Paper Towns

Paper Towns

by John Green
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Paper Towns by John Green

From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars—now a major motion picture!

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller
 

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142414934
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 11,479
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book I read by John Green was an Abundance of Katherines. I was hooked. This brilliant man who I knew through Nerdfighting and Brotherhood 2.0 videos had a completely different, and yet the same, side. He could write far better than almost any modern author I'd read- and that was only his second book. I read An Abundance of Katherines three times after I got it, and promptly bought a copy for myself. Then, I heard about Paper Towns. I had to read it. If it were even half as good as his other books, then it would be a miracle. But it wasn't. It was exponentially more amazing. I read the whole book in one day. I checked it out from the library in the morning at school and read it under my desk in class all day long. In seventh period, I read the last sentence, having heard nothing of class all day, closed the book, amazed, and excused myself to go deliver the book to one of my friends, who had begged me to lend her the book when I finished it, in her math class. I couldn't wait to pass it on. Everything about Paper Towns screams MASTERPIECE like nothing I've ever read. In the first fifteen minutes after the final punctuation, Paper Towns beat out each and every one of my favorite books, some of which I've called my favorite since elementary school, and became my favorite book. The characters are real, alive, vibrant. You can feel the story and live it along with them. John Green makes you cry one moment and laugh your ass off the next, all in one fluid motion. This book... is amazing. I feel like I've known Q my whole life. Hell, I'm even ordering a Black Santa online. If you haven't yet, buy this book. Read it. You'll never, ever regret it. Everything about Paper Towns is just beautiful. I can't say it enough. My way of thinking was changed. My way of writing was changed. My way of talking was changed. My way of life was changed. This book, though it is printed on paper, is NOT a paper book, to be passed by. By no means 2-dimensional, this book is like the V for Vendetta of literature- everyone should experiance it. Paper Towns changed my life, and my perspective of modern literature. Buy this book.
laughing_in_the_rain More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I was completely in love with it. It was one of those books where you laugh out loud, cry, and think a lot. I think we can all relate to some of the situations in this books. It was really amazing. It kind of teaches us that we can chase somebody across the United States, but in the end our fantasies won't become real. I really liked the characters in this story. I would be reading in class and just bust out laughing. It was really good and now it's one of my all-time favorite books.
asamum More than 1 year ago
The story has so many layers it was like peeling the layers from an onion only to discover more layers underneath. Written in 1st person narrative, from Quentin's (Q's) perspective. Q was surprisingly easy to relate to even in my female dominated household. Q epitomises the boy next door stereotype. A good student and all round nice guy. John Green makes geek/nerd sexy. Margo & Q are tied together by a traumatic incident in their childhood. Although no longer friends, Q has had a crush on Margo from an early age. Following their night of adventure and Margo's subsequent disappearance, Q has to analyse how well he knows/doesn't know Margo. The notion that we are different versions of ourselves with different people really comes under scrutiny within the narrative. How well do we really know someone when we only see a single side of them. In the same context how well do we know ourselves, when we are different with different people. There are a complex set of psychological theories beautifully entwined in the plot. Making Q's parents psychiatrists in the story adds an extra dimension to the analysis. Elements of the nature versus nurture debate especially with the contrasts between Q's parents and Margo's. The use of Walter Whitman's poem Leaves of Grass within the plot adds another layer to the story (see what I mean about peeling the layers of an onion). The analysis of the poem parallels the analysis of people within the plot. Q evolves tremendously throughout the book. At the start he has always been on the periphery of his own life. Through his search for Margo, he discovers who he really is. I think that is why finding Margo became a compulsion for him, as he was also finding himself. I adored John Green's writing style, the use of metaphors & similes were fantastic. Decay never sounded so good :0) A story about growing-up, self discovery, endings & beginnings. The realisation that the world is a big place and we are just a small part of the whole. A highly recommended read :0)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I first read the fault in oir stars (also bby john green) and thought and still claim that it is my allbtime favorite book. So when i found paper towns i was like"YEAH BUDDY? GIMME MY FIX OF JOHN GREEN FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS". because i already knew i would read this book in that minimal amount of time. But i was wrong. This book was so explicitly awesome that i finisshed it in 2 days. Paper towns has such a unique story line with amazingly funny, bright characters who make you hate your friends because they aren't like them. Super funny and in depth thinking, great for everyone especially teens. Mr. Green, if you happen to come across this review, i want you to know that if you ever. EVER, stop writng books, punch a wall. Yeah that,s right. Be intimidated by my wall punching. (I really hoped that made u laugh because i was trying reeeaallyyy hard hahaha). ANYWAYS! Every humam being should read this book.
TatyyGirl More than 1 year ago
Wben you look at the headline of my review, you may be turned off by my random capitalization, but that actually is a portion of the book, and a very clever one, at that. Paper Towns is a book that you pick up, you laugh a lot, you cry a little, you think a lot, you piece things together. It is everything a realistic fiction book needs and so much more. The characters are lifelike beyond words and MANY things said in the book remind me 100% of my friends. This is officially one of my favorite books now, a real page-turner to say the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a must read for John Green fans. This book plays with your mind on the ups and downs of a "paper perfect" town. The book leaves you with immense feelings of awe. I cant even describe how i felt after this book was over. It was just so good. GO NERDFIGHTERS ;)
wearsredsox More than 1 year ago
I loved Paper Towns. That's basically it. But seriously, I only got it in January (yay for Barnes and Noble gift cards!) but I've already read it twice and I'll probably be reading it for a third time very soon. That's how good it is- I've owned An Abundance of Katherines for over a year and have just now gotten around to reading it a second time but Paper Towns? Twice in three months and it never got dull. The awesomeness that comes out of John Green's mind is unbelievable. Yeah, I love your books John. And Hank rocks too :D...DFTBA!
AndAnotherBookRead More than 1 year ago
Margo Roth Speigleman is one popular girl. On the outside she appears to have it all, the looks, the friends, the personality but in all honesty her inside is a mystery to the world. Margo is especially a mystery to Quentin, or Q, who¿s been her neighbor ever since they were little kids.

When they were young they used to do everything together. Some may have even considered them to be best friends. Now though they are about to graduate high school and they barely even acknowledge each other¿s presence. One night though Margo appears in his window dressed as though she was ready to go rob a bank.

She¿s on a mission to pay back all the people who have wronged her and she is determined to complete her list before the next morning. Using Q as her mode of transportation, she gives him the night of his life. Then she disappears and is now an even bigger mystery to him. Leaving him few clues and a lustrous heart Q is determined to find Margo, and maybe even himself.

John Green has done it again, except maybe even better then the last two times. Both his other books have always been near and dear to me, but this one was particularly special. It was compiled of all the classic Green elements of, nerdy guy wanting amazing girl, girl being a little out there, guy finding himself on the way to getting the girl, but it also had this extra wow factor included that easily made it his best book yet.

I could really feel not only the characters emotions, but also the author¿s in every sentence. Many times I found myself laughing along, feeling upset, or just plain frustrated with the events in the story and started wondering if this was a real life experience. There was such truth and purpose to each word that the book seemed alive in many aspects. The characters had real personalities and it was easy to imagine them as real people and these characters dealt with mostly real life situations that I could easily picture myself in. I loved how everything felt so real and alive that most of the time it was excruciatingly hard to come back to reality.

For me the plot line was very original and compelling. It was also really easy to relate to. I know in this case that everyone can find someone in the story that they know. Whether it be yourself or a really good friend, you¿re sure to find someone similar enough for the story to really hit home. I know in my case I was really able to see where the very complex and interesting Margo was coming from. She reminded me a lot of a close friend and helped me see where she might be coming from. It was very evident that the author put a lot of time and effort into developing his characters, which I know as a reader is the mark of a truly great author.

This book is one of the deepest and quickest reads you¿ll find. You¿ll never want it to end and you¿ll find great meaning in it. Paper Towns is truly an unforgettable book that is easily the best of the best. With no doubt I am sure it is the best book of 2008 and one my of my new personal favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a deep and good feeling book with a lot of humor. If you have a taste for mysterious stories this is a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Green has once again given us the gift of an awesome novel.
He doesn't have a cult-like following for no reason. He is very talented and unlike many other modern Y/A authors. Mr. Green writes well, something that many other Y/A authors forget to do while they are constructing familiar plots full of empty, but attractive, "characters".

Paper Towns is an entertaining mystery that I just could not put down. Q, Ben & Radar are hilarious and engaging and Margo Roth Spiegelman is interesting and mysterious (that's kind of the point, isn't it?). I thoroughly enjoyed Paper Towns and I have suggested it to all of my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have mixed emotions about this book. I enjoyed the mystery and I enjoyed the characters. However I felt that the ending was a little bit disappointing. I understand that not all endings can go as we (the readers) would like, but I feel that the ending was lacking something. I was frustrated at the end of this book, because I expected better of John. I must be one of the few who feels this way however, because they are now turning this book into a movie. I would recommend this book, it just would not be at the top of my list for "John Green recommendations". 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paper Towns – John Green To start off, I personally think this is the worst John Green book I’ve ever read, I would rate it a 3 out of 5 stars. I would give it this rating because first, some parts were hard to understand. I just did not get why they were put in the book. For example, Ben drinking beer to the point of absurd intoxication, or the Black Santa’s that Radars parents collected. Also, I didn’t enjoy how the author did not explain some of the quotes that were mentioned from the book M left Q, it was early English, and did he really expect us to understand it? Worst of all, in my opinion, was the ending. Then again, this book is known for an unhappy ending. I just didn’t like how he ended it with them finding Margot only for her to be upset with their resolution.  But, on the other hand, some parts were easy for me to connect too. Although some people rave about this book, I wouldn’t recommend it. I got very bored, which explains why it took me so long to read it. Overall, I really did enjoy the message it had, definitely has you thinking by chapter three.    –Jayla 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange but inspiringly beatiful
sarah_says More than 1 year ago
This is the first John Green book that I have read, and I must say that I am really impressed. His writing is simple; yet, at the same time really rich in meaning. I didn't think that a senior in high school, could teach me anything about life that I didn't already know myself but I was definitely wrong. I adore Quentin, the narrator. He reminds me a bit of myself: having a schedule and always sticking to it, planning his life out and doesn't take any detours. Until he goes on this one night crazy adventure with Margo, and his whole perspective changes. The adventure that Q and Margo went on was hilarious, and fun. Something that you would only see in the movies, but wish could happen in real life. I really like Q's journey throughout the story, where he learns about Margo and his friends and most importantly, about himself. What is he willing to change, and what he is not. This book has a chuck full of memorable quotes, and crazy adventures with characters that I wish were real. Can't wait to read other books from Mr. Green! I am so glad that I bought the autograph box set, since I have three other amazing books to choose from.
eightfoldwordplay More than 1 year ago
Not the best of John Green, but very notable indeed.
Caramiax3 More than 1 year ago
John Green's writing is the most high quality kind I have ever read. It has personality and spunk, Which is pretty much the only reason why i continued with this story line. I enjoyed the way the story ended, unfortunately parts of the story seemed pretty repetitive such as the mini mart scene. But all in all I love the way John writes and i will continue reading the rest of his works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! John Green is such a great author. I love the plot in Paper Towns. He spreads one night into one whole, discriptive part. Margo is such a rebel and mysterious. She leaves you on the edge of your seat! While Quintin, Q, is much more relaxed and cutious. This book can be a little boring at times, but other than that a really great book. A very adventures, fast-pace book. I totally recomend it to anybody. I also recomend The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska both by John Green. My favorite is Paper Towns out of the three. Hope you enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most overrated books I have ever read . I had to force myself to finish. The main character was too obsess over someone he barely knew anything about. He also seemed selfish, he got mad at his friends for not obsessing as much as he was. It started good but it turn out to be very boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life! I read The Fault In Our Stars a while back. Whenever I read another book after that, I would feel disappointed because reading those other books weren't the same as reading The Fault In Our Stars. I knew that I needed to get another John Greene book. I found Paper Towns and I fell in love wilth it instantly. I highly recommend this book!
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Julie_Kubica More than 1 year ago
This book was almost identical to all of the other John Green books I've read. Very repetitive; very predictable. Disliked this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favs.you should totally read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well writen book for most ages to enjoy i hope you will as well thx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. This book is great and i totally reccomend anyone read this. You will totally have an awesome time reading this because it is awesome and funny and just all the perfect combinations of everythang
bookworm123 More than 1 year ago