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Paper Towns

byJohn Green

Paperback | September 22, 2009

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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.
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. ...
Title:Paper TownsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:September 22, 2009Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014241493X

ISBN - 13:9780142414934

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! “Paper Towns” by John Green offers a unique perspective on life. The free spirit and youthfulness created by Margo and Quentin make you want to go back to high school. Quentin's boring life turns upside down when the love of his life enters through his window. There all night adventure comes to an end when Quentin finds that Margo ran away and became a mystery. When the lovers find each other, they must once again part ways. This novel is a gateway to the lives of many teens. It encourages teens to be confident, and live life to its full potential. It's a great read, as the rosiness in your cheeks radiates at every ‘Ooey gooey” romantic scene. The question is does this love last? Does Margo become a forever mystery? Get on your comfy pyjamas and grab that piping hot cup of coffee as you join this journey to finding true love.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book! john has a great style of writing. however, i do prefer his other books as those intrigued me more
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I personally somewhat enjoyed the book. Definitely lots of suspense, yet a story of love. However I wasn't too pleased with the ending.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read for Teens I read it when I was low on reading material. Borrowed it from my teen. It was def cute, a lot of thought put into it.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute story This book was actually pretty good. I wasn't a fan of Looking for Alaska, but I read this because my friends were raving about it, and I liked it a lot more.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great not as good as some other green books - still awesome tho!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down Loved this book so much, I closed the last page of this book and then opened the first page up again.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED ***SPOILER***Although the book was a bit slow, I ended up enjoying it. Finally a book where they don't live happily ever after. It wasn't a typical teen romance, which I loved LMAO.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it The book was really good, glad it wasn't the typical boy meets girl (or finds i guess) and they fall in love blah blah blah.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay My book had an overall good ending and story, it just took awhile to get there. I was expecting more after reading Fault in our stars. Once I finished it I was glad I read it though. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, SPOILER ALTERT (I'm so glad to have a teen novel where to two characters don't end up together in the end)
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This book was so funny and always left me smiling! It also did have its serious moments and I loved those too. The concept "paper towns" will always stick with me.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow pace, but good read! This book is a little slow in pace, but its still a good read! A classic for sure.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope Very slow. I was disappointed overall with this book after reading a Fault in Your Stars.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite John Green Novel I've got three copies of this book, two signed. Many people have commented about the book being boring or slow, but even in the slower parts the messages in the book stuck with me. I loved the characters, despite their flaws, and the idea of a "paper town" sticks with me to this day.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Example of a Great Young Adult Book If you've watched the movie, read the book! Your perception will change immediately in the best way possible and you won't regret it!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't like this book It was very boring but it was only interesting when Margo was getting revenge
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Paper Towns was so boring, I couldn't finish it. This book had potential but didn't live up to it. Would not recommend unless you like other John Green books
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic John Green Most of John Green's books build up until the very end, and then they end very quickly. This one is the same, and all the buildup kind of went nowhere. But if you're a John Green fan, you'll probably enjoy it
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I don't remember much from this book as I read it a few years back. I do remember that I enjoyed it to some extent though.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I enjoyed it in the beginning, but near the middle I was bored. I felt like there was so much more potential in some parts and some things had a big build up but nothing would happen. Margo annoyed me and so did Q I feel like Q was obsessed with Margo and he barely knew her. I really liked Ben and Radar they were hilarious and great friends. They just wanted to enjoy their senior year while Q was obsessed with finding Margo. I did enjoy the story, and how John Green writes his book. The Fault In Our Stars was my favourite so far though, I do plan on reading his other books. The ending of this book was mostly what made me give it 4 stars if you've read it you know why. I felt like the ending was open-ended really, like what happens next? We don't know, maybe they'll change it in the movie. I probably wouldn't have read this book if the movie wasn't coming out to be honest. It just never grabbed my attention and the synopsis didn't intrigue me. I'm glad I read it though I might read it again in the future sometime. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book was okay It was interesting, but Q and Margo were annoying. First of all, it was annoying how Q just abandoned something that meant so much to his parents and him for a girl who barely gave him the time of day. What did he expect when e saw Margo? She didn't care about him before, why would that have changed all of a sudden? Other than the main characters being annoying, the book was good. Part one was bomb, very interesting and creative. Part two was a little bit more boring. Part three was also good. I liked the road trip.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was okay not his best book, but it was still okay, it was good.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh Saw a lot of hype n bought the book. Found it kind of hard to keep focus. Got bland a lot, took me a while to finish the book bc of how boring it gets. He has done better
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Took me almost a year to finish it... This story had a lot of potential, but I don't feel it was executed very well. I liked the characters but there was a lot of plot holes in their stories. The ending made me super mad for many reasons (needed more development and information, in my opinion). Every time I picked up Paper Towns, I got bored while reading it. I love the way that John Green writes, but this story was just really slow pace and tended to drag on for me.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ehhhh This book was a fun read but didn't sweep me away. Great writing with likable characters but lacked a spark.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was pretty good This book was pretty good. It was a quick read. I found the story to be interesting, but it just seemed to be an unattainable plot.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read for young teenagers It is similar to an everyday love story, kind of confusing. you either love or hate it
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Repetitive? Nerdy boy falls in love with unattainable, larger than life girl. We've seen the whole thing before, mostly in the rest of John Green's books. After thoroughly disliking the message The Fault In Our Stars held, I still wanted to give him a try. I regret the time I spent trying to enjoy this book like everyone else I knew who read it. The characters were just plain unrealistic and the story was so artificial it tired me. I mean, I get that books are necessarily supposed to be like life, if they were who would read them? Margo just felt like a word and not a character, like I was reading a middle school students story. I do see how someone could love this, the fairy-tale like aspects, the adventure, the want for alike friends. It wasn't for me however.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange ** spoiler alert ** The whole time I was reading this book I was going to give it a 5 but then I got the last page and - wham 4! Now I get that the story had to end and that Margo and Q still have a ton of life to live, but I feel like I need just a bit more. I need to know what happens to Margo. And I don't mean to get all dramatic but really, she is depressed and needs help, not to be left wandering the world on her own. The characters in this book were great, real and just a bit to smart for teenagers but they were in the Fault In Our Stars too - I think it's just the way J. Green writes them. And I prefer it. I like their beautiful words and how articulate they are and best of all they make me laugh out loud too.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really fun read If you like adventure and nostalgic, childish revenge, this is the book for you. I really felt like this book was entertaining and fun to read. Its one of the better John Green novels, but I favoured it a lot over the movie (I read this before the movie came out)
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not his best, but still pretty good This book is different in comparison to John Green's other books, it's more of a light read. Although it still conveys a message, it's not a message that hits your emotions too hard. It's more of a fun read than an existential crisis or life journey read, unlike his other books. Still, I recommend it!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A great book for YAs and also adults who want to understand the mind of a teenager and some of the existential crises that they experience.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Paper Towns I don't really know what to say. Can't say I hate it though
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an Adventure!! This storybook takes you through a journey full of joy. You as a reader get to travel with the characters through a mysterious journey.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Not my favourite Green book. The characters weren't very likable in my opinion, and the story is, I hate to say it, kind of boring.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good Not my favorite from him but it was good. I expected way more!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not Great It was an okay book, but definitely not anywhere near John Green's best.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh The characters were slightly relatable but the plot never really got going..
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay It was okay. I found it boring, especially the ending, seen it coming a mile away. The main character was very annoying as well; basically a stalker. Wouldn't read again.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun! A very enjoyable read! A fun plot and great characters.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope. Really boring plot, and even more boring when they get onto the road. The ending was absolute trash. The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that the characters were midly funny. Don't read this unless you're a John Green fanatic.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I felt a lot for the characters in this book, they were really well written and kept me on my toes.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read This was a great read by the amazing John Green. Although not my favourite by him it has interesting characters and a strong message. The plot was quite slow through the middle of the novel, however the beginning and end were both very exciting and action filled. A fun and thought provoking read.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best. I love John Green's writing, but found this one in particular boring and in some areas hard to follow. I enjoyed the movie though.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story! This book was a fantastic, easy read. It had likeable characters and a story line that kept me interested from beginning to end. I adore John Green's writing style! I do wish that the ending could have been done a bit differently but other than that I absolutely loved it! Would recommend to all ages! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This book was a bit slow, and while not much happened plot wise, the message was lovely and well executed. It had very easy to like characters. The movie is also great!
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best I was so annoyed by the main characters. I felt that this was a total let down from TFIOS.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from there is no plot I thought that this book would be good because the fault in our stars was great. I was really disappointed. There is no plot, nor is there a moral, or any romance (well barely any)
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read John Green is a great author. This book was easy to read but hard to keep your interest until the end.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Such a great story line, great characters and truly captivating.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved reading this book, I found myself not wanting to put it down and was able to visualize it every step of the way. I gave this book a rating for 4/5 because the ending could have been better, in my opinion.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kept waiting for this book to get good This book wasn't nearly as good as others written by John Green. It kept seeming to be coming to something exciting but never quite got there.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a kind of mystery/romance novel? john green's writing style is interesting, and sets up a familiar setting but with the adventure you didn't get to have. A good novel, but a little juvenile
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not his best This is the third book I've read from Mr.Green. It was good, but not nearly as good as FIOS or Alaska.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I had too much expectaion The expectations I had for this book may have just been too high, but this book just drug on for me. I spent half of the book hoping she would turn up dead and the book be over!! TBH
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I was pleasantly surprised that this book was so funny and emotional. I like the play on cliches found in young adult writing and think Green wrote this well. Some of the scenes seemed random, just for the sake of humour and aside from the plot, but they were funny and enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I read this a while ago but it is one of my favourites. And as always, its better than the movie!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not for me I hate to bash a novel. But, the ending was thoroughly disappointing, which in turn made the rest of the novel seem subpar. It could have been good, but the ending almost defeating the entire purpose of the rest of the novel.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wanted more... I love John Green, but Paper Towns was not his best. I loved this story till about halfway, when I found it to be a little too predictable. While i liked the message about Manic Pixie Dream girls, the conclusion was lacklustre and kinda boring. Turtles All the Way Down is great though!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my fave of his Not John Green's best work... I found this rather boring and just couldn't get into it. Very over-hyped.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing John Greene has done it again, so good
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Read It's no "the fault in our stars" but it still has a powerful message
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fairly predictable This one follows the plot of Looking for Alaska pretty closely, but doesn't achieve the same emotional weight and resonance. If you like John Green, this is a fine book to read while waiting for the next one to come out. Otherwise, it's a little too predictable to be more than just a quick, entertaining, light read.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i love john greens books however sometimes i wish he would end the book a bit better.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book Margo is a brat, albeit a cool one.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great. I read this and I did like it, however it left me wanting more and I found that "Green" did not go into as much depth as I would have liked.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great jus doing this for the points
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a great read Book lacks character depth and relationships. Nothing any teen can relate to.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Mysterious Paper Towns is a truly interesting novel, as it makes you laugh one minute and then question your identity the next. Not Green's best work however, as some of the characters take nearly the entire book to make you start liking them, and the somewhat frequent use of the R word is in poor taste.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I enjoyed this book as a light, entertaining read. I found the main character to be a little annoying and selfish, which made for an irritating story line at time, but overall, was quite fun.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read but fell short of expectations. Read this after "Looking for Alaska" by John Green, and sad to say that Paper Towns was not as great. I felt that the story line of Paper Towns followed too closely to Looking for Alaska but was too drawn out and was anti-climatic. Perhaps in comparison to Looking to Alaska, it was sub par.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way better than the movie! I watched the movie by accident before reading the book and thought that the story was so-so (even thought about not reading it). But when I read the book, it was so different and so much better, that I was actually happy to have changed my mind!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not his best work The storyline wasn't interesting. The characters were not well developed. Lost interest halfway through.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Another incredible piece of work by John Green. I would definitely recommend this if you are a fan of his other stories!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from personally the best John Green book Not too over the top, and not too underwhelming. The book is as close to the experience(s) of young adolescences as it gets. Quentin is such a relatable and likeable character, I appreciate this book to the max.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read!!! Really enjoyed this book and the adventures throughout. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit underwhelming I enjoy John Green's books in general. However, this one was lacking compared to his other novels, in my opinion. As with his other novels, there is a topical message behind this story. It begins with a lot of excitement and gusto, but leads a comparably dull resolution.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS NOW I read this book and it is so amazing. I couldn't stop reading this book. i would recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't like it... This book is basically like all the rest, it's about a nerdy guy who gets the girl of his dreams...personally not for me.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie Of course it's better than the movie, and the movie was pretty good. An interesting and page turning story and relatable characters.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An easy way to pass time This book is an easy way to casually pass time. Easy read. Simply written. Adventurous. Not a page turner or anything addictive. Over all good but not great. Another average book from JG
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adventurous If your looking for book full of mystery and adventure, look no further because you have found it. This book will not disappoint
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST A must buy, a must own, a must read
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Youd think it goes one way, but ends to great
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Lovely book, just so wonderful
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious This book completely changed my perspective of how we view society. Paper towns are real, and sadly, so are people.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Borrow don't buy At times this book was ok but for the most part I hated the characters. I'm so glad that I borrowed this from a friend and didn't pay for it. The movie is a bit different from the book but I don't even not which I thought was better/worse.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this! This story is peppered with comedy and revolves around the disappearance of a young girl. It is a semi-transitional love story with a twist ending.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Favourite John Green book. Shame the movie didn't do it justice!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book Loved it so much, I wish a boy like Quentin Jacobsen lived next door to me and admired me as he had Margo Roth Speigelman.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome book storyline kind of threw me off, but after rereading it im liking it more. recommended may-august read (just because the mood and the weather feels nicer as it correlates with the story's mood and atmosphere too)
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this story Great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would read again :)
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Totally recommend, This book was so awesome. Some may not like the ending but I feel it was perfect. The film adaptation was not good as they changed the ending, book was far far better.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good its a great book just thought it would be a lot different, its great because it shows a lot more realistic things but also is kinda of a fairy tale without the fairy tale type ending
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to the hype I started reading this book because so many people has recommended it, but I found it a little boring and would have rather saved the time I spent reading and just watched the movie.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This was a fantastic read. There is so much in this book to savour and enjoy
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it cut, fun read with an interesting story #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Award Winning Author John Green Does It Again John Green does not disappoint avid readers with his award-winning book, Paper Towns. A classic book for all ages and a wonderful read for the weekends. A couple months ago, a friend recommended me Paper Towns. Knowing her to be a book enthusiast, I followed her recommendation and found a thrilling novel full of twists and turns. I bought the book on sale on so I got the book for only $10, but it's still a great book nonetheless. I recommend it for anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite This is by far my favorite John Green book. It has a good plot and interesting characters, but what sealed the deal for me was the way it changed my view of the relationships we have with everyone in our life. It opened my eyes to the fact that sometimes we see people for what we want or expect them to be and not for who they really are. Definitely was one of those book that left me thinking and staring into empty space once I finished it. Cannot recommend enough.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite This is by far my favorite John Green book. It has a good plot and interesting characters, but what sealed the deal for me was the way it changed my view of the relationships we have with everyone in our life. It opened my eyes to the fact that sometimes we see people for what we want or expect them to be and not for who they really are. Definitely was one of those book that left me thinking and staring into empty space once I finished it. Cannot recommend enough.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I love this story! It is so cute! I really liked all the development of the characters, John Green did a great job capturing the teenage life!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!! Firstly, I'm a HUGE fan of Green's work. His novels are lovely and definitly speak to the young adult audience. Paper towns does that and so much more. If you have not yet read this book, you definitly should!!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fell in love! One of my all time favourite John Green books. Not much like the movie which is a bonus
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I liked the comedy and seriousness of the book and the characters
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good book! I had such high hopes for this book and it mostly lived up to it. The narrative was good and the plot line was okay, a bit far fetched if you ask me. The ending was the downside for me, it seemed to pull down the entire book. Made me laugh, get angry and cry so that warrants four stars in my eyes.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from John Green does not disappoint. This is a very well written novel that I would definitely read again and again. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright It was an alright book. I didn't really understand the motives of the characters and the story line seemed a little far fetched for me, but the book was pretty good nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great summer read! a great book to read if you have lots of free time over the summer! it's a really eye-opening literature about ~*the power of friendship*~ and I know that's kind of cheesy but it's a really nice story. if you plan on watching the movie, definitely read the book first because it makes the movie SO much better, seeing my friends' different reactions (ones who read the book vs ones who didn't) and also based on my experience of reading it way before there was a movie announced.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I relate a lot to Quentin and it was really fun to try and solve the mystery of Margo along with the characters. Great book and another win for John Green!!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a good read, emotionally-charged
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Missing something Great story line, but when I was finished reading I felt like the story needed more, felt like it took so long to get to the climax and then just ended.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Fun read, disappointing ending though.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER I flew through this book. It was absolutly incredable
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love this story! My friend read and she gave it to me to read and I couldn't put it down! I love all the characters and they all felt so relatable! I loved this book
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Not my favourite, but definitely a fast and fun read!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Not my favourite, but definitely a fast and fun read!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Eye-Opening Green's coming of age novel is a mixture of both adventure and mystery, which provides an enticing backdrop for the novel's central arguments - that we are all multi-faceted individuals, searching for acceptance and a way to be ourselves in a world that is constantly imaging us as someone that we are not. Extremely entertaining and deeply moving, Paper Towns is a novel that I would recommend to both teenagers and adults alike.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull I found this novel rather dull. There was nothing about it that made me feel attached or intrigued by it. I could not have cared less about how it ended or what happened to any of the characters which are signs of poor literature and plot development. All in all, John Green is a very boring author. The only novel of his that I even slightly enjoyed was The Fault In Our Stars, however I give most of that credit to the touching and "close to home" subject matter.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from john green is the best This author always ties in some meaningful messages into all of his novels!! Great lessons to be learnt
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incomparable! I LOVE this author. Thought provoking reads, each time. I found myself trying to figure out the clues nearly as hard as the protagonist. Smart, SMART characters, I would read this again in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Took Forever to Get Through I have to say, I was originally excited about this book. The plot seemed interesting and I thought that it would be a great started off a good read and then just started to get as slow as possible. I put it down many times and left it for a bit in between readings. Just not for me.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This is my favourite John Green book!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better I started off as a good read, btu as the book progressed, it got a little slow. Personally i think the ending could have been different. But otherwise, it was a good read.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better I started off as a good read, btu as the book progressed, it got a little slow. Personally i think the ending could have been different. But otherwise, it was a good read.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was pretty good. I hoped for a better end to the book, but overall it was a good read and it had a good pace to it.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was pretty good. it was pretty good. I hoped for a better end to the book, but overall it was a good read and it had a good pace to it.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was pretty good. it was pretty good. I hoped for a better end to the book, but overall it was a good read and it had a good pace to it.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best I think everyone has a Margo in their life, and I think all of John Green's books have a Margo as well. Paper Towns told the story of Margo best though.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great John Green book Great story that had me turning the pages to finish it!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My aunt liked this book so much she borrowed it and and never returned it I've had this book for what seems like forever, and I've read it quite a few times. It could have gone a little farther, stirred up my emotions a bit, but still enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favourite This is probably my favourite John Green novel. The characters were great, plot was interesting, and the concept as a whole was fresh. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite John Green Book Out of all the John Green books, this is the one that I remember the most details about three years later. I loved the concept of the story. The movie doesn't do it justice at all
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read I really enjoyed this book, your always wondering whats going to happen next! (don't watch the movie! Its terrible, nothing to do with the book really)
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from John Green's Best I really liked this one!! John Green's quirky writing style fit well with this eerie plot.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a page turner! I loved reading this book! It was well written and very creative!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had so much potential This book was wonderful in the beginning. However, it slowly became dull after a few chapters. It is still a good read, but be prepared for some lifeless chapters. (But if are ever to debate if you should watch the movie or read the book of paper towns; the book is a given because the movie really sucked.)
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scared to watch the movie I honestly only read the book to find something new to read and because u wanted to watch the movie after reading it. I liked the whole adventure and the constant questioning of what's going to happen next but I personally thought it was so good I'm scared to watcthe movie because I don't want to be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I absolutely loved this story it was fun and exciting but with and important mystery to be solved. It was interesting, a page turner, and I definitely felt all the emotions
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Book I read this book while on vacation a few years back and i couldn't put it down! Such a good read! Love John Greens books!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I love John Green so much, and this book is wonderful in different ways than Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars because it doesnt rip your heart out. The story is good and the characters are loveable
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mehh Well it is a classic John Green book but unfortunately this one was kinda boring... I can see where the characters are coming from but I still don't get why they do what they do...
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh This book was kind of boring in my opinion. I expected it to be more romantic and not all mystery. I stopped reading it just because it didn't interest me at all.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Papertowns The middle section felt a bit slow, and it seemed weird that Quentin was the only person in town genuinely worried about this missing girl, and even he goes to a party, so tone-wise, I wasn’t sure about this, but the final third of the book was thoroughly entertaining with a road trip and secondary characters I really enjoyed. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Burn But Still Good This rating is more in comparison to his other works. It is a great book, just not John Green's best. I read this book right after finishing "The Fault in Our Stars" which proved to be a bit of a mistake on my part since the two books call on very different sets of emotions. "Paper Towns" was gripping and kept hold of my attention in order to deliver me a story that was riddle with mystery and suspense. It read like a murder mystery (sans murder) and provide the reader with in depth character development that allowed for relation to be formed between reality and the fiction of the book. I will admit I was underwhelmed by the ending, but what I always have said is, "Yes, it was not what I wanted; HOWEVER, it was justified." Sometimes we don't get the endings that we want and that is the listen that both the reader and characters within this book must learn together. Pick it up if you are a fan of any of John Green's work (literature or his YouTude channels) and enjoy a truly unique book that once again explores the chaos that is adolescence.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not bad it was simular to the movie, but I like both so I'd way it's worth reading
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good at all. I bought this book and I tried very hard to finish it, but the story was too slow and boring to me.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I have become a John Green fan. This book is comparable to The Fault In Our Stars, but altogether different.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Had such a fun story to follow along. The characters were so funny and amazing that it was hard not to finish the book in a day.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright Not Green's best work in my opinion, but still a good read for a YA novel
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the situational strangety John Green books are never cookie cutter and that is what I love about his writing. This book is no different. It bothered me through the middle how selfish the main characters were acting but then I realized that, that made the characters even more real.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ! Buy this! You won't regret it!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better then the movie I loved the mystery aspect of the book. I love those road trip books that include self discovery and crazy fun times, and this book, though it's not advertised for it, delivered! Definitely way better then the movie!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't the best I feel like I would have loved this book when I was 13 or 14 but I felt like this book was trying to hard, I didn't hate it but I definitely didn't love it.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book Every single John Green book that I've read so far has been okay, this one is no exception. I did like this more than TFIOS though.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than TFIOS I thought this was a better story than TFIOS. That's not to say that TFIOS wasn't AMAZING because it was. This book just really got to me. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit slow... Although I liked the book's premise, it had potential to be better. I liked it but I found the progression of the plot to be quite slow. I often caught myself rushing through pages to finish the book so I could pick up another book.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit slow A good book, but not my favourite. It is a bit slow.
Date published: 2017-03-30

Read from the Book

PROLOGUEThe way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman. Our subdivision, Jefferson Park, used to be a navy base. But then the navy didn’t need it anymore, so it returned the land to the citizens of Orlando, Florida, who decided to build a massive subdivision, because that’s what Florida does with land. My parents and Margo’s parents ended up moving next door to one another just after the first houses were built. Margo and I were two.Before Jefferson Park was a Pleasantville, and before it was a navy base, it belonged to an actual Jefferson, this guy Dr. Jefferson Jefferson. Dr. Jefferson Jefferson has a school named after him in Orlando and also a large charitable foundation, but the fascinating and unbelievable-but-true thing about Dr. Jefferson Jefferson is that he was not a doctor of any kind. He was just an orange juice salesman named Jefferson Jefferson. When he became rich and powerful, he went to court, made “Jefferson” his middle name, and then changed his first name to “Dr.” Capital D. Lowercase r. Period. So Margo and I were nine. Our parents were friends, so we would sometimes play together, biking past the cul-de-sacced streets to Jefferson Park itself, the hub of our subdivision’s wheel.I always got very nervous whenever I heard that Margo was about to show up, on account of how she was the most fantastically gorgeous creature that God had ever created. On the morning in question, she wore white shorts and a pink T-shirt that featured a green dragon breathing a fire of orange glitter. It is difficult to explain how awesome I found this T-shirt at the time.Margo, as always, biked standing up, her arms locked as she leaned above the handlebars, her purple sneakers a circuitous blur. It was a steam-hot day in March. The sky was clear, but the air tasted acidic, like it might storm later.At the time, I fancied myself an inventor, and after we locked up our bikes and began the short walk across the park to the playground, I told Margo about an idea I had for an invention called the Ringolator. The Ringolator was a gigantic cannon that would shoot big, colored rocks into a very low orbit, giving Earth the same sort of rings that Saturn has. (I still think this would be a fine idea, but it turns out that building a cannon that can shoot boulders into a low orbit is fairly complicated.)I’d been in this park so many times before that it was mapped in my mind, so we were only a few steps inside when I began to sense that the world was out of order, even though I couldn’t immediately figure out what was different.“Quentin,” Margo said quietly, calmly.She was pointing. And then I realized what was different.There was a live oak a few feet ahead of us. Thick and gnarled and ancient-looking. That was not new. The playground on our right. Not new, either. But now, a guy wearing a gray suit, slumped against the trunk of the oak tree. Not moving. This was new. He was encircled by blood; a half-dried fountain of it poured out of his mouth. The mouth open in a way that mouths generally shouldn’t be. Flies at rest on his pale forehead.“He’s dead,” Margo said, as if I couldn’t tell.I took two small steps backward. I remember thinking that if I made any sudden movements, he might wake up and attack me. Maybe he was a zombie. I knew zombies weren’t real, but he sure looked like a potential zombie.As I took those two steps back, Margo took two equally small and quiet steps forward. “His eyes are open,” she said.“Wegottagohome,” I said.“I thought you closed your eyes when you died,” she said.“Margowegottagohomeandtell.”She took another step. She was close enough now to reach out and touch his foot. “What do you think happened to him?” she asked. “Maybe it was drugs or something.”I didn’t want to leave Margo alone with the dead guy who might be an attack zombie, but I also didn’t care to stand around and chat about the circumstances of his demise. I gathered my courage and stepped forward to take her hand. “Margowegottagorightnow!”“Okay, yeah,” she said. We ran to our bikes, my stomach churning with something that felt exactly like excitement, but wasn’t. We got on our bikes and I let her go in front of me because I was crying and didn’t want her to see. I could see blood on the soles of her purple sneakers. His blood. The dead guy blood.And then we were back home in our separate houses. My parents called 911, and I heard the sirens in the distance and asked to see the fire trucks, but my mom said no. Then I took a nap.Both my parents are therapists, which means that I am really goddamned well adjusted. So when I woke up, I had a long conversation with my mom about the cycle of life, and how death is part of life, but not a part of life I needed to be particularly concerned about at the age of nine, and I felt better. Honestly, I never worried about it much. Which is saying something, because I can do some worrying.Here’s the thing: I found a dead guy. Little, adorable nine-year-old me and my even littler and more adorable playdate found a guy with blood pouring out of his mouth, and that blood was on her little, adorable sneakers as we biked home. It’s all very dramatic and everything, but so what? I didn’t know the guy. People I don’t know die all the damned time. If I had a nervous breakdown every time something awful happened in the world, I’d be crazier than a shithouse rat. That night, I went into my room at nine o’clock to go to bed, because nine o’clock was my bedtime. My mom tucked me in, told me she loved me, and I said, “See you tomorrow,” and she said, “See you tomorrow,” and then she turned out the lights and closed the door almost-all-the-way.As I turned on my side, I saw Margo Roth Spiegelman standing outside my window, her face almost pressed against the screen. I got up and opened the window, but the screen stayed between us, pixelating her.“I did an investigation,” she said quite seriously. Even up close the screen broke her face apart, but I could tell that she was holding a little notebook and a pencil with teeth marks around the eraser. She glanced down at her notes. “Mrs. Feldman from over on Jefferson Court said his name was Robert Joyner. She told me he lived on Jefferson Road in one of those condos on top of the grocery store, so I went over there and there were a bunch of policemen, and one of them asked if I worked at the school paper, and I said our school didn’t have a paper, and he said as long as I wasn’t a journalist he would answer my questions. He said Robert Joyner was thirty-six years old. A lawyer. They wouldn’t let me in the apartment, but a lady named Juanita Alvarez lives next door to him, and I got into her apartment by asking if I could borrow a cup of sugar, and then she said that Robert Joyner had killed himself with a gun. And then I asked why, and then she told me that he was getting a divorce and was sad about it.”She stopped then, and I just looked at her, her face gray and moonlit and split into a thousand little pieces by the weave of the window screen. Her wide, round eyes flitted back and forth from her notebook to me. “Lots of people get divorces and don’t kill themselves,” I said.“I know,” she said, excitement in her voice. “That’s what I told Juanita Alvarez. And then she said . . .” Margo flipped the notebook page. “She said that Mr. Joyner was troubled. And then I asked what that meant, and then she told me that we should just pray for him and that I needed to take the sugar to my mom, and I said forget the sugar and left.”I said nothing again. I just wanted her to keep talking—that small voice tense with the excitement of almost knowing things, making me feel like something important was happening to me.“I think I maybe know why,” she finally said.“Why?”“Maybe all the strings inside him broke,” she said.While I tried to think of something to say in answer to that, I reached forward and pressed the lock on the screen between us, dislodging it from the window. I placed the screen on the floor, but she didn’t give me a chance to speak. Before I could sit back down, she just raised her face up toward me and whispered, “Shut the window.” So I did. I thought she would leave, but she just stood there, watching me. I waved at her and smiled, but her eyes seemed fixed on something behind me, something monstrous that had already drained the blood from her face, and I felt too afraid to turn around to see. But there was nothing behind me, of course—except maybe the dead guy.I stopped waving. My head was level with hers as we stared at each other from opposite sides of the glass. I don’t remember how it ended—if I went to bed or she did. In my memory, it doesn’t end. We just stay there, looking at each other, forever. Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.PART ONEThe Strings1.The longest day of my life began tardily. I woke up late, took too long in the shower, and ended up having to enjoy my breakfast in the passenger seat of my mom’s minivan at 7:17 that Wednesday morning.I usually got a ride to school with my best friend, Ben Starling, but Ben had gone to school on time, making him useless to me. “On time” for us was thirty minutes before school actually started, because the half hour before the first bell was the highlight of our social calendars: standing outside the side door that led into the band room and just talking. Most of my friends were in band, and most of my free time during school was spent within twenty feet of the band room. But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness. I was going to be twenty minutes late, which technically meant that I’d still be ten minutes early for school itself.As she drove, Mom was asking me about classes and finals and prom.“I don’t believe in prom,” I reminded her as she rounded a corner. I expertly angled my raisin bran to accommodate the g-forces. I’d done this before.“Well, there’s no harm in just going with a friend. I’m sure you could ask Cassie Hiney.” And I could have asked Cassie Hiney, who was actually perfectly nice and pleasant and cute, despite having a fantastically unfortunate last name.“It’s not just that I don’t like prom. I also don’t like people who like prom,” I explained, although this was, in point of fact, untrue. Ben was absolutely gaga over the idea of going.Mom turned into school, and I held the mostly empty bowl with both hands as we drove over a speed bump. I glanced over at the senior parking lot. Margo Roth Spiegelman’s silver Honda was parked in its usual spot. Mom pulled the minivan into a cul-de-sac outside the band room and kissed me on the cheek. I could see Ben and my other friends standing in a semicircle.I walked up to them, and the half circle effortlessly expanded to include me. They were talking about my ex-girlfriend Suzie Chung, who played cello and was apparently creating quite a stir by dating a baseball player named Taddy Mac. Whether this was his given name, I did not know. But at any rate, Suzie had decided to go to prom with Taddy Mac. Another casualty.“Bro,” said Ben, standing across from me. He nodded his head and turned around. I followed him out of the circle and through the door. A small, olive-skinned creature who had hit puberty but never hit it very hard, Ben had been my best friend since fifth grade, when we both finally owned up to the fact that neither of us was likely to attract anyone else as a best friend. Plus, he tried hard, and I liked that—most of the time.“How ya doin’?” I asked. We were safely inside, everyone else’s conversations making ours inaudible.“Radar is going to prom,” he said morosely. Radar was our other best friend. We called him Radar because he looked like a little bespectacled guy called Radar on this old TV show M*A*S*H, except 1. The TV Radar wasn’t black, and 2. At some point after the nicknaming, our Radar grew about six inches and started wearing contacts, so I suppose that 3. He actually didn’t look like the guy on M*A*S*H at all, but 4. With three and a half weeks left of high school, we weren’t very well going to renickname him.“That girl Angela?” I asked. Radar never told us anything about his love life, but this did not dissuade us from frequent speculation.Ben nodded, and then said, “You know my big plan to ask a freshbunny to prom because they’re the only girls who don’t know the Bloody Ben story?” I nodded.“Well,” Ben said, “this morning some darling little ninth-grade honeybunny came up to me and asked me if I was Bloody Ben, and I began to explain that it was a kidney infection, and she giggled and ran away. So that’s out.”In tenth grade, Ben was hospitalized for a kidney infection, but Becca Arrington, Margo’s best friend, started a rumor that the real reason he had blood in his urine was due to chronic masturbation. Despite its medical implausibility, this story had haunted Ben ever since. “That sucks,” I said.Ben started outlining plans for finding a date, but I was only half listening, because through the thickening mass of humanity crowding the hallway, I could see Margo Roth Spiegelman. She was next to her locker, standing beside her boyfriend, Jase. She wore a white skirt to her knees and a blue print top. I could see her collarbone. She was laughing at something hysterical—her shoulders bent forward, her big eyes crinkling at their corners, her mouth open wide. But it didn’t seem to be anything Jase had said, because she was looking away from him, across the hallway to a bank of lockers. I followed her eyes and saw Becca Arrington draped all over some baseball player like she was an ornament and he a Christmas tree. I smiled at Margo, even though I knew she couldn’t see me.“Bro, you should just hit that. Forget about Jase. God, that is one candy-coated honeybunny.” As we walked, I kept taking glances at her through the crowd, quick snapshots: a photographic series entitled Perfection Stands Still While Mortals Walk Past. As I got closer, I thought maybe she wasn’t laughing after all. Maybe she’d received a surprise or a gift or something. She couldn’t seem to close her mouth.“Yeah,” I said to Ben, still not listening, still trying to see as much of her as I could without being too obvious. It wasn’t even that she was so pretty. She was just so awesome, and in the literal sense. And then we were too far past her, too many people walking between her and me, and I never even got close enough to hear her speak or understand whatever the hilarious surprise had been. Ben shook his head, because he had seen me see her a thousand times, and he was used to it.“Honestly, she’s hot, but she’s not that hot. You know who’s seriously hot?”“Who?” I asked.“Lacey,” he said, who was Margo’s other best friend. “Also your mom. Bro, I saw your mom kiss you on the cheek this morning, and forgive me, but I swear to God I was like, man, I wish I was Q. And also, I wish my cheeks had penises.” I elbowed him in the ribs, but I was still thinking about Margo, because she was the only legend who lived next door to me. Margo Roth Spiegelman, whose six-syllable name was often spoken in its entirety with a kind of quiet reverence. Margo Roth Spiegelman, whose stories of epic adventures would blow through school like a summer storm: an old guy living in a broken-down house in Hot Coffee, Mississippi, taught Margo how to play the guitar. Margo Roth Spiegelman, who spent three days traveling with the circus—they thought she had potential on the trapeze. Margo Roth Spiegelman, who drank a cup of herbal tea with The Mallionaires backstage after a concert in St. Louis while they drank whiskey. Margo Roth Spiegelman, who got into that concert by telling the bouncer she was the bassist’s girlfriend, and didn’t they recognize her, and come on guys seriously, my name is Margo Roth Spiegelman and if you go back there and ask the bassist to take one look at me, he will tell you that I either am his girlfriend or he wishes I was, and then the bouncer did so, and then the bassist said “yeah that’s my girlfriend let her in the show,” and then later the bassist wanted to hook up with her and she rejected the bassist from The Mallionaires.The stories, when they were shared, inevitably ended with, I mean, can you believe it? We often could not, but they always proved true.And then we were at our lockers. Radar was leaning against Ben’s locker, typing into a handheld device.“So you’re going to prom,” I said to him. He looked up, and then looked back down.

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult MysteryNew York Times bestsellerUSA Today bestsellerPublishers Weekly bestsellerA Booklist Best Book of the YearAn SLJ Best Book of the YearA 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.”—Kirkus"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