Paper Towns (Paperback)
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DescriptionFrom the #1 bestselling author of "The Fault in Our Stars" Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery "New York Times "bestseller "USA Today "bestseller "Publishers Weekly "bestseller When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night--dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
- Published: 22 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 305 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780142414934 ISBN 10: 014241493X
- Sales rank: 72
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Reviews for Paper Towns
A journey about friendship,love and about finding yourself.
This review was originally posted on http://fangirlfeels.wordpress.com
Quentin is not the type of guy you want to bring to prom nor the type of guy you want to have an adventure with, in fact Quentin had all his normal life planned out, study hard, graduate and get married, but one day a childhood friend breaks into his house through the window and asks for him to join her in an adventure and then disappears.
This book was a hella of a ride, this story touched me and I will quote it for the rest of my life, it's about friendship, love, selflessness and facing your fears. by Mahra Alhosani
I honestly did not know what book I was reading at first. I guess I was confused with the beginning because it was the first John Green novel I have ever read and I wasn’t familiar with John Green as an author or as person (through his Youtube channel with Hank Green). I was actually scared, that for the first time, a book was baffling to me in my first read but as I got immersed (Chapter 2), then that’s when I realized how strong each character was and I felt a certain connection with them.
Quentin Jacobsen or "Q", as the lead, is smart, charming but kind of pathetic in the “I’m-An-Awesome-Guy-That-Can-Get-Any-Chick” department. He is in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman, whose name is so beautiful that when I introduce the book to my friends, and I talk about Margo, I would have to say her full name every time I mention her, because the way her name rolls on your tongue is fascinating! Awesome name choice, John. Margo’s character is very queer. She’s odd, keeps lots of secrets and doesn’t seem to trust anyone. But she is very sweet and cherishes her friendship with Q. Now, what made the book exciting was the search for the lovely Margo Roth Spiegelman through the “clues” that she left in the abandoned mall and it is up to Q to find her. I really loved the way Q handled the situations to find Margo with class and wit. And the paper towns’ references were spot on, and intriguing!
I went over some of the pages to check if I was actually right on track or it felt like I was missing something. I have to say, this is a challenging book to read, not because it is difficult, but because you have to read the story through every aspect and every detail because it is written that way, and I held to the story like there was no tomorrow and finished okay. The ending was okay, but I would’ve wanted something better. But I don’t want to spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet.
The writing is lax, very contemporary and not really daunting, but I did say you have to be mentally challenged so that you can join the ride with Q and his pals. One downside to the story was the fact that it was kind of slow. Even though there was an attention to detail that I really love, it kind of felt slow, like I was being drifted into an ocean. But it’s not an action novel, so those who love to just relax will love this book!
Oh yeah, the first part of the novel is the best question I have yet still to understand up to this day. Maybe I’m stupid or I just missed the signs, but I swear. Anyway, read the book perfectly well and you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. by Writer For Misfits
Absolutely loved it!
I think perhaps I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars. This book was absolutely amazing, and there are definitely no people that I wouldn't recommend this to. Such a beautiful book, I absolutely adored it! by Nina Midtsian Harmens
Oh My Books! Review
I've heard so many great things about John Green, he's like the King of YA. When I had the chance to read one of his books, I choose Paper Towns mainly because I thought the cover was interesting.
I now understand why everyone seems to love his books. He has a way to create realistic characters and tell a story without boring you once. In Paper Towns, Quentin is just a normal boy living his normal life until Margo, the girl he has been always in love, open his window and ask him to help her with her revenge.
Quentin is exactly like a teenage boy, I really liked him and enjoyed reading about him growing up and daring to do more with his life. But Margo is a mystery, she's an intelligent girl, popular but bored with her life. I understand why she decided to just go away, but I don't really think it was an intelligent choice. Disappearing and leaving everyone was not only selfish but even dangerous. Also, I think I missed something in the ending. After all that went through, is it going to end that way?
But it was fun to read about Orlando, specially since I have been there and remembered a lot about the streets, parks, etc. (BTW, I don't think everything the stores sell there is junk, maybe because we don't have that kind of junk here!)
Overall, Paper Towns is definitely worth reading and I want to read more books from John Green. Quentin is one of my favorite male characters in YA, and even when Margo wasn't my favorite, I can relate to her desire for a different life. by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
- Top review
John Green is a genius
Paper Towns by John Green is a novel about the infamous Margo Roth Spiegelman, an enigma in her hometown, and neighbour to protagonist Quentin Jacobson, also known as Q.
After a shared traumatic event as children (the finding of a dead body), Margo and Quentin grow apart as friends, But Q has never gotten over the ever intriguing Margo. One night many years later, Margo appears at Q's window- a night of revenge, adventure and major mischief ensues, giving Q hope for a renewed friendship-or maybe more. However things don't go as planned for Quentin, and after their night together Margo disappears, though not for the first time. As more time passes and no-one has heard anything from Margo, Q starts to wonder if she will ever come back.
The many faces and eccentricities of Margo Roth Spiegelman are explored throughout the book as Q learns more and more about the girl he thought he knew. With some help from Walt Whitman and clues left by the elusive lady herself, Q sets out to follow the trail of breadcrumbs; hoping they're not just a dead end. Quentin's slightly obsessive (though well intentioned) feelings for Margo make him an endearing lead throughout the story while Margo is a complex and multi-faceted character who is almost revered by her friends and admirers-though as Q comes to learn, she is just a girl.
Paper Towns is one of the most refreshing and interesting narratives out there. Green has taken a fairly simple premise (boy likes girl etc.) and woven a seamless piece of literary excellence. Quentin's honest and insightful narrative, along with laughs aplenty courtesy of best-friends, Ben and Radar, makes for a smooth, and at times hilarious, journey. He has a talent for making a complex plot seem flawlessly simple and this effortlessly genius novel is a fantastic read. I would recommend Paper Towns for anybody who wants a truly engaging, thought-provoking tale of the power (and danger) of human perceptions.
RECOMMEND? YES YES YES
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Thoughtful and funny
This is easily my favourite of John Green's books. It really makes you think, and the ending plays out perfectly. Plus, the whole road trip section make me grin stupidly from start to finish. by megan
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com
I first fell in love with John Green when he came out with the book LOOKING FOR ALASKA. I was equally enchanted with AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES. Last night, I finally finished John Green's latest and greatest addition, PAPER TOWNS. Mind you, I have been trying to finish it for three days crammed between work, work, and more work. It got to the point that something had to give and it was going to be my work, because I just had to finish the book. I read someone else's review and she said that she was tempted to skip to page 305, the last page, to see what happened to one of the main characters, Margo. I want this person to know I was tempted to but, alas, I did not peek either - I was so proud of myself. Besides, waiting until the end made the book even more satisfying.
Reading this book reminded me of the people who I went to high school with - the band geeks, the jocks, the Untouchable popular kids. I knew people that were like Margo, Quentin, Radar, Ben, and Lacey. Some I liked, others I didn't. I get Margo's feeling of needing to get out of the paper town she lives in so she doesn't get even more sucked in.
Would I have done it her way? Probably not, but her way led to some really funny dialogue between the characters and a neat little mystery to figure out.
PAPER TOWNS pulls you in from the beginning. One thing Green does so well is go into detail, painting rich layers seamlessly tying together the characters and their stories.
We read a story about something that happened in Quentin and Margo's childhood and then skip forward many years to a time right before Prom, which Quentin will not go to for any amount of money offered. Things get interesting when Margo shows up at his window dressed liked a ninja, insisting that he has to help her. Mind you, Margo is Quentin's unrequited love, so you tell me, does he go along with Margo's adventure? It only takes a little coaxing, but he sure does. The night, as they accomplish all the things on Margo's list, who is hellbent on revenge, is pretty magical, not just for Quentin but Margo, too.
School the next day was definitely interesting, for lack of a better word. Quentin struggles to say awake in class because their adventure lasted to just about dawn, and then realizes that Margo isn't in school. I am not sure if I would have gone to school, either, after all they had done the night before....
The question will soon become - where is Margo? She has seemingly disappeared, leaving clues for Quentin to find. Will Quentin and his friends figure out the clues, and will they lead to Margo? And if they do, will she be dead or alive? You will just have to read the book to find out.
It will not surprise me one iota if Green walks away with a few awards for this book. Definitely another winner! by TeensReadToo