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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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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!

Papertowns, written by John Green, follows the journey of Quentin Jacobsen in search of the mysterious and outgoing Margo Roth Spiegelman. Quentin and Margo have known each other since they were kids, during which Quentin develops feelings for her. The two used to go on all sorts of odd adventures together but stopped once they grew older. Out of nowhere, however, Margo appears once again in later years, this time wanting to involve him in a revengeful attack on her ex-boyfriend. When Margo disappears after their final adventure, Q sets out to find her and solve the mystery of Margo Roth Spiegelman.

The name Papertowns is a baffling reoccurring symbol within the novel. It is a symbol that represents the Margo and how she is depicted by her peers. Q goes through a few instances while searching for Margo wherein the term Papertowns appears quite frequently. Each time it appears, Q’s definition of who Margo truly is slightly alters. In the final instance of the term appearing within the novel, Q learns that the term Papertown is given to a place that doesn’t truly exist and is only created by a map maker in order to ensure no one copies their map. Margo was eventually found in the location of one these so-called Papertowns called Agloe, thus revealing that Margo herself is a Papertown. Margo is viewed in many ways by the people around her, some idolizing her and some looking down upon her, when in reality this is just some sort of “map” they created to get some sort of vision of who she is.

This novel, so elegantly written by John Green is highly enjoyable to all. Even disregarding the story itself, the inspirational words of Green are able to entice any sort of audience. After having read the book, not only does the story linger in the reader’s mind, but also leaves them with some sort of moral or message to hold onto.

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

Okay, this book is soo good! It is about a boy whose neighbor goes missing, and he and his friends basically try to find her with various clues she left behind. If you haven't read it yet, you HAVE to!!!

Jul 09, 2014
  • Chassie_bro rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I fell in love with this book and John Green's writing. It had me laughing the whole way through and kept me on the edge of my seat. I agree the the characters were very unique and had such strong friendships. This book is a must read. I cant wait to read more from John Green.

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

Wow, what a real eye opener about the differences between who people really are, how they present themselves and who they want to be. This was yet another amazing book by John Green.

I love this book so much! Can't wait for the movie adaptation in 2015! It's definitely worth reading!

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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

Find it at NYPL

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