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Monday, June 28, 2010

June: PAPER TOWNS, The End of the Book












John asks, "Why do you think Q makes the decision he does at the end of the book? Do you agree with his decision regarding the invitation?"

Follow-up: What do you think makes a good book ending, as a reader? What do you like to be left feeling or thinking?

6 comments:

Little Willow said...

I was happy that he became a little bolder, a little more assertive - and I'm sure that the ending, that final moment, was very picturesque/movie-like for most readers!

Priya said...

I think that a good book ending should leave you feeling and thinking, but it should still wrap up the story in a satisfying way. (Of course, none of this would really apply if the book was part of a series... in that case, you would probably want a cliffhanger or something that sets the stage for the next book.)

Lorie Ann Grover said...

It's perfect. I get the solace I need, that they might phone and connect in the future, but Q and Margo each go where they need to in order to grow further.

Yes, Priya, the ending should leave you thinking and wondering and comparing it to your own life. And there should be some measure of closure. But not tied up in pink ribbon. :~)

Melissa Walker said...

LA, I love this! "the ending should leave you thinking and wondering and comparing it to your own life. And there should be some measure of closure. But not tied up in pink ribbon. :~)"

Exactly. And Paper Towns does this very well, I think.

Lauren said...

I really liked the ending. It didn't tied up things enough, but there were still other moments left unsaid. What will happen next? I like endings like that - the ones that make you wish you knew the characters, so you could see where the world takes them. And for a book to be great, in my opinion, it has to have a killer last sentence.

Martha Brockenbrough said...

Oooh. I agree with Lauren on a killer last sentence. Maybe we should keep a running list of favorites.