Paper Towns

Kobo ebook | October 16, 2008

byJohn Green

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Winner of the Edgar Award
The #1 New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly and USA Today Bestseller

Millions of Copies Sold

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

#1 Bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars John Green crafts a brilliantly funny and moving coming-of-age journey about true friendship and true love.


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Winner of the Edgar AwardThe #1 New York Times BestsellerPublishers Weekly and USA Today BestsellerMillions of Copies SoldQuentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he foll...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 16, 2008Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1101010932

ISBN - 13:9781101010938

Customer Reviews of Paper Towns


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I really liked this book. It's a slight twist on the traditional love story, and focuses a lot on friendships. It also had a lot of really funny parts.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This is really a fun read, definitely worth it.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This was a wonderful story. It did get slow at times but nonetheless kept me hooked!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I think I really liked this book because of the personalities of the characters. I think they really embodied teenagers in high school. (Especially Radar and his concern about his grades and graduation, I could relate!) If you haven't read it yet, you definitely should. Although, fair warning, the ending is not how you would want it to be, but it's still amazing nonetheless.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Margo Such a great story of friendship and adventure. Loved it
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal book! This book is by far my favourite book by John Green. As usual, the characters all had lovable quirks and the book had a very interesting plot, so the read was very enjoyable. Margo Roth Spiegelman is a determined "cool" girl with a plan, while Quentin and his band of geeky misfits are characters that are like adorable puppies who will go to great lengths for each other, and you just can't help but root for them.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Great storyline, but I do wish it ended differently! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I liked it, especially the first third.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ugh Every time I read a John green book, I promise myself it will be my last john green book. His writing is amazing however I hate they way he ends his books. It's always a disaster. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay I guess. It's really overrated, probably because of the movie, and it's just really not as good as his other stuff. I enjoyed it, I guess.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it It's a great read
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I love the theme to this book but it is honestly not my favourite John Green book. I still loved reading it and will likely read it again but in my opinion, Looking for Alaska is a tough one to beat. Some of the chapters drag on a bit but for the most part I was quite into the story #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of John Green's Best John Green is a genius. I love how this book brought into question the manic pixie dream girl archetype. The movie was a bust, and I'm sad for that, as this book captivated me from beginning to end. Given, this was my first (of many, though) John Green novel. So perhaps that's why I did not find it predictable, as others did? He indeed writes his books in a similar style. But Shakespeare wrote his plays in a similar style, too. Same with Edgar Allen Poe's writings. He may want to branch out, but if he doesn't? Then I'll continue reading. It's not broken and doesn't need fixing.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good enough I bought this book because of the hype surrounding it. Thought it was gonna be a really good book, but honestly, it was mediocre and very predictable. Yeah the ending was sad, but honestly after reading you don't even care anymore.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical John Green seems to stick with the same type of story and it's obviously working. This book is much like his others.. Full of adventure and a love story between an odd girl and quirky/nerdy/shy boy. Not bad at all though. Like I said, this style is clearly working for him.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite John Green book! I have read all his books and this is my favorite. It left me thinking and in awe when I finished it. The metaphors are what hooked me.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much better than the movie Couldn't get enough of this book! Love John Green!
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh It really didn't live up to the hype. It was the most anti-climatic book I've ever read. It was funny but it didn't seem believable. "I didn't leave any clues." The stuff in the door? What? Those were totally clues?? Not his best.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! If you love the author John Green, this book is worth a read!
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! A little slow, and yes it could be a bit boring but I really enjoyed it and the writing was thoughtful and very well put.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing beyond compare. Amazing book. You fall in love with the characters and the plot. You will want to read it non stop for hours on end to find out what is going to happen next. Amazingly well written.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I bought this book and absolutely loved it. It definitely lived up to my expectations.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I read this book this summer and recommended it to all of my friends and we all read it and discussed it. It was really amazing. The books is a great adventure book with a hint of romance. John Greene succeed once again.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love John Green! As with anything and everything I have read by John Green, I greatly enjoyed this book. No, I didn't sob my way through it as I did with The Fault in Our Stars, but it was moving in its own way. This is a book that can't be easily categorized as any one thing... a romance, a friend read, a mystery, a coming-of-age read. It isn't any one of those things, but a combination of all of them. Q has lived next to Margo his entire life, a childhood friend that eventually became his unrequited first love. As they grew up, their worlds became farther apart. She was the popular girl and he was a bit on the geeky side. He is obsessed with her, blind to anything that could possibly mar his love for her. One night, she climbs into his window in the middle of the night dressed and coerces him (not that it took much coercing!) into an unexpected adventure. It's a night that gives Q a renewed hope for a future with Margo. But then the next day arrives and everything turns on edge. Everything Q thinks he knows about Margo is turned upside down and now he has to follow clues, clues that she left for him, in order to find answers. As Q finds and follows the clues Margo has left, his character grows so much. He learns as much about himself as he learns about Margo. One of the most important themes of this book, in my opinion, is that what we see in a person is often very different from the reality. We see the surface, what we want to see. And that can make us blind to anything else that could tarnish that perception. And then when the veil is removed, it leaves you bewildered. That is Q's journey. But this is also a book about friendship. A group of his friends and hers come together and the stupid cliques of high school, at least in a small way and in a small moment, are ignored Family dynamics also play a key role in the unfolding story, and how those dynamics can affect a person. There is so much to enjoy about this book. There are no easy answers, no perfect solutions, no perfect people. And that is a good thing because that is how life and the people living really are. My Recommendation: As with all of his books, I definately recommed Paper Towns! These books are full of relatable characters and a story that engages every emotion. THis review originally appeared on my blog, The Caffeinated Diva reads.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that good It was okay but it could have been better. It really isn't worth reading.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved it! Paper towns is an amazing story for young-adult readers . This book was read in a day and half! I could not put this book down. A cut love story with humour that litterally made me laugh out loud.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love love this Had to finish reading this before the movie came out and i was not disappointed !!
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Below average coming of age story In short, this book was written with only teenagers in mind. I read the book after seeing the trailer for the film of the same name and thought it had an interesting premise. What followed was a book so set in that teenage mindset, that I found it hard to relate to any of the characters. That may have been because the characters are little more than stereotypes, but I just couldn't get involved in the book. It is a shame, because John Green actually has clever ideas in his novel and often gives his characters quirks or uses certain metaphors that really are quite brilliant. Unfortunately, a glimmer of brilliance does not make a good novel. I was bored and only pushed through to the end to find out the mystery. Pass this one if you are over 18.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read for Teens This book was easy to understand and relatable to any teen, however I found the beginning to be pretty slow and was expecting a better ending.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from started off great... This book started off great and had me laughing out loud. But 1-2 way through it got a little boring. The ending could use some work too.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cant wait to read it! I can't be!give the mo is came out... Also I know I shouldn't be writing and rating this book before I read it but I don't care... HAPPY READING EVRYYBODY!!
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Enjoyable start I thouroughly enjoyed the first 2-3rds of this title. But it fell completley flat at the end. So much so that i cannot recommend it.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL This book is awesome. I love love love it so very much and John Green. Favorite book so far!!!!!! :]
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paper towns I loved it it is more of a teens book cause there are inapropriate parts .but it was very good. It was a mystery book. I really appreciate John Green very much for rightin this book
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing! It was powerful and encouraging. You could really connect to the characters! I found Ben hilarious
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paper towns After the read I have this odd inner conflict, I'm not sure which emotion to feel. This is the most amazing book that I have read. I love the humour, the wit and the characters. A definite re-read. John Green with yet another masterpiece.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! Paper Towns is a great book that will keep you in suspense up until the final word. If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, you will adore Paper Towns.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!!!!!!! I just recently bought this book and could not put it down.It is by far my favourite John Green book and in the future I will be reading this many more times!
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a good read The plot line is pretty weak. Everything with Margo and her revenge plots are very interesting, but as soon as she goes MIA it gets pretty boring. She is also a horrible female character, as she is very selfish and doesn't care much about anything - it gets pretty annoying. Also, the ending is absolutely horrible. I would not recommend this book at all.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Special John green is a great writer. A tad redundant at times, but if you are a fan of JG, then it's worth the read.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Real good book hop moies even close to as good
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love, love, love It was an emotinal & physical rollercoaster! I loved the whole ambiance of the book, there were mouth dropping shocking moments & discoveries that I loved! Can wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you, thank you, thank you JG I can't express how much this book means to me. Cried my eyes out during the last lines of the book and for many minutes after. Thank you John Green.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite the scavenger hunt You came to care about the characters, always wanting to find out what happened next. A great coming of age story.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started good, ending boring. The begging of this book grabbed my attention and i could not put it down.It was light, entreating, funny and creative. In the second half of the book during Margo's disappearance it became repetitive and boring.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner Completely in love with this book from the beginning till the end. I've also recently finished abundance of Katherines, but not anywhere as good as this one.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... This book is really good. It is very suspenseful. I always want to keep reading it. I will definitely get more john green books and i really reccomend this book. Its awesome! 5 stars!
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a universally appealing book. If you haven’t yet read it, you should! After my daughter urged me to read The Fault in Our Stars (which reduced me to a sobbing mess of tears in a mere three hours), I vowed never to read another John Green novel because clearly he was a cruel and deranged man. But then I have this rule where I won’t let myself see a movie unless I’ve first read the novel and Paper Towns is going to be a movie that I will go see … so I was forced to read the book. And I have to say this is a brilliant novel. I loved it. And that’s saying a lot because I was determined NOT to like it. The characters are such that I immediately either loved them (Q) or hated them (Margo). This book is just so REAL and honest. Which is Green’s trademark. The pacing of the novel is perfect, the ongoing mystery of Margo and Q’s undying devotion to her is hard to resist. I also loved that this story is told entirely from Q’s point of view. It was really refreshing to read a novel written from the male protagonist’s viewpoint. I think Green really captures the angst and excitement that encapsulate the final few months of high school. This is a universally appealing book. If you haven’t yet read it, you should!
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! And I thought that The Fault In Our Stars was great! This book was amazing, hilarious, and touching!
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would it pull you in? This teenage romance is intriguing and different. John Green aloud the characters to come alive right away. Margo with a sassy, confident, mind blowing "wohw" attitude and Quentin with a small musical group of friends and a determined attitude, these two people are complete opposites. But understand each other phenomenally. Quentin along with his friends take on the mysterious disappearance of their popular runaway friend, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Read the first 2 chapter's and find out if PAPER TOWNS pulled you in!
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoy John Green's writing, the quirky characters that he creates tend to pull me in. I like how he takes ideas and explores them, and Paper Towns is no exception. He examines how we see each other, and what it takes to really know another person -- huge topics, and full of teenaged angst. The actual story is good, and moves at various speeds. I found that I liked the main character, Quentin, and really wanted to see how things would work out for him and see if he would find the real Margot. Overall, a good young adult read, especially for those who like quirky fiction.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not very good I found this book to be very boring. After the first couple of chapters it got to be very boring and repetative.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My All-time Faves i got this book as a birtthday present and i am so thankful for that because this book was AMAZING!! if you havent read YOU NEED TO and i promise you you wont regret it. i like how this book isnt exactly the romance kinda book unlike john green's other books. i mean it has romance in it but it there is also this mystery part to it. i'm not really one for mystery novels but this book is definitely an exception. i really enjoyed how this book made me think. metaphors are thrown around all over the book and its amazing how john green makes it so that its a challenging read but at the same time a feelgood book. even if you dont read mystery or romance novels, you have to read this one because i swear there is nothing i would change about it; its beyond perfection. amazing work, john green!!
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected and Still So Great! Okay, this book is not at ALL what I was expecting. Not even close. It’s a sort of detective story … about a detective story? This girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman is a total mystery to everyone - her family, her friends. But her childhood (and no longer) best friend, and also her next door neighbour, finds her the most mysterious of all. He spends one crazy night with this crazy girl and thinks he knows everything about her. What he realizes is she is not the paper girl that everyone else sees. This was my first ever John Green book and I love his writing style. It’s very conversational which I love in a YA book like this one. This is a true coming of age novel. Discovering yourself through those around you. My favourite sort of lesson from this novel is that no matter how much you listen to or watch someone else, it doesn’t teach you anything about them - it teaches you about YOU. You learn who you are through the people who surround you. A great read with a young male narrator. Highly recommend if you want something unexpected and impossible to “figure out” before the ending!
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green is a literal genius! My love for this wonderful man started with this book! Since then I have read and own almost every novel he's written. This story had me hooked from the first few pages, and I couldn't put it down after! I fully recommend it to anyone with a couple free days, as you won't want to stop until you've read the very last page. I also would recommend finding every other novel written by John Green- you'll fall in love with every character!
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paper Towns Tom Green shows his amazing talents in this novel, Paper Towns. He gives the characters so much depth and makes them relatable. There were times I laughed out loud, other times I felt sad, overall it was an amazing novel and I can't wait to read it again!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite John Green book Well I just finished this book and am currently feeling like a basket case of emotion so I apologize in advance for this most likely incoherent review.  I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did!  So first of all let me get into the 2 reasons why, although this book came very close, I did not give it a full 5/5.1) While I loved Part 1 of the book and Part 3 even more, Part 2 seemed to drag on and I found myself getting disinterested from the plot. There were definitely moments in Part 2 that I really enjoyed like the visits to the mini mall, the interaction with Gus, the aftermath of Q and Margo's revenged filled night, and most of all the party. Oh man there were so many times where I found myself laughing out loud during this book and the drunken Ben scenes were definitely a highlight. However I just think that had Part 2 been a little bit more fast paced, although I do understand why it wasn't, I mean it does span a month of these characters' lives, I feel that I would have just enjoyed this part of the story more.2) The ending. Now I won't be spoiling anything here, and don't' get me wrong it's not that I hated the ending, but I was just left feeling unsatisfied. I don't feel closure from this book at all and that's perhaps the reason why I just sat in my room crying for the past 10 minutes.... don't judge. It was just such a beautiful story and I was so immersed in these characters and in Q's journey for Margo, and after hearing all the revelations and answers in the last few pages of the book, I just didn't want it to end! So really this frustration is less so with the ending itself, but simply due to the fact that I refuse to believe this is the end of their story and I just want to see more. NOW ON TO THE GOOD THINGS and believe me when I say there were a lot of them! First of all John Green's writing was top notch in this book, but perhaps the reason I enjoyed this one so much was the humour. I LOVED all of Q, Ben and Radar's interactions! Their friendship just seemed so realistic and fun and all their conversations were hilarious. My personal favourite scenes with all 3 of them had to be the black santa scene. THAT SCENE OH MY GOODNESS, I was literally guffawing (yes, I just said guffawing), and might I add I was reading this in a public area, but that didn't stop me from laughing hysterically with no shame. I absolutely loved Radar's character and his "dedication" (dedication is a kinder word than obsession) to Omnictionary. Now Ben's character did annoy me in the beginning (I think mostly because of his constant use of the term "honey bunny"), but after prom I just found him hilarious. Oh man I could talk about my favourite scenes from this book for ages BUT if I had to pick, my favourite Ben moments were the ones in the minivan with his peeing. OH and the scene where he saves them from the cow, aw man that was good stuff. The highlights of the entire book for me were definitely the two road trips. Those two trips were just filled with so much craziness that I FLEW through those parts! Of course I have to talk about Quentin and Margo. I think there are definitely some blatant similarities between Miles/Quentin/Colin (John's male protagonists from Katherines and Alaska). They're all high school guys who have an obsession with a girl (I know they're much more than just that, but that's the simplest way for me to summarize it), and while that attitude annoyed me in Katherines, I found Q to be my favourite male out of those 3. I found his "love" for Margo, even though he himself realizes that that love was more so for the idea of her, to be really well crafted and his personality far less annoying than that of Colin's. Let's just say if I decided to up and leave everything in my life behind and flee halfway across the country, I would definitely want to know that a guy like Q would be there looking for me every step of the way. Margo's character was very out there for me and while I struggled to connect with her decision making process I loved all her interactions with Quentin.  All in all I felt such strong emotional connections to these characters and I'm just sad to have to let them go. I loved the allusions to high school life and I think there are themes in this book that everyone can connect to within these pages. Paper Towns has definitely been my most enjoyable John Green reading experience thanks to the characters, the humour, and really even just the premise of these paper towns and how we choose to define ourselves. This was really a fabulous book and is for sure one of my new favourites. Highly HIGHLY recommend this!!!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wish Green had been around when I was a teen! If you are a person of a certain age, you probably have fond memories of John Hughes’ films. Even though I was already in my early 20′s when he started producing arguably the best teen movies ever – I was still young enough to see myself in the characters he committed to celluloid. Sixteen Candles is my all-time favourite Hughes film, for reasons which will be apparent to anyone who has ever seen the film. I still watch it occasionally and it still makes me laugh and it breaks my heart a little now that Hughes has died. Yes, you can argue that Jake Ryan isn’t perfect – he did let an underage, unlicensed driver take his very drunk girlfriend home in his father’s Mercedes, but it was the 80′s and, come on, Jake Ryan is pretty dreamy. Also, who didn’t see some part of themselves in the other characters on the screen: Molly Ringwald’s slightly awkward Samantha Baker, Anthony Michael Hall’s loveable dork. Everyone you ever went to high school with is lovingly represented in this flick and in Hughes’ other teen masterpieces, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I would posit that John Green is this generation’s John Hughes and I hope Mr. Green will consider that a compliment because it is certainly meant as one. Last year because everyone and their dog was reading The Fault in Our Stars I did, too. That was a reading experience I will never forget – curled in the fetal position on my bed at 2 a.m., laughing then crying, then laughing again. That is the experience I want my students to have. The only other John Green book I have in my classroom library is Paper Towns and I just finished it yesterday. (Trust me, I’ll be rectifying the lack of Green books post-haste.) Paper Towns received rave reviews and the Edgar Award (a prize awarded by the Mystery Writers of America) and it’s totally deserving of both. Quentin Jacobsen is just weeks away from graduating from high school when his next door neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman shows up at his window in the middle of the night. Although Quentin and Margo had been childhood friends, they’d drifted apart as they’d gotten older and now, in Quentin’s eyes at least, Margo is this exotic and beautiful creature, but not necessarily his friend. "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 guitar. Margo Roth Spiegelman, who spent three days traveling with the circus – they thought she had potential on the trapeze. … The stories, when they were shared, inevitably ended with, I mean, can you believe it? We often could not, but they always proved true." Quentin’s best friend, Ben, describes Margo as “the kind of person who either dies tragically at twenty-seven, like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, or else grows up to win, like, the first-ever Nobel Prize for Awesome.” Anyway, Margo needs Quentin’s help. She also assures him that this will be the best night of his life. Quentin is a guy who generally plays by the rules, so his decision to help Margo is slightly out of character for him. Nevertheless, he helps Margo carry out a list of tasks, some of them vengeful and some of them contemplative and he is indeed changed by the experience. Which is why when Margo suddenly disappears, he is compelled to follow the breadcrumb trail of clues she’s left behind. Paper Towns is a clever mystery for sure, but that’s not the only reason to admire the heck out of it. What I love about John Green is the way he writes dialogue. His characters are smart and funny and honest-to-goodness people. In the same way that John Hughes made his characters painfully awkward or awesome or self-deprecating or ironic, Green’s teens are whole and fragile and super smart and laugh-out-loud funny. And they think thinky-thoughts. The fact that Paper Towns is set in Orlando, Florida (John Green’s hometown) is significant. Margo says “you can see how fake it is…It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it Q: look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart.” Quentin’s journey to find Margo makes him question not only everything he thought he knew about her, but also everything he believes about himself and Green does a great service to his characters (and the young adults who will be reading this book) by not giving us pat answers. So – read John Green. Watch John Hughes. Through their eyes you’ll see teenagers at their worst…and their best. And it’s all beautiful.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from emotional, real, thoughtful and amazing I heard a lot of bad things about this book. Many told me that the characters seem to be too much like the ones from Looking For Alaska, and that its kind of dry. They think the ending could've been better. I can't tell you how wrong they are. John Green has crafted another amazing and beautiful YA book, with humor and emotional depth. Its fun and engaging and so different from a lot of other books I have read. But althought it is fun, its filled with a level of seriousness and depth and character growth that many people wouldn't be able to appreciate. Paper Towns is, although entertaining, also depressing and sad. But definitely in a good way. Quentin ('Q') leads a fairly normal life: he has friends, does his school work, and is on the verge of graduating from high school. Oh, and he has a crush on a popular and beautiful girl - his next door neighbour and childhood friend. So when Margo, this fantastic girl-next-door, a wild and adventerious beauty, climbs into his bedroom window in the night dressed lkke a ninja, Q is more than surprised. She asks him to help her solve 11 problems, he decides to follow. After a night of fun and getting to really know the girl he once knew, Margo just... disappears. The next day, she cant be found. Her parents aren't worried and say that she has run away numerous times before, and Q knows this, and he alsk knows she has left clues for her parents. But when he finds one, clearly for him, not her parents, it seems as if Margo wants Q to find her... to save her. Paper Towns is remarkable and beautiful and dramatic and one of my favourite John Green Books. It is anything but slow, and the chatacters are each unique and different - and yes, they do resemble the ones from LFA, but they are each different. Alaska and Margo are yes, alike, but they are also different people in different situations. Same thing goes for all the other characters. Paper Towns is definitely sad but is full of self-discovery and life-lessons and all the stuff that makes a book good, except Green brings more then just life-lessons. He has deep moments and there is just something about his writing that makes this book - all of his books - stand out. There is more then just your ordinary life-lessons - dont get me wrong, those are great, but Green brings MORE. Much, much more. Readers connect with the characters - Q and Margo and all of their friends - and relate to them, which is something Green is fantastic at. They seem real and have real feelings and readers dont read this book - they feel it. Readers feel and experience every emotion that Q (and Margo) feel, and it is truly amazing. Paper Towns is written by an awesome, talented writer, and is real and deep and dark but... not lighthearted, but filled with fun and funny moments to even it out. This book is powerful and emotional and touching and just overall a great book. The ending gives us just the right amount of closure to keep our minds interested and thinking about it long after we finish it. But seriously - this book is... woah. Just amazing. Definitely read it! Green pushes the limits and goes further then a lot of other authors would dare to go - and i respect your opinion if you think this book sucks, but i'm just sharing my opinion about how I think it is anything but sucky. Really - it is. See for yourself. Touching and heartwarming and heartbreaking - really, what more could you ask from John Green, a fellow Nerdfighter?
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boxed in a Corrupted Image (Originally posted at Crying at work was not something I planned for that day, but it happened anyway. I flipped to the last page of Paper Towns and couldn't stop the tears from falling from my eyes. Even re-reading this book, it managed to reach into my heart and tug parts of me I like to keep hidden. The first time I read this book, it connected to me completely. I have never been happy with the city I live in and have been plotting to escape since childhood. At the time of reading this book, I was working hard in my senior year of high school so I could receive a great scholarship, and finally leave. Besides being hilarious, this book made me feel vindicated about my desperate need for escape. The second time reading it, my connection changed. Because this time when I had read it, my life had taken a completely different route. My hard work got me a scholarship, but I still could not afford to go to a university in a different city. Two of the most important people in my life had walked out of it, and left serious damage in their wake. I had lost my desire to leave, because I could not even picture how it was possible anymore. I was in a completely different situation than I thought I would be just months before, and one that I was not happy with. I picked up Paper Towns, and it, once again, helped me with all the problems I was dealing with. This time around, the idea of people's judgements of you was at the forefront. I could completely understand the idea of being placed in an impossible box, a box other people created for you, a box I never wanted to be in, and one that people could not accept you stepping out of. There was a pivotal conversation in the book which gave me so much insight into what I was going through at the time. I finally felt like all my feelings were put into eloquent words spoken from a boy who had to face the same reality I did. We imagine people a certain way, but that's a distorted reality, and one that is imposed on us daily. I can't be who everyone wants me to be, but I can be myself. And if that isn't enough for certain people, then they aren't meant to be in my life. Tough thing to accept, and something I'm still coming to terms with. The book itself was just fantastic. The only way to understand how amazing it is is to read it. The characters are realistic, hilarious, stunning in their truthfulness, and will become a part of you. John Green has a way of telling you your most broken thoughts, making you look at them squarely, and telling you how to handle them. This book had me crying of laughter, and smiling like crazy. It had me re-evaluating myself, and changed my out-look on life. If that isn't the sign of a fantastic book, I don't know what is. I had to include a quote from the book because it is simply everything that I learned, felt, and realized from Paper Towns. "It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and constantly misimagined." As a little bonus to the review, I made a mini-playlist. The book had me thinking about going on a road trip, so I made a playlist of the songs that make me think of those montage-driving moments (there's 48 songs, but here's only 19 (for my almost age!)). I linked the songs to YouTube so anyone can listen to them. The name of my playlist? Escape from the Paper Towns: 1. New York (Saint in the City) - The Academy Is... 2. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams 3. We Are Young - Fun. 4. Lucky Street - Go Radio 5. So Far Away (Bonus Track) - Mayday Parade 6. I Woke Up in a Car - Something Corporate 7. The Space Between - Valencia 8. Where Did You Go? - Valencia 9. Vagabond - Wolfmother 10. Take this to Heart - Mayday Parade 11.The Middle - Jimmy Eat World 12. Middle of Nowhere - Hot Hot Heat 13. Radar Love - Golden Earring 14. Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) - Panic! At the Disco 15. So, In This Hour... - The Rocket Summer 16. Days Like Masquerades - The Academy Is... 17. Jaime All Over - Mayday Parade 18. Toasted Skin - The Academy Is... 19. Hurricane - Something Corporate - Ciara who is lost at midnight
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh. one thing about this book: it was VERY well written. John Green did an exceptional job writing. However I was bored with the story after part 1. It took me a very long time to read because though it did initially grab my attention, it failed to keep it for very long. The only reason why I kept reading is because I wanted to know what happened in the end, which in all honestly wasn't as great as I had hoped. all in all, i'm rather disappointed. Probably not a book that I will be reading again.
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good!! I found Paper towns to be very similar to Looking for Alaska and maybe that's why I enjoyed it. I thought it was very well written and that the story just fell into place. It was never forced. However by the end I did find that some of the characters to be very one dimensional and the ending was rather predictable. Overall, not bad, definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2011-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! i LOVED this book! it was simply amazing. it was written wonderfully and the plot was interesting. all the clues Margo left behind were fasinating and always kept you thinking. my favourite part was the characters. they were some of my fave characters frtom any book. Margo is mysterious, and edgy. And Radar and Ben are hilarious! the humour really added to the book. i literally laughed out loud for many parts. :) buy it!
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent! This is a fantastic story, beautifully crafted and alarmingly real. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is a must on everyone's "to read" list. Quintin and Margo were friends as children. But high school happened and they went their separate ways. One night Margo knocks on Quintin's window and takes him on an amazing night of debauchery, revenge and fun. Then Margo disappears without a trace. But she Leaves clues for Quintin to find her. The question is does she really want to be found?
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had potential, but didn't live up to it. The prologue was gorgeous and rang true with the promise of an astoundingly well-written novel, as did the whole notion of strings tying us together. However, the thing about this book was that it moved me right up to the threshold of my emotional breaking point, and just as his words had gained enough momentum to make me cry or laugh endlessly (depending on the circumstances), the passage would end and be replaced by a newer, more neutral passage. It was almost as if Green was scared by the possibility of stirring his audience's emotions - which is absurd, because what else is the purpose of art but to stir the emotions and rouse the intellect of an audience?
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made of Awesome One of the best books I've read. This book is made of awesome and it's nerdtastic. The witty and highly entertaining storytelling made me laugh out loud. I love how there are so many references to brotherhood 2.0 and the nerdfighter community. (Certain parts of the story were so "jokes".) Despite the unlikelihood of certain events (because most of us usually play on the safe side of life), I was awed by how much I can relate to one character in particular. I may also be biased in the review and rating of this book for this. This is one book I truly hope can be adapted for the big screen. Visit my book blog at for more reviews.
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Best Wishes! It was pretty funny reading this book and finding all the little jokes (ha, get it, JOKES) from Brotherhood 2.0.
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing Page Turner Anyone who loves books that pick you up in the present and take you back to a teenage time of fragility and confusion, ala Catcher in the Rye will appreciate this page turner. Just like John Green's previous books Looking For Alaska & An Abundance of Katherines, this one is also easily read. The reader is immediately taken in by the pace and tone of this book - we want to know more about the characters and what has brought them to this point. We can't wait to see what the future unfolds, since the plot presents us, early on, with the outline of what is to come - a well planned scheme of multiple pranks. On who? We are unsure. But boy, do we jump in page after page to find out! Anyone, teenager or adult, guy or girl, will completely enjoy this tale of adventure, love, loss, and discovery. How can you not? And if you did - well you should definitely check out the nerdfighters. nerdfighter you ask? John is one of the founding fathers of this new YouTube based community. John and his brother Hank started thier YouTube channel called Brotherhood 2.0 on Jan. 1, 2007 as their only way of communicating for the year - each brother alternating weekdays through video. The following that erupted in response led to the creation of nerdfighters as a term, and as a group. This 14,000 member group can be found on and off Youtube ( plus their own home on the web can be found at Trust me. You need to check them out if you haven't already!
Date published: 2008-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from =/ I'll probably get eaten alive for saying this, but I didn't like the book all that much. It was alright and I'll probably read it again but it didn't quite meet my expectations. In my opinion, it was the character development that was rather lacking. Neither Q nor Margo came alive to me. The only character that felt real was Lacey. I was a bit disappointed, but it definitely won't kick John Green off my favourite authors list.
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incomparable My sister is addicted to chocolate. And, as those of you with chocolate addictions know, there's a certain type of chocolate that really makes you salivate. For my sister, that chocolate is the Bueno. Now, generally, my sister's not picky when it comes to chocolate (people with addictions can't be). She'll take whatever she can get. Mars Bars and Coffee Crisps and Kit-Kat Bars. They're delicious, enough, I suppose, but the taste doesn't last long. Other chocolates like the Bueno (in my sister's case) are heavenly, the chocolate that she searches for in the midst of other chocolates-the one that she always buys again. Books are very much the same. Some books make you laugh or smile but in the end, you forget about them-much like those Mars Bars. Other books-those books that you linger over to make the adventure last longer, those books that you keep reading-those are the Buenos of books. Paper Towns easily falls into the second category, the Buenos of books. It is easily, easily, my favourite of John Green's books. Margo Roth Spieglman is a girl with guts. The daredevil, the popular one, the...everything. And, for a few years of her life, she was Quentin's or (Q's) best friend. Their friendship survived through mysteries...and dead bodies. But now, years later, in their senior year, it can pretty much be said that he barely knows her. But he does know of her and her crazy adventures. Everyone does. But Q's life is about to change when Margo crawls through his window with a revenge plan just crazy enough to work and a promise of what may be the best adventure of Q's life. The next morning when he comes to school, he expects answers (how will Margo act around him now?) but instead, he is greeted with more questions. Questions that will turn his view of Margo inside out. Questions that will change him forever. When I finished this book, my first though was I know why there are two covers. My second thought was *insert words not suitable for PG rated blogs* Seriously, this book is my idea of literature heaven. As you've probably noticed, we are pretty character-driven when it comes to novels. John Green did an excellent job at fleshing out the characters from Margo to Q to Q's best friends, Ben and Radar. Margo's big personality certainly shines and she is most certainly one of the Most Fascinating Characters that I have read about in any book. Just when you think you have her figured out, John Green throws some new information at you and you realize just how wrong you really were. Both Ben and Radar contribute a lot of humor to the novel and both had some really great moments. Both of them have real flaws and the three best friends don't have an absolutely perfect friendship which really contributes to the believability of the characters. The writing. Oh, the writing. I have to say, I'm not the type to write in my books but for this one, I may have to make an exception. There were moments in the novel where I felt like taking out a pencil and underlining the sentences because of their sheer brilliance. Just as with his other book, Paper Towns succeeds in being insightful but not boring. And, did I mention that it's also gut-splitting hilarious? Because it is. Have you ever read a wonderful book? If you haven't, Paper Towns will fix that. And if you have, tell us what it's called. Then, go and read Paper Towns and be dazzled. You won't regret it. And if you do... Don't tell us, cos we'll have you committed. Just kidding. But you know what we mean.
Date published: 2008-09-21