18 out of 52: Paper Towns
I leave, and the leaving is so exhilarating I know I can never go back. But then what? Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey.
These are the words that best describe how I feel about leaving. There is such a rush of adrenaline in the leaving that I am always looking to chase it. In following Quentin as he searches for Margo whom he has been obsessed with for years and as he finally discovers who she really is I found myself identifying with Margo. Her need to leave behind a “normal life”. But mostly the story is about Quentin, as he follows in her footsteps and experiences what it is like to be her. As he tries to finally understand her he also has to face both his desire to follow her and his need to live a “normal life”. There is the realisation that perhaps Margo’s adventures are actually more interesting than Margo is as a person. Some days that is pretty much how I feel.
It’s definitely a cute and easy Young Adult fiction worth reading, especially since it’s currently being made into a movie. So if you’re like me and enjoy seeing how they change things you should definitely read the book. Watching the trailer I could already spot a few differences.
And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.