Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

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 a...

Details Paper Towns

TitlePaper Towns
Release DateSep 22nd, 2009
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Paper Towns

  • Jamie Felton
    I need to start off with my criticism of John Green:1) Margo and Quentin are exactly the same people as Colin and Katherine and Miles and Alaska. Quentin/Colin/Miles is this very thoughtful, somewhat nerdy young man who is on the cusp of fucking reaching out and grabbing life by the balls however he can. He is also enamored with Margo/Alaska/Katherine, a girl who is unattainable. She is unpredictable and full of a shimmering charm; she fades oasi...
  • Sophia.
    Why so many good ratings for this book? It could basically be called Looking for Margo, or Paper Alaska, because it's the same formula, again and again. How many books can he write about an unbelievable teenager secretely loving another unbelievable teenager? Everything was so absurd, Quentin's parents, the road trip, Ben, the black Santas. All the metaphors are perharps what made me lose it completely. The book that Quentin reads, Song of Myself...
  • Sasha Alsberg
    I enjoyed Paper Towns but did not love it as much as Johns other work. The ending was not as fulfilling as I hoped.3.5/5 stars Xx
  • Emily May
    "Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will," she says."But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all." I already said this in a status update but I am so glad I reread Paper Towns. I first read it years ago; back before I'd heard of vlogbrothers, back when John Green was only known by a handful of readers, way way back before The Fault in Our Stars. And I loved it. “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it i...
  • karen
    beatlemania is nothing compared to what i feel for john green right now. this book was the perfect palate-cleanser between all the dark apocalyptic stuff i have been shoving in my face. i have been reading so much dystopian YA that i forgot there were other options. i bought this ages ago, because i read looking for alaska, and everyone was giving this one high marks, but i kept passing it up in favor of "kids whose school is trying to eat them" ...
  • Nicole
    The following is quite a lot of dribble that I felt the need to get off my chest...Hmmm...what to say? I'm kind of perplexed by this book. I know I never want to read the name Margo Roth Spielgelman ever again, that's for sure. The characters (apart from the previously named) were fantastic and very believable. The dialogue between the friends was great and funny as I have come to expect from John Green. The first quarter of the book was highly e...
  • Maria
    2/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”Oh boi. This motherfucking book. Let me talk to you about this book. I HATED THE GUTS OUT OF IT. I have never given this kind of low rating to a book, I guess it's time. And I would have given it less stars but I gifted it half a start because of something I will talk about below. Here's what I wrote when I started this book two days ago: I have heard t...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    “Mirroring” is a concept in psychology where a person can know himself better by soliciting feedbacks from other people who he interacts with either at home or at work. Last weekend, I attended a company-sponsored teambuilding session and the facilitator used this. I got some good feedbacks that confirmed what I already knew but also some revelations. Those included in the so-called “blindspots” quadrant.In this novel Paper Towns, John Gr...
  • Anne
    I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns. I am a big fan of John Green but found this book plodding and boring. I hated the Margo character and thought that Q was a big whiner. His obsession with Margo, who he didn't really even know, was really annoying. I realize that this was one of the messages of the book, that we all assign traits and "personalities" to people we hardly know, but it was still hard to take, page after page. I still love John...
  • L DelaRG
    Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating.I've only just finished reading Looking For Alaska (which was an okay book) and thus it was immediately apparent that this book was EXACTLY LIKE LOOKING FOR ALASKA. It had the same geeky male character. The same kooky (aka annoying) female character. The same male best friend. And whilst this was okay in LFA, reading the same characters again was annoying! And it seemed like they were on the sa...
  • Nick
    This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme:1.Awkward funny charismatic good looking fit main character who somehow is a looser.2.The hot popular girl who he is forever in love.3.A weird funny bestfriend who gets in trouble.4.Prom.5.Everything happening in the last 2 weeks of high school.6.Quotes that every teenage tumblr girl has in their blog description.7.Road trip8.Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage ...
  • Alejandro
    Unexpected in many ways but still quite a ride! THOSE UNREACHABLE PEDESTALS Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will. This book definitely wasn’t what I expected but then again it surprised me in many ways, and I also made me think, so clearly this wasn’t a journey without a return.How well do we know the other people?How well do we know our neighbors?How well do we know our own close friends?How well do we know our first crush?I am no...
  • Lola
    I can see why there are people out there comparing this with Looking for Alaska. I am not going to linger on the comparisons between those two because 1) I never liked Looking for Alaska, 2) I never even finished Looking for Alaska and 3) I thought this book was original enough not to find it some twin brother or sister.If you’ve previously read a John Green book, then you’re somewhat familiar with his writing style. Isn’t it gorgeous? His ...
  • Patrick
    This sort of read is off the beaten track for me, non-fantasy YA-ish literature.That said, it's amazingly well-written, and I enjoyed it immensely. John Green is an amazing author, and he writes with a delicacy I admire and envy. This book, was sweet and light and heartbreaking and true. It's the sort of book I'll never be able to write... Highly recommended for anyone.
  • Sarah
    If you liked Looking for Alaska and Abundance of Katherines, you will LOVE this book. I could NOT put it down. It's funny and mysterious and just so real. Definitely recommended.
  • Louize
    "It's so hard to leave-until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world...Leaving feels too good, once you leave." We all leave eventually. No matter who and what we are, or where we’re from, we will someday and somehow leave our comfort zones or the norm of our lives to find ourselves a place in this world. Some people take their time into actually doing it. They spent much time planning and scheming on how they should ...
  • Megs ♥
    This book truly had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it.The book was broken into 3 parts, and I honestly felt completely different about each of them.Part 1:The first part of this book was brilliant. It was a lovely introduction to the characters, and their life as high school seniors. It has had a flashback which was a fun scene.The whole part with Q and Margo out at night was amazing. It was suspenseful an...
  • Ferdy
    SpoilersThis was disappointing. I really don't know what the big deal is about John Green. Sure, The Fault in Our Stars was good but it was hardly a masterpiece and all his other books seem average at best. Why does he get so much love? Is it because he's a guy? I've noticed that most people tend to give men praise and credit even when it's not deserved (whilst the opposite is true for women). I honestly don't think John Green deserves all the fa...
  • Kai
    “If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.” A Disappointment You know, it started promising. The revenge trip was fun, and so was discovering the first few clues about Margo's disappearance. But that's it. The rest was one long bore. For CHAPTERS Q did nothing but read one certain poem, then think about it, just to find nothing of help, so he gave it another read. And another. And yet another. Even more so, Q was a plain not to say u...
  • Greg
    1. A bit of a confession, some of which I've never actually told anyone or said out loud before, but which I now share with the internets.In the interest of full disclosure, in high school I wasn't popular at all. If there were a popularity graph plotting popularity that looked like this:It wasn't that I was a pariah of some sort who was generally looked down on, I wasn't harassed by jocks or made to suffer any unnecessary indignities, I was an a...
  • Ellen
    I was disappointed in this book, especially since John Green is an author I've been meaning to read for some time now. He writes Young Adult novels (Looking for Alaska [wherein "Alaska" is a girl's name], An Abundance of Katherines, to name a couple) and is both a popular and critical success. This is the first of his books that I've read, and I wish now that I'd started with one of his earlier ones.In a nutshell, this novel bored me. If I were a...
  • Sarah
    “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will.” Well, I have to say, and please don’t hate me, that was a lot better than The Fault in Our Stars! I mean A LOT BETTER!I liked Quentin in this story, and it was noble the way he was so intent on finding Margo, alive, or dead or somewhere in-between. I did wonder what he was doing at times, he should have been studying, he should have been attending graduation, he should have been doing a lot o...
  • Dee☾
    The more I think about this book the more I don't like it. I hated the ending. It made the entire book completely pointless. I do enjoy John Green's writing style, but I'm starting to get the feeling once you've read one of his books you've read them all.
  • Darth J
    So this is my second John Green book, and my second accidental first edition of one of his books too:The focus of this novel is a girl named Margo, and the MC’s (Quentin) obsession with her. Ever since they were kids, she’s taken up residence in his thoughts and when they are teens and she brings him on her brilliantly planned night of revenge, he becomes hopelessly hooked on her.Margo is a mystery. She can get into anywhere, take anything sh...
  • Praiz Sophyronja
    I'm probably gonna get a lot of WTF responses for saying this book was so overrated. But, it really was. Over. Freaking. Rated. Sorry, not sorry.I don't understand the hype really. Guys are so dumb. Girls are so dumb. I think it tried too hard to be "deep", which just made me cringe a lot. This is the third John Green book I've read and maybe I let myself have too high of an expectation but, ugh. Margo is so needy and annoying. Q is stupidly naiv...
  • Meg
    I was completely wrong about this book, but up until the last twenty pages I thought I was totally right. Wait, let me explain, okay. It's true, you've read this John Green book before. It does seem sometimes that he's created a couple of archetypal characters and he's spent three books flipping them. Yes: there is the girl who is breathtakingly wonderful in all the right places, but not perfect, but still in a way, perfect. And yes: there is the...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    This book started out well-enough as a semi-atypical teen coming of age story—semi-atypical because the beginning events (Q and Margo on a night about town) are atypical of teens in general but only semi because it's not really unexpected in books about teens. At any rate, getting to know Quentin is fun. He's a fairly standard kid with good grades and a middle-rank social standing. His night with Margo, the high-flying center of gossip, is mode...
  • Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
    Wasn't expecting such a dumb book by the writer of Faults in Our Stars.