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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aharakal Aug 26, 2020

Offensive Language; Sexual Content

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DCLteens Oct 21, 2019

“I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

"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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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?

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ArapahoeTina Jan 10, 2020

“That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

ArapahoeTina Jan 10, 2020

“As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”

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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.”

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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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HannahBP
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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abigail_noack
Jul 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Some coarse language

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