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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.

 




From the Hardcover edition.

Book Reviews

Paper Towns
Average rating
4.3 / 5
Love John Green!
September 22nd, 2015
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.
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1 person found this helpful
Amazing! Loved it!
September 21st, 2015
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.
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Below average coming of age story
August 30th, 2015
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.
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started off great...
August 15th, 2015
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.
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cant wait to read it!
August 4th, 2015
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!!
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Enjoyable start
August 2nd, 2015
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.
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WONDERFUL
August 2nd, 2015
This book is awesome. I love love love it so very much and John Green. Favorite book so far!!!!!! :]
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Paper towns
August 1st, 2015
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
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Amazing
July 29th, 2015
This book was amazing! It was powerful and encouraging. You could really connect to the characters! I found Ben hilarious
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Paper towns
July 28th, 2015
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.
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Captivating!
July 25th, 2015
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.
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Special
July 17th, 2015
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.
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Good
July 14th, 2015
Real good book hop moies even close to as good
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love, love, love
July 8th, 2015
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!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you JG
July 7th, 2015
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.
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Quite the scavenger hunt
July 2nd, 2015
You came to care about the characters, always wanting to find out what happened next. A great coming of age story.
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Page-turner
June 9th, 2015
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.
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Wow...
June 9th, 2015
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!
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JOHN GREEN ILY
April 19th, 2015
I LOVED IT!! OMG THE FEELS, THE ENDING WAS SOOO SAD BUT I LOVED THE CHAZE FOR MARGO. One of the best.
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Best Book Ever!
April 9th, 2015
And I thought that The Fault In Our Stars was great! This book was amazing, hilarious, and touching!
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Beautiful
March 30th, 2015
This book was amazing and inspirinin so many way. I rate it a 5 out of 5 and encourage john to do a 2nd
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6 of 7 people found this helpful
Paper girl
January 6th, 2015
The best book I have ever read!!! it is full of romance, mystery and a bit of laughter! I hope there will be a movie to this book to make the creativity return
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
Good for students in junior high.
December 28th, 2014
This book was well put toge together. I enjoyed the story line but would have enjoyed it more if I were under the age of 18.
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Complex YA Lit
November 13th, 2014
While Paper Towns is funny - memorable hijinx include a frantic non-stop roadtrip, breaking into Sea World, and a cross-town revenge plot, what I really like about it is that it probes deeper aspects of friendship and belonging, while confronting the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Fast-paced, complex, and fun.
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Paper towns
September 23rd, 2014
A work of art good job John :)
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4 of 4 people found this helpful
fantastic!
September 9th, 2014
love love love this book and john green
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Still a solid read
July 17th, 2014
It may not have been the smartest thing reading this book after recently reading A Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, due to the fact that I was continually mixing up stories and comparing them all to each other. So with that I will say this isn't the best John Green novel, but it is still a solid read.
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Amazing piece of work
July 11th, 2014
This book is not a book, as much as it is a place. A place where your imagination runs wild, trying to catch up with this book. Absolutely amazing book, and definitely recommended for everyone willing to spend a full day reading this book non-stop.
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1 review
January 25th, 2014
This book was absolutely stellar. It will always have you excited. There is so much suspense that it keeps you needing to keep reading. This will be one of my favourite forever. Definitely recommended that everyone read this.
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January 25th, 2014
This was a riveting novel, that kept me on my toes and wanting to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to others.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Paper Towns
December 29th, 2013
Reminded me a lot of Looking for Alaska by John Green. Loved it
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Perfection
July 19th, 2013
As with all John Green books, he rips my heart and stomps on it a few times but does so with utter grace. This book changed my perspective, highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found this helpful
Bravo!
April 25th, 2013
Really good book!
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Awesome
April 12th, 2013
Heartbreaking and thought provoking
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Amazing
March 9th, 2013
It was fantastic!
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