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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  378,348 ratings  ·  25,238 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, has
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Hardcover, Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 13: 9780525478188, 305 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Dutton Books (first published October 1st 2008)
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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
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
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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, all the thoughts he had about it are so painfull
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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" and "kids vs. bears" and "kids in a world without
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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
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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 enjoyable and then it deteriorated for me. I think
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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 Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd
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Louize
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
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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 not shocked if many readers wouldn’t enjoy this book, s
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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.
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
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Lhara
Aug 27, 2012 Lhara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Vanessa
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
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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 absolute non-entity. I had no friends, no enemies,
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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.
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 teenager (the novel's primary audience) reading t
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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 she wants, and all the legends surrounding her turn out
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Meg
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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 of things, but instead he was so obsessed with finding M
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Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
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“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.”

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Paper Towns was one hell of a
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Ferdy
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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
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Rosianna
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.
Inge
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
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Jacob Proffitt
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Kim


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
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Mario
It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.

This is my third John Green's book, and surprisingly (at least to me), also my favorite.

The reason I like and respect John Green so much, is because of how real his books are. No matter if you don't like the book, or dislike the characters, after reading it, you're left with thinking about themes the book dealt with. Important themes it dealt with. And that is why I think his books are so important in
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Arlene
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
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Liam
This has to be one of my favourite books of all time!

I read paper towns around a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it but I decided to reread it after watching the trailer and being incredibly excited!

The first time I read this book I loved it a lot but was incredibly annoyed/disappointed with the ending but this time reading it I fully apple it and liked the ending. Yes, it is slightly anti climate but it is accurate to the characters. I support john green for having it end the way it does becaus
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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 successf
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
This is one of those books that do not really require a review.^^ The following is just a short tribute to the author- well, sort of. ^^

Give it to John Green to shake and bewilder people's perceptions of life and humanity as what he has again successfully achieved in this book. I mean that in a very good way though and as per my experience after reading Green's books as in this case, it usually feels like getting out of a class feeling fully overwhelmed and satiated with wisdom and knowledge.
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Emily  (ObsessedReader)
I have so many thoughts about this book. Mostly good...some not.
Overall, I highly enjoyed this, and I sped through it. Whenever I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it back up.
Issues I had were:
The characters. I liked them all well enough (with the exception of Margo...because I just really couldn't, no matter how hard I tried), but really they all annoyed me at some point. Well, except Radar. He's a cool kid.
My other character related issue is that John Green's main male characters in most o
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