldn’t be just as exiting if we knew what Margo was thinking, you know. Because that’s the whole deal… No one knows what she is thinking. And who wants to know what Ben is thinking? That’s just not important for the story.

So, yeah, I’m in chapter 17 right now. The excitement is starting to dabb off but I guess I’m coming back with more updates for you later.

-Synne

Analysis V.S. report

Hi! It’s time for analysis V.S. report!

Even though I’m not done with the book yet, it’s time to decide wether I want to write a book report or a book analysis. I think that I am going for the book analysis and a good grade as possible. I guess it’s easier with the report, but I feel that I want to challenge myself. It’s a chance that I change my mind about this, but we’ll wait and see.

Hope you guys have decided.

-Synne

Winter Park in Florida

Hi again! Time for a new task, and thats task five.

At the moment I am going to start at chapter 6 and things are starting to happen. Because I just added information about the prologue in the last task I thought that I should start with keeping you guys updated on what have happened it the last five chapters. Otherwise I don’t think you get that much out of my post.

So, in the prologue Quentin (Q) and Margo are two nine year old neighbours living somewhere in Florida. Now they are both seniors at Winter Park High School. One of the changes over the years is that Q and Margo do not have playdates anymore, they are just neighbours. He is still secretly in love with her even though they seldom talk anymore and she has a duche of a boyfriend. I’ll come back to her (ex-)boyfriend later. Q is not one of the popular people at school and seems quite average and maybe closer to geeky, compared to Margo who got in backstage at a concert because she said she was the bassists girlfriend. “(…)and then the bassist said “yeah that’s my girlfriend let her in the show,” (p. 31) later she rejected him. In other peoples eyes she is wow and he is just there. Its Q and its Margo, they are different from each other. In the book I like Margo, she is cool and sound like fun, but in the real life I would probably dislike her a lot. She is just not my type of person and seems like too much stress with all her revenges. Q is cute. I don’t know, he’s just there.

When talking about revenge, this is a big deal to Margo. I don’t think I wrote about the night after they found the dead man, Margo showed up by Qs window to tell him what had happened with the guy, but thats not the important part. Whats important is that this night she appears by his window again, just like she did several years ago.

“And so May fifth could have been any day—until just before midnight, when Margo Roth Spiegelman slid open my screenless bedroom window for the first time since telling me to close it nine years before.” (p.44)

Her face is painted black and she asks Q to borrow his moms car and come with her. Jase, her now ex-boyfriend, have been cheating on her with her bestfriend and she wants to take revenge. After some discussions Q agree to come with her on her eleven errands she have this “normal” school night. Until this, their social environments are quite normal. Without all the drama I would say that its a lot like my every-day-life. You know, school, friends, family and average teenage life, if I can say that. I can compare myself more with Q than I can with Margo, because she is more of a rebel who sneaks out at night and stuff like that while he is more down to earth, and yeah, its not that much drama. Without that Q’s parents are psychologists that analyse everyone, I don’t know much about them. Her parents are more strict and that is, among other reasons, why she can’t use her own car in addition to why she have to paint her face black and ask Q to help her. Without that Q’s parents are psychologists that analyse everyone, I don’t know much about them.

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This is a Crystal. I think it’s the same as Q’s moms car.
Click HERE for link to the picture.

Its all happening in Florida, USA, so thats a big difference from Norway and my own social environments. For example I could not just run away in a car, (legally) obviously because I am not old enough. When you say everything is bigger in America, thats right. While they shop at Wal-Mart in the middle of the night, Jase live in this huge villa with an enormous security system, Margo’s friend have an SUV (by the way they break in to both the house and the SUV) homecoming prom is a huge thing (not for Q though) and Q`s friend, Radar`s parents OWN THE WORLD LARGEST COLLECTION OF BLACK SANTAS!

Since I started to read this book I have wanted the city to be real. Therefore I have tried to google some of the places mentioned. Then i actually realised that it do exist. It takes place in a subdivision called Jefferson park in Orlando, Florida. It’s also a high school in Orlando, Florida, named Winter Park High School, that made me very exited. The best of all is that they are called Wildcats. Furthermore it’s mentioned later in the book places in Florida, close to Orlando like Jacksonville etc. I like the fact that this book is fiction written in a real place. It emphasise John Green in person and his interest for maps and places.

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WILDCATS!
Click HERE for the link to the picture.

-Synne

On their way to mystery?

Now I have finally started reading Paper Towns for real. Or, what can I say? I have just read the prologue. Both Margo and Quentin are main characters but Quentin is the “storyteller” if I can call him that. It is written in first person of view.

It all started when Quentin were nine years old, so were Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo is Quentins neighbour where they live in Jefferson, Florida. He has not been struck by a lightning, nor did he win a Nobel Prize but the fact that Margo is his neighbour is his kind of miracle. It was just a normal day, and they were two nine-year-olds having a playdate in the park, close to their neighbourhood, when they saw something out of the normal. They found a dead man.

Now you might think this book is turning in to a crime, but no it’s not. When it comes to Quentin, it seems like it’s still all about Margo.

I think my favourite sentence from the prologue is this one:

“Margo always loved mysteries. (…) I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”
-(Paper Towns p. 23)

I like this sentence because it is so mysterious and I feel like this is a foreshadow for something exiting that is going to happen later. Also one of my friends who recommended this book too me, she told me some parts of the book, so my mind is probably thinking in that direction as well. No, I’m not going to shear any more juicy news with you guys right now, but it’s on it’s way. Promise!

Ok, I don’t know if I should put *spoiler alert* over this song or what but I thought that this was a beautiful song that I wanted to share with you. Seems like someone like Paper Towns so good that they made a song for it. As I can understand It’s from Margo’s point of view. Kinda… Press here if you want to watch if. (Tried to put it in the post, but I don’t know how to do it. Pleas tell me in a comment if you have any suggestion)

-Synne

First task

Hi!
This is a blog that is going to be used in my English class. Our English teacher gave us an assignment to pick out a novel of our own choice, then to write a blog about it. My book is, as you might get from the url, Paper Towns by John Green. I have previously read The Fault in our Stars by John Green and I hope Paper Towns is just as good.

I’m going to read the book on my iPad in iBooks and It’s going to be a bit odd because I am not used to it. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this project and last but not least, Paper Towns. Stay tuned for more updates about the book.

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Visit http://johngreenbooks.com/paper-towns/ if you want to read more about John Green or some of his other books. Or if you want to wait a week or so, I am planning on writing a post about him and his books later on. (This is also where I borrowed my picture from)

-Synne