Paper Towns

Paper Towns

eBook - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York Penguin Group US 2008
ISBN: 9781101010938
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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. ... Read More »


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amylee290
Aug 09, 2017

Wow. INCREDIBLY BORING! ... absolutely NOTHING..and I mean nothing...happens in this book. What a disappointment .

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krtupper
Jul 24, 2017

I enjoyed the mystery in this book - It held my interest fast, and despite being slightly predictable, I enjoyed trying to solve the clues before the characters did. Once I picked this book up, I didn't want to put it back down. The ending left something to be desired, but overall, it was a good read.

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

I LOOOVVVEEEEDDDDD this book! SO MUCH BETTER than The Fault in Our Stars. This book is BY FAR John Green's best!!!! READ THIS NOW!!!!

5 STARS ALL DAY EVERYDAY, THIS BOOK IS THE BOMB.COM!!!!!!!

PimaLib_Kids Mar 15, 2017

This book is funny. Very good! Savannah, age 12.

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SashaE
Nov 16, 2016

I very much enjoyed this book!, It had plot twist, Good writing, And I couldn't stop reading it! John Green's book never fail to impress! I did not like some parts of the books (Around the ending) But I enjoyed reading it.

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

So, let's start with what I liked. I liked the dynamic between the 3 best guy friends. There were a few funny moments and those were the only breaks from the premise of the rest of the book...

who is margo?

The execution of this left a lot to be desired. It's spelled out what we are supposed to learn but I didn't learn anything because nothing actually happens to show me... it's all just Qs endless metaphor filled thoughts. We're ships and balloons and strings and windows and mirrors, in thinking we know others we find out about ourselves, hear the world, be the person... but I didn't feel like I got to know anybody in this book.

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KindaSassy
Nov 09, 2016

This is basically a nerdy kid who has an obsession with the It Girl of his high school who thinks she is better than everyone else, he just can't see it.
Quentin is awkward and a band geek who isn't actually in the band. He is, in a word, dull. Margo is popular, quirky and is oh so beautiful. But she is also unstable and vindictive. Margo and Quentin spend a night together acting out all of Margo's acts of revenge (that to be fair, might have deserved some form of revenge, but not to this level) and then Margo disappears, leaving a trail of clues like breadcrumbs behind her which Quentin is obsessive about. After many failed attempts, Quentin finally figures out the clues and knows where Margo is hiding out. Cue Quentin and his friends, Ben, Radar and Laci go on a ridiculously dangerous cross country drive for 20 something hours to find Margo squatting in an empty barn bitching about life and what it entails. One can ponder the thought that maybe Margo had issues with her mental health that her family was unable or unwilling to confront or help. Quentin's family are so pleased that they got their perfect son to graduation but fail to spend any quality time with him or they would have discovered Quentin had serious issues with boundaries.
This is a fairly typical story about teenagers left to their own devises too long and explores the standard rights of passage to adulthood - or to college bratishness at the very least.
After reading The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines, I was expecting much more from the novel, but it fails to deliver. The characters lack likeability, the plot moved too slowly and in the end it was just a tad boring.

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H18022169
Sep 19, 2016

I really liked this book and found it very intriguing. One of my favourite things about this book was that it contained facts as well as fiction.

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rasha1784
Sep 17, 2016

It may be one of his least appreciated works, both by awards committees and pop culture, but this is my favorite John Green novel. I think it perfectly captures the essence of "How well do you really know someone?" and the individuality we each possess.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Another amazing book by John Green.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“It was nice - in the dark and the quiet... and her eyes looking back, like there was something in me worth seeing.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle of a sentence.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Poetry is just so emo." he said. "Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Radar threw his books into his locker and shut it. Then the din of conversation around us quieted just a bit as he turned his eyes toward the heavens and shouted, 'IT IS NOT MY FAULT THAT MY PARENTS OWN THE WORLD'S LARGEST COLLECTION OF BLACK SANTAS.'"

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Isn't it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Isn't it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“And all at once I knew how Margo Roth Spiegelman felt when she wasn't being Margo Roth Spiegelman: she felt empty. She felt the unscaleable wall surrounding her. I thought of her asleep on the carpet with only that jagged sliver of sky above her. Maybe Margo felt comfortable there because Margo the person lived like that all the time: in an abandoned room with blocked-out windows, the only light pouring in through holes in the roof. Yes. The fundamental mistake I had always made—and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make—was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will.”

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

brown_owl_127 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lindseyrayj
Dec 03, 2016

lindseyrayj thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 01, 2016

britprincess1ajax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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blue_dog_8329
Jul 03, 2016

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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PenguinGal1
Jun 07, 2016

PenguinGal1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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EdithAnna
Jan 12, 2016

EdithAnna thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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TigerLily_16
Dec 06, 2015

TigerLily_16 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

black_bird_304 Sep 03, 2015

black_bird_304 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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PoetryAddict
Aug 29, 2015

PoetryAddict thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Leena_Dahmani
Aug 24, 2015

Leena_Dahmani thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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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.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

After a night out with popular and cool Margo Roth Spiegelman, Quentin searches for her when she goes missing the next day.

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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Leena_Dahmani
Aug 24, 2015

A compelling unexpected adventure for Quentin Jacobsen who takes the reader along the ride. Quentin moves from a scared highschooler to a deeper understanding grown up over a road trip to find his love.

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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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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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Horse_Freak_1712
Jul 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Some coarse language

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