Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Paper Towns” as Want to Read:
Paper Towns
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Paper Towns

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  315,134 ratings  ·  20,257 reviews
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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,
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile (first published October 1st 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Paper Towns, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Ava Dobbs Not at all. I would have been disappointed if he went with her. He's too good for her. He works too hard, and she lets him work himself into the…moreNot at all. I would have been disappointed if he went with her. He's too good for her. He works too hard, and she lets him work himself into the ground. He risks his life to find her, (and she has to know he was trying to find her), and she simply dismisses all of his efforts and takes them as an offense. It would have been a toxic and painful relationship for both of them, Margo feeling tied down and Q always feeling like he wasn't good enough and he was losing her. Which he would be. I'm not disappointed at all in how the book ended. It ended the only way it could.(less)
pinkfrost as A person of Substance who Can appreciate the nuances Beauty and Complexities of a Fine coming Of age tale, i Can guarantee you Will laugh, Choke,…moreas A person of Substance who Can appreciate the nuances Beauty and Complexities of a Fine coming Of age tale, i Can guarantee you Will laugh, Choke, wince, sigh, chuckle and soar High above the clouds only Dipping back down to earth to Turn another page. it is seriously Good.(less)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsPaper Towns by John GreenGraceling by Kristin CashoreThe Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanThe Host by Stephenie Meyer
2009 Printz Contenders
2nd out of 56 books — 1,487 voters
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan MatsonPaper Towns by John GreenAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Young Adult Road Trip Novels
2nd out of 226 books — 1,669 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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 oasis-style the closer and closer you try to get. In a
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, all the thoughts he had about it are so painfull

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" and "kids vs. bears" and "kids in a world without
K.D. Absolutely
May 02, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Ace
Shelves: borrowed, ya
“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 Green indirectly used Margo Roth Spiegelman for Quentine Jac
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 enjoyable and then it deteriorated for me. I think
Dec 25, 2014 Louize rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Louize by: Filipinos discussion read
"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 gloriously plow into life. There are some who tried
Dec 04, 2013 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
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 Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd
Meg ♥
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 and quite fun to read about those antics. We really
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.
Paper Towns Let's go back to March 2012. I bought The Fault in Our Stars, which had been getting rave reviews, causing me to make a fool of myself in public by jumping up and down in my local bookshop when I discovered I was holding a signed copy. (Don't worry, they're more than used to my behaviour by now.)

I read it in the space of two days, and promptly had a crying fit so hard that I could have flooded the area where I live. Which is atop a very steep hill. (This sob-fest was unparalleled unt
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 absolute non-entity. I had no friends, no enemies,
Aug 27, 2012 Lhara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens finding their way
Recommended to Lhara by: Philippa
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 same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a di
Jun 19, 2008 Meg rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 teenager (the novel's primary audience) reading t
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.
I could not ask for more out of a book.

Pre-order it so that you can get it as soon as possible, because I'm in love with this book, and it's not a fickle secondary school romance, I mean eternal book love that's set in stone in the Hoover Dam and will out-last catastrophe should all human beings die. John Green is incredible.
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Full Review!!


“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

This book was just another MASTERPIECE by John Green. I simply enjoyed it. As I read it I did not want it to end. John Green is definitely my new author and inspiration. There is Just something about Papertowns that leaves you thinking about who we are as people, who we want to be, and how we see people.

“Maybe all the strings inside him broke.”



Paper Towns was one hell of a

He did it again. That M***F***ker did it to me again. (I’m being nice because it’s the first line of a Young Adult book review, don’t think that I’m not ranting and raving like Christian Bale ala Terminator)

I’m 40 years old. Yes, 40 years old (go on, snicker… point… do your best) and I’m all waxing nostalgic for those last few days of High School. WTF? (<--- See? I’m completely regressing here…) I hate mid life crisises.

John Green has this thing. This.. Way about Him. His writing… his charac
thiS reView desErves A moMent oF ranDom capitaliZation

joHn greeN, i'M convinCed thiS stoRy Is abOut yoU. thEre Is nO wAy You cAn naiL tHe emoTions aNd thouGhts Of tHese Characters withoUt hAving experIenced somE Of thE aWesomeness fouNd In thIs boOk!!

Okay, back to normal...
Quentin's two best friends are Ben, a tragically confident first clarinet band geek that is trying to live down a kidney infection rumor, and Radar, a nerdtastic computer genius that spends most of his time editing Omnictiona
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
"Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop."

Well, Looking for Alaska remains my absolute favorite, but this wasn’t what I expected, and I mean that in a very good way. In the end, it wasn’t what I expected at all.

The first 80% of this book followed John Green’s usual (and usually successfu

This 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 fan love and respect he gets — his books are nothing
Jacob Proffitt
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Before reading this book, I had absolutely no idea what a "paper town" is. I thought that it was just John Green's clever play of words on something in the book itself, and after reading how Margo Roth Spiegelman, one of the protagonists in the novel and the great love of our hero, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen's life, described their hometown of Orlando, Florida as a "paper town", I thought, that must be it. Then towards the end of the book, John Green, through Q's internet research, explains what a "pa ...more
Emir Never
If I were to follow the Young Adult categorization of Paper Towns, I wouldn't be near the thing by a minimum of fifty shouting feet because 1.I'm not young; 2.I sure don't act like your usual adult some or most times; 3. I love to tease friends and some GR friends loved this book and gave it five stars and I didn't like to read it and I just wanted to give it one star if I do so they can plot how to kill me with hardcover John Green books. But Paper Towns actually tries to defy that: categorizat ...more
Margo Roth Spiegelman wants revenge, and she enlists a reluctant Q to help.

Margo has ignored Q for years, because he’s a bit of a nerd and she is one of the popular ones. But before all of that, they were childhood pals and next door neighbors. On an outing in the early years, they discover something awful, which causes Margo to develop an interest in solving and creating mysteries. After that day Margo disappears from Q’s life, socially.

One day in high school Margo finds out that her best fri
Jan 28, 2015 Laz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, really
“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.”

What is it with John Green and his masterpieces? How can one write books such as this, Looking for Alaska & The Fault in Our Stars.. What is the secret to writing books that aim for the heart of the person, and then shoot it down, not once, not twice, but endlessly.

This is probably the only John Green book with ki
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT ending. In a good way. In a great way. In the best way possible.

High Point.
Elaborate revenge schemes in the dead of night, three best friends that anybody could ever have, black Santa’s, kick-ass parents, poetrypoetrypoetry, adventure, hilarious-do-not-read-in-public-for-fear-you-will-be-judged-for-barking-like-a-seal dialogue, Omnictionary (which, to my utmost delight, actually exists!)and perhaps the most important high point…. NAKED GR
At a superficial level, Paper Towns is not much apart from a regular YA novel.

It's about American teenagers doing what teenagers do - surviving high school, trying to fit into social cliques, getting into colleges, dating, breaking up, dating again, losing their virginities and so on and so forth.
Yet simmering deeper beneath that surface, it is a story flavoured with the bittersweetness of life itself.

It is about an unremarkable, often ignored boy named Quentin whose presence is almost taken f
The thing about Paper Towns is that I actually really like it. I like the writing, the pacing and the characters ~ all except the infamous Ms.Margo Roth Spiegelman. My dislike for her is pretty intense, and as such, I can't muster up any sympathy for her. Although I can certainly understand a life-long crush, and don't have a hard time with Quentin's behavior towards Margo, I do have a hard time with his friends being so supportive of his quest to find her. Actually, everyone seems to be quite s ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Paper Towns is my first John Green novel. I know, I know. I’m so late, but now I have the advantage of buying and reading almost all (I’ve preordered The Fault in Our Stars) of his books straight away, which I will do, because I’ve decided that he’s awesome. His books have been on my “to read” list for a while but I was a little apprehensive about picking them up. I worried that they would just be typical young adult realistic fiction novels that involve a lot of romance, break-ups and teen angs ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Favorite book character? 41 144 3 hours, 42 min ago  
2015 Reading Chal...: Paper Towns by John Green 9 12 7 hours, 46 min ago  
Did Margo suffer from some mental illness? 1 20 15 hours, 56 min ago  
All the Books!: Paper Towns by John Green 20 10 Jan 27, 2015 10:56AM  
Songs that fit PaperTowns? 60 511 Jan 26, 2015 08:18PM  
Last One to Post is a Winner! 3 4 Jan 25, 2015 06:07PM  
The 2015 Reading ...: YA Group Read (February 2015) - Paper Towns, by John Green 2 27 Jan 24, 2015 01:44PM  
  • Going Bovine
  • Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #4)
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
  • My Most Excellent Year
  • Marcelo in the Real World
  • Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)
  • How to Build a House
  • The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie (Ashbury/Brookfield, #3)
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)
  • Carter Finally Gets It (Carter Finally Gets It, #1)
  • On the Jellicoe Road
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Spanking Shakespeare
  • This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
  • Twisted
  • Speechless
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New
More about John Green...
The Fault in Our Stars Looking for Alaska An Abundance of Katherines Will Grayson, Will Grayson Let It Snow

Share This Book

50 trivia questions
4 quizzes
More quizzes & trivia...
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 8306 likes
“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.” 6085 likes
More quotes…