Paper Towns

Paper Towns

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By (author) John Green

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 305 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 014241493X
  • ISBN 13: 9780142414934
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 88

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From 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.

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John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of "Looking for Alaska," "An Abundance of Katherines," "Paper Towns," "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" (with David Levithan), and "The Fault in Our Stars." His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the "LA Times" Book Prize. John was selected by "TIME" magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@johngreen) and tumblr ( or visit him online at John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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By Mahra Alhosani 09 Aug 2014 5

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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 Writer For Misfits 12 May 2014 5

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 Nina Midtsian Harmens 17 Apr 2014 5

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 Maria Guajardo (GABY) 03 May 2013 4

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 Eilish 26 Jan 2012 5

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.



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"Green is not only clever and wonderfully witty but also deeply thoughtful and insightful. In addition, he's a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material." - "Booklist", starred review --.