Paper towns

Paper towns

3.73 (1,236,074 ratings by Goodreads)
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From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Now a major motion picture

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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 23mm | 352g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • Spanish
  • Reprint
  • 014241493X
  • 9780142414934
  • 442

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From the #1 bestselling author of "The Fault in Our Stars"
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best...
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Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller
A Booklist Best Book of the Year
An SLJ Best Book of the Year
A VOYA Best Book of the Year

"Green's prose is astounding -- from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths." --SLJ, starred review

"[Green's] a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material." --Booklist, starred review

"Laugh-out-loud humor and heartfelt poignancy."--Kliatt, starred review

"Green delivers once again with this satisfying, crowd-pleasing look at a complex, smart boy and the way he loves. Genuine--and genuinely funny--dialogue, a satisfyingly tangled but not unbelievable mystery and delightful secondary characters."

"Stellar, with deliciously intelligent dialogue and plenty of mind-twisting insights...a powerfully great read." --VOYA

"Compelling." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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About Green, John

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of books including Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the writer and host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit John online at
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Rating details

1,236,074 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 28% (349,661)
4 32% (397,005)
3 27% (334,098)
2 9% (116,232)
1 3% (39,078)

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This review was originally posted on 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 more
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 more
by Writer For Misfits
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!show more
by Nina Midtsian Harmens
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 more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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 9/10! If you would like to see more please go to more
by Eilish
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 more
by megan
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