Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525478188
0525478183
Branch Call Number: YA GRE
Characteristics: 305 p. ;,22 cm

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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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Sarme
Apr 01, 2018

This is a very over-hyped book, with immature humour and a disappointing plot twist with stereotypical characters and plot. I didn't feel for the characters or understand them, would not recommend.

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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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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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emrong
Jun 30, 2018

emrong thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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SJACadette5
May 29, 2018

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black_giraffe_142
May 26, 2018

black_giraffe_142 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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blue_wolf_2158
Apr 06, 2018

blue_wolf_2158 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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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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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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