Children's Books - 'Paper Towns' and 'Black Rabbit Summer' - Review - NYTimes.com

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Roger Sutton Reviewing In The New York Times...

Paper Towns by John Green


Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

Brooks is an English young adult novelist who, like Robert Cormier, uses the devices of mystery and suspense to externalize the inner turmoil of adolescence. Unlike "Paper Towns," whose where-is-Margo plot is secondary to riffs on relationships and suburbia, "Black Rabbit Summer" is a fairly conventional mystery -- there are police interrogations and investigations, even a gypsy fortuneteller. Dark but not deep, it's the more boy-reader-friendly of the two books, with short chapters, lots of dialogue and doomy atmospherics. It doesn't aim so high, but it's probably the better novel. The narration of "Paper Towns" spends too much time in Quentin's head, which, to be sure, is an entertaining place: "Renting a tuxedo seemed to me an excellent way to contract some hideous disease. . . . I did not aspire to become the world's only virgin with pubic lice." ROGER SUTTON

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