Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780142414934
Branch Call Number: Y GRE
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 22 cm

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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

A big adventure begins one night in the suburbs of Orlando, when senior Margo Roth Spiegleman appears at Quentin Jacobsen, her fellow classmate’s, window. Quentin embarks on her mission to get revenge on her friends who have mistreated her. This mission results in breaking into multiple places and causing lots of trouble. After that one night, Margo is nowhere to be seen. The police as well as Quentin, are trying to find her. Quentin realizes that Margo had left some clues for him, to help uncover her location. Playing the role of the detective, Quentin tries to put together the pieces she had left for him. With the help of his friends, will Quentin be able to discover Margo’s hiding place and bring her home, or will he be too late?

In my opinion, Paper Towns is a great read with a remarkable storyline. There are numerous points throughout the novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed this particular book because firstly, the plot was straightforward and easy to follow. All the different elements of the story were intelligently thought out and detailed, but still comprehensible. Secondly, this adventurous, mystery novel also contains comedic aspects and even some romance. This book holds multiple different genres that make it more profound. Lastly, the story is different from any book I have ever read before. The characters each have their own unique personalities and certain traits that sets the story apart from any other.

I would recommend this enthralling novel to teens 13 and up since there are some points of story that would be inappropriate for children 12 and under. In brief, Paper Towns is a lovely novel because the plot was simple, there is a variety in the genre and the story is unique.

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g2021g
Mar 15, 2021

Paper Towns by John Green is as mysterious as it is romantic. Quentin has a night full of pranks and laughter with his crush and next door neighbor, Margo, before she goes missing the next day. After her disappearance, Quentin is confused and follows an abundance of clues left by Margo that will hopefully lead him to her. Will Quentin give up on finding Margo or will he drop everything to find his perfect girl? Read Paper Towns to find out.
This book is perfect for lovers of adventure, mystery, and love. I loved this book because of its ability to keep me drawn into it. I could not put this book down, and the movie is as riveting as this book as well. I would highly recommend this book for an easy, fast-paced read that will keep you in suspense.
Age Rating : 15+
Star Rating : 10/10

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kristenruiz
Jan 02, 2021

I received this in a book exchange and actually really loved it. Besides having a hilarious dynamic between the protagonist and his friends, there are layers of symbolism and contributions from other great works of literature that aid Quentin in finding Margo. The final chapter is the magnum opus of the book. If I was a high school english teacher, my class would read this book.

pacl_teens Nov 23, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book, I could never put it down! Following "Q"'s little journey was intriguing and unpredictable. Many times in the book I was sure I would know whats going on or what's about to happen...then three chapters later I am in a completely different setting! I found myself laughing in many parts of the story, and excited in others. Wondering about who Margot really is and where she is has really carried the story throughout each chapter.

This quirky, creative, confusing story is one I will always come back to! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :) -Torii, Grade 9

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

A mystery that is something to read when you have nothing else to read.

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Deeya7
Nov 19, 2020

'Paper Towns' follows the story of Quentin Jacobsen, a standard teenage boy who has been in love with his childhood friend Margo Roth Spiegelman for his entire life. When she suddenly asks Q to accompany her on an adventure-filled revenge plot one night and disappears the next day, his life changes forever.
This is an enjoyable “coming of age” story combined with humor and mystery. While the pace of the book is a bit slow at first, it picks up quickly during the last 100 pages. It teaches a wonderful lesson about our interpretations of people in our lives, and I bet all teenagers will be able to relate to it!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 12, 2020

Following the success of Looking for Alaska, comes Paper Towns, another beloved John Green novel that follows in similar steps to its predecessor. Paper Towns will rally together misfits and rebels alike and attempts to convey the message that not everyone is who we make them out to be in our heads. Riddled with dual meanings, inspiring one-liners, last-minute road trips, and many characters to root for, Paper Towns has all the ingredients of a likeable YA novel. While I thoroughly enjoy the humorous, thought provoking, and up-close style of Green’s writing, the pacing in the first two acts and the often-forced cliché dialogues between the two leads left the novel falling slightly flat for me. The novel boils down to the idea of a person who does not exist, and a group of teenagers attempting to figure themselves out amidst the chaos of their senior year. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for their next lighthearted YA read and for their next reminder to live in the moment. Overall rating 3.5/5
@foldedpages of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This book turned out to be something different than I thought it would be, but I loved it. The best thing about this book was the humour, every single line of this book was funny. Most of John Green’s writing is funny, that's what I like about his books. In this book, there's lots of adventure, road trips and mystery. Quentin and his friends, Radar and Ben have funny and unique personalities that make the book better. I think this book described the term ‘living in the moment’ very well because though the characters in the book are seniors and are going to be graduating, they really take the time in the book to go on road trips, or spend time together and have fun. This book describes high school very well, which is perfect for anyone over the age of 13. I rate this book a 3/5.
@peppapig of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Anika_Singh
Jul 21, 2020

Quentin and Margot are neighbors and students in their senior year of high school. They used to be good friends as kids but ended up drifting apart. One night, Margot invites Quentin to help her pull off a plan to get revenge on her enemies. The next day, Margot suddenly disappears. Quentin is determined to find out where Margot went and he sets out on an adventure with his best friends.

Not one of my favorites. This book failed to keep me interested and the climax was rather disappointing. There were a few funny and intriguing moments throughout the book, but overall it was uninspiring and average.

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Bushra_20
Jun 23, 2020

Young and shy Quentin (Nat Wolff) is in for the night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that she left behind, Quentin embarks on an obsessive mission to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive. Like that famous saying, it is Q's journey rather than the destination that matters most. Whether or not he finds Margo and her paper towns, Quentin discovers love and finds that it can be just as elusive and multifaceted and imperfect as Margo. With author John Green at the controls, the ride is always memorable.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Apr 05, 2020

I like that this story has aspects of both adventure and mystery but in a modern setting (as opposed to a fantasy setting which is what I'm used to reading).

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“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.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I didn’t need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

ArapahoeTina Jan 10, 2020

“That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

ArapahoeTina Jan 10, 2020

“As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”

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night_shadow_8
Mar 24, 2019

"sHe LovEd mYsterIes sO muCh ThaT sHe beCame oNe"- Paper Towns

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'But there is all time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it's only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into your. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out."'

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'Oh." I say."Oh right. The fourth food group wasn't crackers."'

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Mar 15, 2021

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Nov 26, 2018

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Jun 30, 2018

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May 29, 2018

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May 26, 2018

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blue_wolf_2158
Apr 06, 2018

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

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lindseyrayj
Dec 03, 2016

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Vista05
Jul 12, 2017

a novel which I didn't expect to like, but ended up loving. The characters were really well descripted and I could imagine them as real people. I highly recommend watching the movie after you finish the book.

siammarino Mar 09, 2016

Great novel about youth struggling to find meaning in the endless subdivisions being built in Florida.

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PoetryAddict
Aug 29, 2015

Quentin was a typical high school guy, more on the nerdy side of things. He had two close friends, and flew pretty low on the radar. Quentin grew up with Margo, and they were good friends. As they got older into high school, they drifted from each other. One night Margo climbed into his window, and this was a huge surprise for Quentin since they never really associated anymore. Margo took him on a thrilling night, and thats when everything changed. When he went back to school the next morning Margo was missing. He made some new friends (and some enemies too) and set out on a mission trying to find Margo.
I won't spoil too much, but this was a fairly good read (in my opinion. Not the best book i've ever read, but still interesting and has some amazing quotes.)

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

Paper Towns contains the story of Quentin in his senior year at high school. His world is turned upside when Margo Ruth Spiegelman (the girl he idolizes) appears in his room and takes him on a night journey. The remainder of the book is dedicated to his search for Margo when she promptly disappears the next day.

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jfournier
Jul 25, 2015

This is a pretty good book. In it Margo takes Quinten out for a night of adventure and revenge ( on her behalf). The next day Margo goes missing. Q remembers that she normally leaves clues he finds one and he thinks it's left for him. He follows all of the clues in hopes to find his love of his life.

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paytonm20
Jul 07, 2015

Q has always loved Margo, but Margo and him are nearly strangers. That is until margo comes into his room one night saying she needs him and his car. Follow margo and Q's journey as margo takes him on his first adventure and the next day she goes missing and Q must find her

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Courtney_Toews
Jul 06, 2015

Paper Towns by John Green is humorous and addicting story, when Quentin finds out his long time friend Margo has disappeared after a long night of getting revenge of classmates with him. One night is all it takes for him to care enough to embark on an adventure to find her. While following her 'clues', your taken inside a harsh and cruel environment... High school. This novel most definitely relates to anyone over 15 years of age as the author does incorporate mature language, and topics.

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blueberrymeowz
Jun 27, 2015

Margo Roth speigelman runs away and Quentin and his friends try to help him find her again. through the clues that she left him.

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HannahBP
Jun 21, 2015

This is an amazing book that will leave your tongue not bitter, sweet, or anything in between- but full of a desire to learn how to leave. You'll find pieces of yourself in well developed characters after a night of adventure as you crave so much more, and then a craving of adventure, will flip into a craving for her. Oh dear Margo, it will almost be a little search for yourself along the way.

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natecrch
Jul 30, 2014

Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

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red_cat_3866
Jul 28, 2015

Other: Romance

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jfournier
Jul 25, 2015

Sexual Content: some

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clary_fairchild
May 27, 2015

Coarse Language: What teen bood dosnt have it

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clary_fairchild
May 27, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: at the begging there is a dead man

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natecrch
Jul 30, 2014

Coarse Language: some

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abigail_noack
Jul 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Some coarse language

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