Paper Towns

Paper Towns

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IndyPL_SteveB May 21, 2019

An excellent and thoughtful teen novel, also a winner of the Edgar Award for best young adult mystery.

Quentin is a high school senior in Orlando, Florida. His next door neighbor is charismatic Margo. They were good friends when they were 10 but by the time they got to high school, he was in NerdLand and she was a school leader. He is still fixated on her. A few weeks before graduation, she climbs into his second story window and drags him off for a night of adventures, getting revenge on her cheating boyfriend and other people. She complains how she hates living in this paper town with all the paper people. The next day Margo does not show up for school, leaving a cryptic, depressed note and a lot of clues. Quentin talks several friends into helping him track through the clues. As he does, he begins to realize that he has kept this idealized image of Margo in his head for years; but he has no idea what she is really like. To track her down, he will have to learn who she really is – and to discover a lot more about himself.

Great dialogue and characters, with some hilarious scenes, will keep teen readers galloping along; but the philosophy and wisdom is what will stick with them. Walt Whitman’s *Leaves of Grass* provides a lot of the clues and subtext for the story (and gave me a better understanding of Whitman, too). A challenging book in a lot of ways, not necessarily as a hard read, but as a book which challenges the reader to move toward adulthood.

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sparklesloth
Nov 26, 2018

Is this book good
? Firdose??????????????? Is it that good? is it worth a try?

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GillDLewis
Aug 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the suspense. I really wanted there to be a hoppy ending. I won't spoil it by telling whether that happened or not.

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lyla786
Aug 19, 2018

I was told this was a good read, and because I'd read "The Fault in Our Stars" and fallen in love with it, I had high expectations for this book.
Unfortunately, it didn't quite meet those expectations.
The book was slow. So. Damn. Slow.
I'll admit the beginning held my interest--for awhile, anyways. Then the middle became SO tedious, and it stayed that way, until the end, when it became AWFUL.
Quentin's life revolved around Margo, and I have no idea why the hell it did.
Perhaps I just wasn't able to connect to it as much as other people. I don't understand what Quentin accomplished by skipping his graduation and tracking her down.

Overall, imo it wasn't something I'd have expected from this author.

- Lyla

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Book_Pikachu
Aug 01, 2018

This book was a good read! The mystery of it keeps you captivated. It takes you on an adventure with the characters that you lose yourself in. it is about friendship and making bonds you wouldn't have normally, not giving up and acceptance. Very beautifully written and beautiful and vast concepts or outlook on life. I found myself rereading quotes because they are very thought provoking and wonderful! This is my first john green book will definitely read more of his books!

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 30, 2018

This book has mixed reviews and you will either love it or you will hate it. Pick it up now and decide for yourself

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SJACadette5
May 29, 2018

John Green is an amazing writer, who has the ability to captivate you within the first few pages of some of his books. Unfortunately this book is not one of them, I was very excited to read this book but, soon realized it wasn’t just a slow beginning it was a slow book. The plot of the story is great, but the way the book was written doesn’t serve the idea justice. I would recommend reading another book, that will captivate you within the first few pages
-SC

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manjari825
Jan 23, 2018

I hated this book! I didn't connect with the plot or characters...this book was like a REALLY bad mystery that didn't want to be solved...some of Green's other books are way better though

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humming
Dec 29, 2017

I read it but do not recommend it... did not engage with the characters or the plot... too convoluted for me.

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amylee290
Aug 09, 2017

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

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.

ArapahoeLesley 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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KeenaL
Aug 29, 2016

This book made me want to pull elaborate pranks on my enemies. Then plan a road trip to the second for a random destination.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 27, 2016

It was a nice novel to read in my free time. I picked it up from my local library back in 2015 when the book’s movie was popular and gave it a go; I must admit, I wasn’t too disappointed. The characters aren’t too shallow and aren’t too deep- I personally think their personalities have a right balance between realistic and creative. The plot was captivating enough to have me hooked on each page. It’s a coming of age story in which the protagonist, Quentin Jacobsen, falls for a girl that doesn’t quite share his feelings of devotion. In conclusion, it was a nice little story and it was easy enough to digest. Give it a go, it’s quite fun. 3/5 Stars. @Bloop of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Paper Towns, by John Green, was an excellent book that had me hooked almost immediately. John Green is a really great author, and I think his books are perfect for both teens and adults. This book had a bit of a slower start, which could discourage some people when starting it, but as soon as the plot picks up, you’ll find it hard to put the book down. I really liked most of the characters, like Quentin, Lacey, Margo and some others. The story was, like most of John Greens books, pretty unique and mixed some common young adult book themes with a storyline that’s completely different from anything else I’ve read. I would give this book a rating of 8/10.
@bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

If you like adventure and romance, this book is perfect for you. John Green's novel "Paper Towns" Is about a boy named Quentin who has a crush on the girl next door, Margo. As nine year olds, they find a dead body in the park which create a bond between them. Nine years later, the girl next door who he likes climbs through his window and asks him to go on an adventure with her. When Margo disappears, Quentin sets out to find her and realizes she left clues as to where she was. I would give this book a 4/5 as it is a very sweet story of how to kids fall in love while the book is also suspenseful as he has to solve the mysteries to get to Margo. @flarrow_s of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

"I can certainly say that this is an amazing John Green novel. It tells the story of the adventurous girl next door, Margo, who lives a wild and crazy life that is full of tales. She likes to make sure that she lives every moment of her life to the fullest and without regret. She doesn’t follow the rules of society and does things in her own unique way. Until one day she disappears all together. It is up to the boy next door , Quentin, who must go and find her with the help of his friends . They devise a plan to find Margo, based on the clues that she has left behind. Their adventure is packed with humor, romance, and did I mention humor. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to change up their usual boring average book of a girl who falls for a boy. There are parts of this book that are so relatable to life that it will have you cringing to read more. I strongly advise you to pick of this book and read like there is no tomorrow!"
- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

Full disclosure: Yes, I saw the film first, but, unlike THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, that experience had no effect on my enjoyment of this book. PAPER TOWNS is not a teenage fairy tale. It is a journey, both literal and metaphorical, about impressions, expectations, and the breaking of those illusions by truly knowing a person. People are windows, in essence, but we cloud them up and use them as mirrors instead. Living his life on the right track, Quentin Jacobsen can only imagine his childhood friend and unattainable crush Margo Roth Spiegelman as a mystical alluring entity. He pictures her heart as pure and golden as when they were kids while accepting her as a mystery, a beautiful enigma from afar. He keeps a safe distance for a lot of his life, a hands-off approach to experiencing high school. He plans for his future while spending his adolescence just idling time, patiently waiting for it, until, one evening, Margo leaps through his window and drags him outside his comfort zone for a wild night to remember. Then she vanishes. With a scarcity of information on her whereabouts, Quentin investigates her disappearance and takes a last-minute road trip with his friends in tow in search of her. Ultimately, this novel teaches us a lesson in empathy, realizing that everyone has emotions and is struggling with something and that people live their lives not to feed into some caricature painted by outsiders but to fulfill the needs of one's self and loved ones. So, while it may be impossible to walk in someone else's shoes, there is something noble in the attempt. And while it's not my favourite John Green novel because of the ambling pace combined with the hecticness of the constantly shifting narrative, I still appreciate the hamfisted delivery of its message. I'd recommend it.

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avao418
Jul 24, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this book. Yet another great book written by John green. The suspense of finding each clue and then the end where they find Margo. Didn't see it coming. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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nohkes101
Jul 17, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this book because of the suspense. But I wasn't to happy with the ending, pretty much the entire book they were solving clues for nothing!

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Sohama
Jul 09, 2016

Paper towns is about a guy who goes and searches for a girl who has run away. The story starts off with adventures the girl takes him through then the adventure he needs to go in search for her.

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Ginger207
Jul 09, 2016

It is a very good book


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