Paper Towns

Paper Towns

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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, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525478188
0525478183
9780142414934
014241493X
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y GREEN, J

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"Q" and his friends take to the road in search of his high school crush. Quintessential Green.

A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2018.

This title was a Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2017.

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DCLteens Jun 27, 2017

Q believes everyone gets a miracle and his miracle is Margo Roth Spiegelman. After one night of mischief and memories, Margo disappears and Q must decide how far he will go to find the girl he loves.


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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 .

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night_shadow_8
Mar 24, 2019

"sHe LovEd mYsterIes sO muCh ThaT sHe beCame oNe"- Paper Towns

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'But there is all time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it's only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into your. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out."'

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'Oh." I say."Oh right. The fourth food group wasn't crackers."'

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'Of course he is. You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in aything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it's going with my girlfriend - but I don't give a shit, man, because you're you. My parents have a shit ton of black Santas, but that's okay. That's them. I'm too obsessed with a reference web site to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call or my girlfriend. That's okay too. That's me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You're funny, ad you're smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually."
"Thanks."
"Yeah, well I wasn't complimenting you. Just saying; stop thinking Ben should be you, and he needs to stop thinking you should be him, and y'all just chill the hell out."'

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

(looking out across the city from a skyscraper)
“You see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean look at it: look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

“Did you know that for pretty much entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it. About the future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future -- you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

“Chuck Parson did not participate in organized sports, because to do so would distract from the larger goal of his life: to one day be convicted of homicide.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

“Radar was our other best friend. We called him Radar because he looked like a little bespectacled guy called Radar on this old TV show M*A*S*H, except 1. The TV Radar wasn't black, and 2. At some point after the nicknaming, our Radar grew about six inches and start wearing contacts, so I suppose that 3. He actually didn't look like the guy on M*A*S*H at all, but 4. With three and a half weeks left of high school, we weren't very well going to renickname him.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

“I think the future deserves our faith. But it is hard to argue with Emily Dickinson.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 01, 2016

“It is so hard to leave--until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

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Nov 26, 2018

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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.

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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r3fusingtosink
Jun 21, 2015

This is an amazing book that will leave your tongue not bitter, sweet, or anything in between- but full of a desire to learn how to leave. You'll find pieces of yourself in well developed characters after a night of adventure as you crave so much more, and then a craving of adventure, will flip into a craving for her. Oh dear Margo, it will almost be a little search for yourself along the way.

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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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