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Paper Towns

Green, John, 1977- (Paperback - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Green, John, 1977-
Statement of Responsibility: John Green
Title: Paper Towns
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2009, c2008
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Includes author's note and discussion questions
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Missing persons Fiction Florida Fiction Bildungsromans
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Missing persons
Bildungsromans
ISBN: 9780142414934
014241493X
Branch Call Number: FIC G
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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.


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Sep 06, 2014
  • Demigod4Ever rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Love John Green and all of his books.

Sep 04, 2014
  • Johnthedog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read

Aug 21, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nothing turns out the way you expect, even this book.

Aug 17, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A nice bit of light reading with one stand out problem which takes our main character ages to figure out - the object of his obsession/affection or whatnot is a concept. That being said everyone in the book sees everyone else as a concept in one way or the other and we are talking about eighteen year old boys for the most part here - and a few eighteen year old girls who are certainly not blameless either.

Quentin (a.k.a. Q) and Margo have lived next door to each other for most of their lives, they were close as kids but in high school they are apart of vastly different social circles. One night Margo appears in Q's window, has him take her around town having adventures and exacting revenge against some people, then vanishes the next day.

There's your standard high school drama but also some standard life drama as people change, people wonder the many fates that Margo may have met, and people move on with their lives while others don't. It's a bit draggy at parts but Green's wonderful turns of phrase and fantastic dialogue keep you reading even as you begin to know how Q's and Margo's story ends well before the end.

Aug 10, 2014
  • ooglaboogala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book grabs you right from the start... the characters are quite funny and the book is too... if you like TFIOS (the fault in our stars) you'll like this book by john green as well.

Aug 01, 2014
  • AdrianaPaola rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is very touching and at many points hilarious. Its a twisted version of a teenagers love life at some point.

Jul 29, 2014
  • Cleveland Youth Services Recommends rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Meh, wasn't really getting the essence of the great John Green in this one. I had to struggle to finish reading. And I had such high hopes for this one.

Jul 25, 2014
  • rastadana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great novel by John Green.

Jul 24, 2014
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Different than other John Green books this book is full of humour and the ending was very good!

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Aug 01, 2014
  • AdrianaPaola rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 05, 2014
  • White_Wolf_10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 16, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 02, 2013
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May 28, 2013
  • rachelhoback rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

rachelhoback thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 23

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Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

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Jul 04, 2014
  • Horse_Freak_1712 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some coarse language

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Aug 03, 2014
  • laylaaa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Maybe all the strings inside him broke.”

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

"The longer I do my job, the more I realize that humans lack good mirrors."

"It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined."-Quentin
(My fave quote)

Jul 12, 2014
  • violet_flamingo_261 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"The longer I do my job, the more I realize that humans lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel," --- "... I am not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is,"

Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Did you know that for pretty much the 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 retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more 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.”

Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I'm starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, & so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.”

Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. 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.”

Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

Jul 27, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

Jul 16, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

^^ one of my favorite quotes

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The Paper Town Academy: John Green at TEDxIndianapolis

A guide to the term 'paper town'

May 23, 2010
  • librarianjen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

John Green talks about Paper Towns

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