Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.
©2008 John Green; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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No, my friends don't read YA. However, I would recommend it to an Audible fan of John Green. I enjoyed the explanation for paper towns and the road trip.
I enjoyed the main character the best. I identified with his longing and unrequited love (or obsession).
I thought his best was a little over-the-top obnoxious and I didn't care for Margot Roth Spiegelman. I found her selfish.
I really enjoyed this book, maybe not as much as Looking for Alaska, but it still had the desired impact. John Green creates a world that you feel like you are a part of and makes you analyze all the triumphs and mistakes you experienced while there. This story is a great read for almost any age. I definitely recommend picking it up. Great narration by the way.
"I didnt need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back."
Mr. Middle Earth
It was an entertaining read, with very likable and even funny characters. Though I found it very readable, and it did keep my interest, at times it just sorta ... disappointed. I was let down by what the search for Margot meant... and very disappointed with how it all cashed out in the end.
The book has a very fun story line, and some GREAT characters that truly get you laughing out loud, but the ending was, to my mind, a bit anti-climatic.... a bit of a let down.
Definitely not John Green's best work. His best is The Fault in Our Stars, which is a masterpiece. 2nd would be Looking for Alaska.
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good story. sad endings. this would make a great gift for an eighth grader.. ya know i wonder sometimes how high school stories can be so deep, i mean in that "era" you dont really know who you are but the author gives these kids a purpose. i like this author alot he is funny. in this story radar had it right the whole time.
I saw someone comment about this book not being for kids due to language.... Ya. Young adults. And, you cannot shelter your kids from the world or the world will be overwhelming and/or mysterious, neither are good.
As for the book, it's great. John green is an amazing writer of wit and humor waltzing with misery and loss. His writing is alluring and, as a bonus, his stories are interesting. This is an almost impossible combination. An intriguing plot can be ruined with bad writing.
John Green always makes me laugh hysterically.
Not bad really. Not superb as in his other books. Mr. Green has a talent to write youth in the most stark light possible. Which considering how cagey teenagers can be, it's a real gift. Paper Towns had a satisfactory ending and characters you could care about. All in all not bad.
Librarian, blogger, reader
In some ways it reminded me a bit of Green's Looking for Alaska. There is a girl who is mysterious and misunderstood, one boy is sort of obsessed with her but doesn't really know her, she is suddenly gone and then everyone tries to figure out what happened to her. But that's where the similarities end.
I love a good road trip novel, and I enjoyed the one in this book even more than those in An Abundance of Katherines (also John Green) or Amy and Roger's Epic Detour or Going Bovine. There's something wonderful about teenagers heading out together on an unsupervised trip without permission or proper provisions. I liked seeing them find their way to their destination, while strengthening their friendships along the way.
On their trip to find Margo, it became clear that each character had a different way of seeing her. Nobody really knew her because she kept herself veiled and only revealed what she wanted others to see, but everyone interpreted those clues through their own filters. It became clear just how much our views of other people are shaped by our own lenses.
I've read most of John Green's books at this point and this is definitely one of my favorites (along with The Fault In Our Stars). His characters are clever and witty, yet still have the faults inherent in being a teenager. The narration was well done and I very much enjoyed listening to it.
Ok, so I know this book is in teen lit, and I am not a teen, but I love these books. I love the character development of John Green's books, but I must admit this was not my favorite. I felt that at the end the main femal e character was not particulatly likable, but the story was still a fun read.
I have a CRAZY commute... Audiobooks help keep me sane. I love fiction with story lines that I can imagine happening today.
Wow! I REALLY enjoyed this book. I listen to audible books to break up my long commute, and this is one of those books that makes you look very strange to the drivers around you. I was laughing out loud, and at other times talking back to the narrator.
I loved the few lines that Radar had. GREAT!!!
The narrator was perfect for the story line. Humor was delivered dead-pan, and the philosophical thoughts were presented with intonation when needed.
Laugh out loud! The characters were endearing.
Now to read anything and everything else that the author has written!
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