Paper Towns

Paper Towns

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 12, 2020

This book turned out to be something different than I thought it would be, but I loved it. The best thing about this book was the humour, every single line of this book was funny. Most of John Green’s writing is funny, that's what I like about his books. In this book, there's lots of adventure, road trips and mystery. Quentin and his friends, Radar and Ben have funny and unique personalities that make the book better. I think this book described the term ‘living in the moment’ very well because though the characters in the book are seniors and are going to be graduating, they really take the time in the book to go on road trips, or spend time together and have fun. This book describes high school very well, which is perfect for anyone over the age of 13. I rate this book a 3/5.
@peppapig of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Anika_Singh
Jul 21, 2020

Quentin and Margot are neighbors and students in their senior year of high school. They used to be good friends as kids but ended up drifting apart. One night, Margot invites Quentin to help her pull off a plan to get revenge on her enemies. The next day, Margot suddenly disappears. Quentin is determined to find out where Margot went and he sets out on an adventure with his best friends.

Not one of my favorites. This book failed to keep me interested and the climax was rather disappointing. There were a few funny and intriguing moments throughout the book, but overall it was uninspiring and average.

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Bushra_20
Jun 23, 2020

Young and shy Quentin (Nat Wolff) is in for the night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that she left behind, Quentin embarks on an obsessive mission to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive. Like that famous saying, it is Q's journey rather than the destination that matters most. Whether or not he finds Margo and her paper towns, Quentin discovers love and finds that it can be just as elusive and multifaceted and imperfect as Margo. With author John Green at the controls, the ride is always memorable.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Apr 05, 2020

I like that this story has aspects of both adventure and mystery but in a modern setting (as opposed to a fantasy setting which is what I'm used to reading).

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creativegirly123
Mar 25, 2020

I'm always into books that's more on adventures, and this book's truly amazing for my satisfaction. Paper town may seem overrated thats because it truly is unique from other roadtrip books. Plus the enigmatic character of Margo is very interesting and the words are so poetic. Q was really smart and its fascinating how he describes margo as a beautifully mysterious person. He's lines are truly remarkable i can even memorize it, "Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterwards, i could never stoo thinking that maybe, she loved mysteries so much that she became one." Q. A novel similar to this one is Finding Audrey.

ArapahoeTina Jan 02, 2020

The best part of this novel for me was the road trip at the end. The slower pacing and fixation on a girl I didn't find particularly interesting made this difficult to get through for me.

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cryptidparadox
Oct 27, 2019

The ending is really disappointing and honestly feels rushed.

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nooriafahim23
Aug 06, 2019

WOW, all I can say is WOW! Because it was a shock... I wasn't expecting such a heartfelt book!

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jenetics9
Jul 30, 2019

"Paper Towns is a book that pieces together very well. It shows a very good aspect of teenage culture, and I enjoyed the comedy spread out throughout the book. I would recommend this book to people who like open endings."
Review written by my eldest child.

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onepandella
Jul 04, 2019

Quentin goes on a crazy adventure with Margo Roth Spiegelman the night before she goes missing. He realizes she left behind a trace of clues for him so that he could find her. With the help of his friends, they try to connect the clues together and find her.

3.5/5 : This book was ok. The execution was nothing special, but...it still managed to strike a cord and resonate with me. It was a lighthearted read that slowly developed into something up having thought-provoking themes. Overall I like this book; it has its flaws, but it ultimately made me realize things I hadn't realized before.

I liked the characters, but objectively Quentin is boring - I get that that's the point of his character, but as a protagonist he was weak. I also found myself questioning him whenever he went into philosophical thought. Despite him being such a bland character that doesn't care about a lot of things, he still manages to come to a conclusion about the meaning of life? I also didn't like Quentin's narration. It was redundant - and I get that's kind of the point, but still. Ultimately I still liked the characters. M favorite part of the book was the ending and its themes. Because we were in Quentin's point of view, we had the same expectations he had. So when it got to the end, we were disappointed in the same way Quentin was. Quentin's version - our version - of Margo was shattered and we had to learn how to accept that. The ending could have easily ended how we all expected to, but the end stayed true to Margo's character, and Quentin had to learn how to accept that. It wasn't how I wanted it to end, but I guess that was the point.

What I Take Away : You can't expect someone to be the answer. It's easy to fall in love with the idea of someone; to believe that they're perfect, they're flawless, that they're exactly what you expect them to be. But ultimately they're not. They're just a person. Life can also be really bland. Are we ok with living a bland and safe life, or is it better to dream of something bigger, something out of reach , something more?

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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Maroon5
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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