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Paper Towns | [John Green]

Paper Towns

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Harleen 04-27-14
    Harleen 04-27-14
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    "Wish I hadn't finished"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. The books performance was quite well. The narrators expressions just made the text come to life. The storyline was also really well written. I love how the ending wasn't just another cliché ending, it was more realistic, which I liked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book just made me laugh throughout. On the other hand it kept me on my toes, it always made me want to keep hearing more of the book. I wanted to finish, but on the other hand I didn't


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lora 04-04-14
    lora 04-04-14

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "Hallow endings"

    This book was outrageously funny. Smart and witty with true banter between friends. It was interesting enough to make me want to see where the book would go. I found the ending disappointing. It wasn't that it didn't tie up loose ends. Au contrair. It did just not the way I wanted it too. Would I recommend? you bet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valeria 09-15-14
    Valeria 09-15-14

    The Mad Reader

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    "Awkard Road Trip, Fun Story"

    John Green is an author genius! I haven’t read a book of his I haven’t loved so far, but I have to admit I am starting to discover a certain pattern.

    This book, as all the others, features a great group of friends were values like loyalty comes through.

    So, this book is about Q, a regular teenager about to graduate from High School who has never done anything extraordinary. He has good grades, is going to a great university but hasn’t done anything a High Schooler would deem as awesome.

    On the other hand we have Margo, who is practically a legend for all the unconventional things she has achieved.

    Put these two together and some crazy things may happen.

    Basically this story is the crazy journey Q goes through to find Margo. It involves mystery, some self discovery and the worst road trip ever! Seriously, who goes on a road trip but doesn’t stop anywhere? Ok, ok…they had a mission, but for what road trips are worth, this is definitely the worst.

    This plot was enticing and got me hooked from page 1. I just needed some more. This is the kind of book that will leave you thinking about it long after you’re finished.

    I did find a lot of resemblance to Looking for Alaska, but it’s not quite the same. It deals with different issues like self discovery and the perception we have of others, and the sense of adventure these characters have is different.

    The characters, as always, are very rich. They have even more dimensions they can see. They are so tangible you can imagine them easily. They could be any kid out there, which makes the story more beautiful.

    Margo is my favourite. Even though Looking For Alaska remains to be my favourite John Green book, I found Margo much more exciting and real than Alaska. She is not as cryptic as her, and she seemed to have lived more, in the sense of enjoying life at its fullest. I was also able to grasp her personality and relate to her much more easily.

    I would definitely want her to be my friend, no doubt. Life could never be boring with her. She is smart, interesting and with substance. Plus, you definitely wouldn’t want to cross her. No, no, this girl is a spiteful one.

    As always, this book is insightful and kind of addicting. I want some more! And I can’t wait for the movie.

    John Green is becoming one of my favourite authors fast!

    Dan John Miller did a great job with the narration. I loved how he did Radar so smooth and chill. I think he nailed the character. He also did an excellent job with the girl’s voices and never mixed any characters. My only complaint is that I felt his voice was too manly to play Q, I kind of needed him to sound a bit younger. But overall, this narrator is one of the best I’ve heard so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-11-14
    Jennifer 09-11-14 Member Since 2012

    sugarpucker

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    "Great book 3.5 stars"

    I really liked this book. Emotion and humor. Events do happen in the book. For example, there is much clue following and deciphering and shenanigans. But, interestingly, all the major plot points and the denouement were all emotional. But they are so well intertwined and disguised within the events happening in the book, that you almost don't recognize the emotional ride. You feel the emotions but you don't feel 'preached at' or in any way existential. But, I promise, the book will stick with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Booms Walsh Madison, WI, United States 08-13-14
    Holly Booms Walsh Madison, WI, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

    audiobook addict

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    "great road trip, flat ending"

    Classic John Green teenagers engage in witty banter. Oddball Margo enlivens the life of staid Quentin in one memorable night of hijinks and daring, then disappears. Q and his friends follow a trail of clues to figure out where Margo went, all the while negotiating the end of senior year of high school and contemplating the inevitable "end of an era" that is coming after high school. The unlikely intermixing of kids in different social groups reminded me of classic high school movies like The Breakfast Club, Can't Hardly Wait, and Empire Records.

    This book opens with a bang, hums along with the giddiness of senior year, roars into the wild abandon of a ridiculous road trip... and then stutters to a halt into a too-talky, overblown precious ending full of sweeping philosophical statements that seem empty. At least the story didn't wrap up neatly into a happily ever after romance.

    While a lot of the book is enjoyable, I felt like Green was trying too hard, and his characters became flat dialogue bubbles at the end. I don't believe that he achieved the coming of age character progression that would have redeemed the book. I'd recommend 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' instead.

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    Brian 08-08-14
    Brian 08-08-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Caricatures not Characters. Difficult To Finish!"
    Any additional comments?

    The book started okay, about a 3 star, but the last half is brutal. It’s like John Green is writing as a teenager, as he thinks teenagers want to read about teenagers. He creates caricatures of stereotypes and sprinkles in ‘quirkiness’ through literature and music and it all comes off as eye-rollingly annoying. The main character is obsessed with a girl that I did not care about at all. I kept hoping they’d find her dead, so he would get on with the story…but sadly…that WAS the story. After putting 5 hours into the book I was determined to finish,but it was not easy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 07-27-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 07-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A great summertime read!"

    An unusual book about two teenagers facing the end of high school. Twists and turns made you keep listening.

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    Stefanie Key West, Florida 07-21-14
    Stefanie Key West, Florida 07-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Should be in the Young Adult section"

    Ok story, but really more appealing to the teenage mind. It has a semi-interesting mystery storyline, yet a little too simplistic to be believable, even as fiction.

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    Heather K United States 06-24-14
    Heather K United States 06-24-14

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "The narrator made this for me!"

    **3.5 stars**

    Self-absorbed, privileged, well-educated, upper middle class characters angsting about their existence? Sounds like my home town!

    I actually enjoyed this book a great deal but the ending left me feeling blah.

    I decided to round up because this audiobook narrator was amazing, simply stunning. My favorite was Radar's voice but he managed to make all perfectly unique. Awesome reader, I'll be looking for him in the future.

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    Mike GRAND ISLAND, NE, United States 06-24-14
    Mike GRAND ISLAND, NE, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall, I enjoyed it."
    If you could sum up Paper Towns in three words, what would they be?

    Nice, quick listen.


    Would you recommend Paper Towns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a nice, quick listen. It was entertaining. The narrator was good, but I found his Margo voice really annoying. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the end to be somewhat disappointing.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    Probably Q. Lacey and him seemed like the most real character. I felt like the other characters seemed like caricatures and didn't really seem very well rounded.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not completely. I started listening to it at work. I had to stop due to working (lol), and ended up finishing it after I got off work and woke up. I did finish it in less than a day though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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