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Paper Towns

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  607,425 Ratings  ·  40,169 Reviews
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, alw
Paperback, 305 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Speak (first published October 16th 2008)
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Brittany Rheault For those of you were disappointed in the ending for it not really doing anything.. I believe that was the point. This whole immaculate road trip…moreFor those of you were disappointed in the ending for it not really doing anything.. I believe that was the point. This whole immaculate road trip amped us up for some big movie scene ending when in reality it just wasn't. Margo was amped up in Q's mind to be this untouchable more-than-human species, but she just wasn't. It was John Green finally putting us in Q's shoes when we couldn't do it throughout the entire book. Therefore, this quote about "what a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person" (i think is how it went) was not only for Q, but it was for the readers. What a treacherous thing to believe Margo had some big golden egg at the end of the hunt. She is just a teenager trying to find herself. That's it.(less)
Rio This book was not at all what I was expecting. The characters are what makes Paper Towns so intriging though. I never found this book boring just slow…moreThis book was not at all what I was expecting. The characters are what makes Paper Towns so intriging though. I never found this book boring just slow at parts, but they end quick to tell about exciting things. There are tins of moments that constantly had me bursting out laughing. This book is deep and has many different level of humans and ways of reasoning. A truley compellimg and thoughtful book. (less)
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Jamie Felton
Jun 03, 2008 Jamie Felton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Sasha Alsberg
Jul 27, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it liked it
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
Emily May
Apr 16, 2016 Emily May rated it really liked it
"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 is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

Then TFi

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
Jan 15, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
K.D. Absolutely
May 02, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: Ace
Shelves: ya, borrowed
“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
Ellen Lundström
Jul 19, 2015 Ellen Lundström rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, own, 2015
For anyone who is thinking of reading this book, I'll save you the trouble. Who is the real Margo? An attention whore. That's who Margo is.
Dec 04, 2013 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2012 Lhara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2015 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected in many ways but still quite a ride!


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 not shocked if many readers wouldn’t enjoy this book, s
Lola  Reviewer

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 prose always succeeds in charming me and I don’t quite c
Clau R.
Jul 08, 2015 Clau R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
OHHHHH. No sé qué pensar... así que lo dividiré.

Lo que NO me gustó:

- La segunda parte del libro, "THE GRASS", se me hizo eterna y en partes muy aburrida.
- Que Quentin no pudiera pensar en nada y en nadie que no fuera Margo Roth Spiegelman. Eso consumía cada minuto de su existencia y lo hacía dejar de lado a sus amigos y otras cosas importantes.
- El speech inspiracional-metafórico de Quentin al final del libro, de ventanas y espejos y cuerdas y todas esas cosas. O sea, me gustó el mensaje, PERO
DNF 64%

Oh, this was just awful. I quite liked the banter between Q and his friends, but I could not stand another word about that damn Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo Roth Spiegelman is beautiful, Margo Roth Spiegelman is perfect, Margo Roth Spiegelman is sensational, she’s better than everyone else, she’s more than everyone else, and basically she’s everything you’re not. Margo Roth Spiegelman screams Manic Pixie Dream Girl from miles away, she’s whimsical and different and did I mention she’s bet
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
2.5 Stars

Basically a kid who's very desperate for a prom date.

Plot Rundown:
Typical unpopular boy with an ordinary boring as bread life.

Suddenly super cool unattainable popular pretty girl/childhood crush Margo Roth Beagleman
(or whatever her Margmazing name is), breaks into his house and wants to hang out.

They go do a bunch of “pranks” on people who Magnificent Margo, thinks have done her wrong.

Mysterious Margo then disappears, because, I don't know, her life's fake or something.

Our kid with
Dec 25, 2014 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 18, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Megs ♥
Feb 07, 2012 Megs ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 22, 2013 V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
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
Feb 26, 2013 Ferdy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 14, 2011 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Oct 30, 2015 Etnik rated it liked it
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.
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 trip
8.Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to yo
Going to stop this one at 25%... I'm just not able to get into it no matter how hard I try. Sigh. I love John Green books, but I'm not sure this is the one for me.
Oct 15, 2008 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Cait • A Page with a View
Jun 08, 2016 Cait • A Page with a View rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, contemporary-ya
I think John Green's books are just never going to be my thing.

He's really intelligent and a solid writer, but something about the way he writes "quirky" girls and the same general formula has just gotten really old for me. Most of his characters annoy me and everything just seems unrealistic. So my 1 star rating is for my DNF and complete lack of interest... not for the quality of the book. Like I think a ton of people will love this book and already do, so I'll just leave it with: I'm out.

My b
“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 of things, but instead he was so obsessed with finding M
Darth J
Apr 27, 2015 Darth J rated it liked it
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 she wants, and all the legends surrounding her turn out
Dee ♡
Jul 21, 2015 Dee ♡ rated it it was ok
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.
Praiz Sophyronja
Jun 19, 2015 Praiz Sophyronja rated it liked it
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 naive. Ben is silly, which I liked. Razor is the savin
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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
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