Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns by John Green

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. ...
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Title:Paper TownsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 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

Reviews

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 indigo.ca 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 read...it 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i cried john green always has a way to make me love every bit of his books
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite John Green This book was my favourite John Green book. It was just so much fun. A bit sad, but it was exciting and I had a good time reading it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Story very good story! characters are all relatable
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great books i got this a while again but i totally read this book again and again. it always leaves not knowning what is going to happen even when you read for the second time. i just love how he never gives up. truly love, <3
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. I enjoyed reading this book when I was in high school.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Margot..ugh Some queenbees are just really dumb and selfish. Thats how i found margot. Liked fault in out stars better
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Definitely enjoyed the ride but the ending was not really something you'd hope for in a book, but it is kind of on the realistic side in that sense.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Paper Towns is one of my favorite books of all time. John Green is a wonderful author, and I do enjoy his books but there's something about Paper Towns that makes me love it. It's funny in a way that lightens up the book and makes it the perfect read for rainy days. For me it wasn't particularly suspenseful, but that's another thing I love about it, the book is just so light and wonderful that I just keep coming back to it. The characters are memorable and the message of the story is just great. It is extremely well written in a way that I can imagine almost the entire story. Maybe it's the fact that this was my first John Green novel, but I've definitely enjoyed this one more than the rest. It is simply the kind of book that makes you happy, and that's why I love it. Also, though the movie did cut out a few good parts it is definitely worth watching.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I really wanted to like this book... But.... It was only okay. From all the praise I heard about it, I was expecting there to be a point to the book, a real story. It just sort of ends with no real climax or proper ending. It had its moments when it was funny and clever, but overall, it's a pretty forgettable read.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book wasn't the worst book. The journey to finding Margo was interesting. Just not the best book.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memories Paper Towns was the first book by John Green I ever read. Maybe it's the nostalgia, but I've loved the story ever since. While it's often sold as a story of a boy in search of a manic pixie dream girl that reminds him that she's just human like everyone else, I think my favourite parts of this book were the ones that explored his friendships. How much more end-of-high-school-narrative can you get than three best friends going on one last crazy adventure before parting ways? I recognize that this book is not classic literature, but it is a reminder that the people we need in life are those support systems that stand by us and help us through some of our most misguided moments. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No. I don't think I enjoyed a single part of the book.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This was a very interesting and different read true to other books by John Green. I love his way of writing.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A little disappointed While I absolutely loved the Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns really didn't do anything for me. I thought that the plot was rather bland and felt like nothing was really happening throughout the book. Not his best in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from way better than the movie This book was wayyyyyyy better than the movie was. It ended with a happier, more fun filled ending and it was entertaining to read.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from John Green's writing is always nice, but... ...the nerdy boy finds meaning in his life through manic pixie dream girl thing gets kind of old. I mean, on one hand, this deconstructs that a bit by the end by insisting that Margo is a real person (not a spoiler: female characters should be considered actual people?), but on the other hand, the protagonist...still spends the entire book making a quirky girl the centre of his universe and she ultimately changes his life. So. If you're looking to read more John Green after The Fault in Our Stars, I'd suggest giving Will Grayson, Will Grayson a try. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing going on for it. This book is boring with no redeemable qualities. There is nothing interesting about this book, not the characters, not the story, nothing. The characters are pretty one-dimensional despite attempts at doing the contrary and the plot is a huge let down, don't waste your money.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of disappointing By far this is not John's best book. The prologue could be more engaging.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing best book ive read in a while
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite John Green Novel This book was such an enjoyable read. It was a light-hearted, funny, mystery with an amazing message. The ending is definitely what makes it my favourite book by John Green. Completely destroys a huge trope.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Next best after TFiOS Out of Looking For Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, I have to say that Paper Towns is probably the most enjoyable. It's the same pattern in all 3 books where there's the geeky awkward male protagonist along with his best friend/sidekick who cracks too many dirty jokes for his own good yet is still quite likable. The girl/love interest is always popular, gorgeous and out of the main character's league but somehow they connect and a romance may or may not develop between them. In the case of Paper Towns, Quentin aka Q to his friends has always loved his neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman since he was a child. Or at least, he's in love with the idea of her. So one night, she enters Q's bedroom and gets him to drive her all over their hometown to take her revenge on several classmates that have betrayed her. After that night is over, she's gone and Q is left wondering where she disappeared to this time. Q has two best friends Ben (the dirty-minded one) and Radar (the sensible one whose family owns a ginormous collection of black Santas hahaha and is also one of my fave characters). They help Q out with clues that Margo has left in a poetry book by Whitman and many other things. Also Lacey, one of Margo's closest friends enters their trio and everyone is brought together with the common goal of finding Margo. (At least Q and Lacey are determined and Q's friends are just supportive). Anyway, the gang try to enjoy life before graduation with prom and parties while still deciphering clues to find Margo. In the final part of the book, they head out on a 21-hour road trip at last to see if Margo is there once and for all. That was probably my favourite part.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It! Yet again, John kills me with his heartbreaking endings. One day, I hope he writes a happy ending. But other than that, I loved this book!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i liked the movie I think it could use a better ending tho
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read This book was an amazing read, but there is too much information left out of the book, I never understood why she played these games, it just did not seem important because we never learned anything about her.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan Can't say I liked Margo very much. Makes the book a difficult read when you don't like one of the main characters... I just never understood her or her "appeal." Just a "meh" book and story.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect. Wonderfully destroys the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So Disappointing I loved Q. I loved the idea of an end-of-high-school road trip with all of Q's friends. I even loved Q's friends. BUT MARGOT. My God, she is so irritating and the ending of this book is such a travesty, it ruined the entire experience for me. I can't believe the ending. Just... no.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well... It was a decent read. Not John Green's best, however it's still a good book and it's far better than the movie adaption. Don't watch the movie and then not read the book just because of the movie. It was fun going on this adventure with Q, but the ending was a little lacking.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OKAY i thought this book would be really good, but i didn't really enjoy it as much as i thought i would
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth it Although I enjoyed the adventure in the book, the ending just made me feel like I wasted my time reading it
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from dont know feel like it had a way deeper meaning than i could grasp onto, this IS teenagers were talking about. not philosophers.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I was so drawn into this book while reading. I appreciate how it deconstructs the idea of the manic pixie dream girl.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Had a lot of hype, and it was a pretty good read, but it got a little boring sometimes. Overall, it was good. Just watch out for the ninjas
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite John Green Book Lots of John Green books feel very similar, no doubt. But I felt the least surprised by the direction of this tale, and I definitely felt like a teenager again reading it. This could have been me and my friends, for sure!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It really opens your eyes on how short your high school years are. Definitely something you should read before you graduate.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was sort of boring. Not made. But boring.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I didn't enjoy this book, read it until the end hoping to get something from it but was disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green forever! This man can do no wrong. A great read for any John Green fan!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adventure from the beginning This book started right off with adventure. I was hooked on Margo and Q's relationship right from the beginning. The fist half of the book promised an astounding read but the quest and the hints that were amazing led me to a disappointing and anticlimactic the ending. Still loved the beginning stages.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! John Green has a way with words. Read this after The Fault in Our Stars, loved it! Watching the movie after was truly enjoyable because it was like falling in love with the story all over again...
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Didn't like it when I first read it but the second time around I enjoyed it a lot!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong start, weak finishing. This book was great, although for some reason it reminded me of Looking for Alaska. Quentin was kind of similar to Miles Halter in Looking for Alaska. Well other than that, this book was a nice read. The ending was terrible though.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good story So I did very much enjoy this book. It was fun, adventurous and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. I felt a little cheated by the ending, though. I Almost felt like all the feelings and thoughts that I had for more than half the book was just all pointless. Not telling you why or how it left me feeling disappointed, but it did. 4 stars for this one. It has 5 star potential, but..... You missed this one for me, John. I forgive you, though. :p
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from john green, i love you! Well, that book was really something. John Green: you're an amazing writer. I love contemporary-real-life-new-town-new-life kind of books and Paper Towns was definitely one of the best I have read thus far. It was an easy read in the sense that I wanted to know what would happen so I wouldn't put it down, but on the other hand, I had to really read it. I needed to understand the message of the author which took time and patience. This novel had me laughing, had me confused, frustrated, angry, sad, remorseful and longing for things to happen all at the same time. The only thing I regret about this novel is not reading it sooner! It sure was an eye-opener. Parts 1 & 2 First and foremost, Quentin Jacobsen = the best narrator of all time. Honestly, reading the book from his perspective made the my entire reading experience so interesting and worthwhile He was funny, honest, smart and dedicated to everything he does. Also, one thing that allowed me to understand and appreciate this book even more, is that he was real. The issues and events that Green packs into this novel really show the silent struggles that some teenagers can come across and it was interesting to see how Q handled them. He didn't really know who the real Margo Roth Spiegelman was. The girl next door that shared that same traumatic life event with him, bonding them in some sort of strange way, was not the paper-girl version that she made herself out to be. But who was she? Nobody knew. I liked this idea of the book as it made for a really interesting storyline. It is true though. Do we ever really know one another? Margo just wanted to get away from the people around her and the life she was living - she was tired, really. Aside from the main plot, I quite enjoyed the relationships made throughout the novel. Quentin's closest friends are Ben and Radar and no one else really. As soon as Margo is out of the picture and everyone is missing her, the two groups of friends come together and realize that they aren't that much different from one another. They're all seniors, all graduating, some going to college, other not. I thought that was interesting - to see how, even when she wasn't there anymore, how they were all affected by Margo in one way or another. Part 3 The road-trip. Full of laughs, full of life lessons (one of them being, don't forget to pee before you enter a vehicle for a day-long journey) and just so real. To say I loved this part the most would be a lie because I loved all three equally though I did like how John Green wrapped it up so nicely. Although some may say this novel was all about this moment and it just kind of let you down, I don't agree with this. Sure, some may want the fairytale ending, but that's not always how real life is. Most importantly, in the end he found out who the real Margo was, what she has been writing in the notebook for so many years and what she though of Q himself. And don't forget: they promised they would keep in touch! This coming-of-age novel is a story of adventure, overcoming everyday struggles and most importantly finding yourself: something everyone, everywhere must do one time or another in their lives. John Green did a great job in portraying the life of an everyday teenager and impressed me thoroughly. 5 stars for Paper Towns.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Was forced to read this book, but so glad I did! Definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not terrible but not great The characters were interesting but not in the right way, I felt no real emotion toward them. I wasn't a fan of the plot but I'm a pretty picky person. I was almost glad to soon be done reading it by the end. Looking for Alaska was much better.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it. it's not hard for me to get bored of reading a certain book with a lame plot. PAper Towns was not one of those certain books. it was amazing, i was always so interest in what was going to happen next, where they would think she was going to be next. it was really good, definitely a favourite of mine.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unlikable Characters Most of the teen characters in Green's novels are quirky to say the least but I found the ones in this book to be the worst! Extremely pretentious and lacking depth. I found that I enjoyed the parts when things blew up in their faces more than the "happy ending" they got in the end. Would only recommend if you like seeing good things happen to horrible people.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Read Was easy to read, story was good but didn't feel like much happened overall.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Novel I chose this book on a whim and am so glad that I did. Once I picked it up, I kid you not, I could not stop until I had finished it, and then I thought about it constantly. It causes you to really think and let go of your prior opinions on life. It is so real and unlike any other book that I have read.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I was originally mad about a certain part, but after I thought about it, it actually made the most sense. It is a fun book.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. Story line and plot were alright. I didn't find myself turning pages with excitement as I normally do with John Green's novels. I'd still recommend it if you're a fan of his work, but it's not something I would read again.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Book This book was entertaining. The characters were interesting however the story fell short of some of his other works.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful Protagonist I absolutely love the protagonist of this novel, and Margot was pretty good too. The ending is really bizarre (and totally killed the novel for me), but otherwise this was a great read.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I thought I would love this book but the storyline wasn't what I thought. Wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I did not like this book at all. I feel the book has no point at all. It was a waste time.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ehh this book did not live up to my expectations. i honestly thought it would be better but i was bored 80% of the time and when things began to pick up it just went back to boring. john green is a very talented writer and the storyline had potential but i guess it wasn't executed as well as it could have.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Written! I bought this book a while back, and didn't have much time to read it. I finally picked it up, and am so happy that I did. It had some action, and mystery, along with some young adult/realistic fiction/romance, to keep the story going. The only downfall to this book is that sometimes it got a bit dragged out, because you could tell what would happen next.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Male Protag I loved the male protagonist. Margot is wild, carefree (which I like). The ending is a little bizarre, but overall it's a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped John Green is a very good writer and his style of writing is phenomenal however, I found this book to be average and I didnt think this book was very unique. In my opinion, the book was well writen but lacked some originality and uniqueness, something that made me want to keep reading until the end and something that that made this book special
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good. I enjoyed it but wasn't as good as the fault in our stars!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Read this book a few years back and I remember being so emotionally invested in the characters and the storyline! John Green's writing in this book makes you really feel for these characters and being a younger reader myself, I was really able to relate and empathize as well. I think this book will stay relevant for quite a while in terms of themes about coming of age, identity, etc. The book does start off a bit slow in the beginning but once you get into it, it's definitely hard to put down. I liked this book way more than TFIOS to be honest! Great read!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of My Favorite John Green Novel Such a good novel and movie. So many inspiring quotes. I loved it
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good book For a teenager, this is a good book. It talks about the love, adventure, and reminds the reader about the naivety, and youthfulness before the end of high school. I felt like I was I there with the main character as I read the book. One of my favourites by John Green.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun book A great adventure, couldn't put it down for the first hundred pages
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't Live Up To The Hype I think every person who's a part of the book community has heard of John Green. Time and time again his name came up as friend's gave me book recommendations, and finally I decided it was high time I read one of his books. After reading the synopsis of this one, I just knew that this was the perfect John Green book for me to start out with, and so began my first foray into the John Green world. However, as I began reading this book I came to the horrible realization that I wasn't enjoying it at all. All that build up from my friends over his books, and I didn't find the main character funny, I thought Margo's character wasn't worth chasing in the first place, and I really didn't like the writing style. Unfortunately, my opinion hadn't changed by the end of the novel, and I was also highly underwhelmed by the ending. Unfortunately, this book was just not for me, which was so disappointing as I was prepared to love it.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. I love John Green, I think he's great, but wow did this book disappoint. I guess for one, I couldn't handle his repeated portrayal of a manic pixie dream girl. The mystery in this book was great, but Margo was such an underdeveloped character, it kinda ruins the book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from a step down from the fault in our stars I found this book a step down compared to Green's other books. I had a hard time finishing this book
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I absoultely loved this loved this book. It is one of my most favorite books of all time.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice book, not as good Paper Towns is good, but not as great as some of John Green's others
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A meaningful novel Green's books really make you step back and think about the world through new a new lens. This book was no different.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Green's Best Not one of Green's better books, it was delightful and witty but it wasn't the best.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read it's good but it's not as good as the "the fault in our star"
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, but like every other John Green's book If you haven't read any of his book, you'll like it! It is about self-discovery and firendship and has humour. But, if you have read his other books, be aware that they are really much alike. I found that the characters of Quentin and Margo were exactly like Miles and Alaska from Looking for Alaska, but that the plot was not that much interesting. but maybe it's just me being tired of the trope of the lonely-reject-boy-who-finds-a-wild-girl-and-falls-in-love-with-her.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paper Towns My favourite of John Green's books. The least boring in my mind.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I read this novel because I loved The Fault in our Stars, but it failed in comparison.
Date published: 2016-12-11

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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