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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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    Valeria 09-15-14
    Valeria 09-15-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sugarpucker 09-11-14
    Sugarpucker 09-11-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Jon quakertown, PA, USA 10-28-08
    Jon quakertown, PA, USA 10-28-08
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    "papertowns is awesome"

    woot! nerdfighters ftw!!!!

    15 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren K. 05-29-15
    Lauren K. 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was good if you enjoy John Green"
    Any additional comments?

    John Green always tends to make his high school age characters much more witty, deep, and intelligent than actual teenagers tend to be. This book is no exception. This is a good story that follows the main character, a teenage boy, and his obsession with a mysterious teenage girl. At some point the story starts to become a little disappointing because it follows the real life logic that thing never happen the way you imagine them, or things are never quite as grand as you imagine them. I like John Green, but this is not one of my favorite books...although it is well written. Oh, and the narrator was pretty good, except his voice for the black friend almost had a Civil War slave era twang to it that grated my nerves through the first half. Weird choice for a kid who was supposed to grow up in central FL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Healy Stephenville, TX 05-28-15
    S. Healy Stephenville, TX 05-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I'm not impressed, but YOU should read/listen."
    What did you love best about Paper Towns?

    The cast of supporting characters kept me interested. They're varied enough and strange enough to be real people without becoming sheer archetypes. There's depth and dimension to each of them, which further illustrates the point of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was like being slapped in the face by someone you cared about and then stroked on the cheek and told, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean it."


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    This was one of the better audiobook performances I've heard. The only thing that bothered me about this was the voice Dan chose to give to Radar. It was a total caricature.


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

    It was short enough to do that, but it just didn't hold my interest. I went several days between sessions and only came back because I wanted to finish it before the movie comes out.


    Any additional comments?

    The hype is strong with this one. It's not John Green's best work. In fact, I don't think The Fault in Our Stars was his best either, but both are movies now. I'm glad it was hyped to death though, because I think in order to best empathize with the main character at the end you have to feel just sort of okay about the time you've invested. It's important to have grand expectations as you follow the story along, so that as the pieces fall into place you too experience disillusionment at something that's still good, but not at all as cool as you thought it would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kiley 05-25-15
    kiley 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    All teenagers should read it.
    I loved the inflection in the bar narrators voice great book loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katt978 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 05-25-15
    Katt978 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good until the last few chapters"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes! The last few chapters. John Greene is an amazing story teller. I have read several of his other books, but I must say, this one fell flat. The story kept building and building and then.... well, I won't spoil it- but I expected something amazing- and THAT was not it.


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

    Not really, I liked Fault in our Stars much better.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He does great voices for all the characters. He sounded just right for the characters. Well done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia K. 05-25-15
    Sophia K. 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER"

    Oh man this book is just ahhhhhhhh! With Cara playing Margo it's sure to be an amazing movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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