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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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    Stefanie Key West, Florida 07-21-14
    Stefanie Key West, Florida 07-21-14 Member Since 2014
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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 Member Since 2014

    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 2014
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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.


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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 06-14-14
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about Paper Towns?

    The story kept me engaged. It is definitely a young adult novel, but I could still enjoy it. I thought it had some relevancy for young adults in almost any age.


    What other book might you compare Paper Towns to and why?

    I might compare it to a Separate Peace. The characters in both novels have to find their own places in the world. Both books deal in some ways to the other. Although Paper Towns kind of justifies the abandonment of those who are different or adventurous for the sake of security.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think I could have listened to the book without a good reader. He is definitely a good reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Reality is what you make it to be.


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    David 06-13-14
    David 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "no story!"
    What would have made Paper Towns better?

    an interesting story about people you care about.


    What could John Green have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't believe real people would react the way they did in this story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan John Miller?

    the narrator was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment. I listen at work, my 14 yr old son works with me. He loved fault in our stars. so we listened to leaving alaska. it was just okay. this was frustrating. Real people would not act like this. I hated everyone in the book. margot is probably a sociopath. she is a selfish, brat.


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    Brett PROVO, UT, United States 05-21-14
    Brett PROVO, UT, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Writer, actor, improviser, and family man working as a content writer/editor in a SaaS Marketing Department.

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    "Horrible narration, couldn't finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different voice talent.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He had an odd cadence. He sounded like he was reading the book to a 4 year-old. There was no natural style to the dialogue and each character sounded roughly like the same person. On top of that, he just had a boring, milk-bubble voice.


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    James Giles 05-21-14
    James Giles 05-21-14
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    "Another Great John Green Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite book by the author, that would be The Fault in our Stars, but a great listen nonetheless. If you like the author, you'll like this book.

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    Jeff Greiner Raleigh, NC 05-19-14
    Jeff Greiner Raleigh, NC 05-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Find me a John a Green novel I won't love..."
    If you could sum up Paper Towns in three words, what would they be?

    Teenage adventure and revelation.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green captures teenaged ness in spirit though stories of things that are generally fantastic, unrealistic, and yet somehow totally believable.

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    E. McCarthy 05-07-14
    E. McCarthy 05-07-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Not his best"
    Would you try another book from John Green and/or Dan John Miller?

    I have listened to other books by John Green and loved them this one, not so much.


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    Keon San Antonio, TX, United States 04-24-14
    Keon San Antonio, TX, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Two People In One."
    Would you listen to Paper Towns again? Why?

    Yes. I love books that make me think and this one was very good at making me do so.

    Every time you meet some one there are two people. Who you think they are and who they actually are. The more you simplify their features, the less about them you actually know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo because she's very cryptic. Who she is and isn't are important to the story and makes the story special. Is Margo the fun loving, outgoing girl everyone thinks she is? Is she the introspective girl we find out she can be? Is she both? Neither?

    All of those questions make the crux of the story.


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

    He really only needed to do the main character's voice perfectly and he did a great job. We spend a lot of time in Quentin's head so it had to be perfect.


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

    Yes. It made me think very deeply. Is life a tragedy in which we learn the most about the people closest to us just as we take different paths? I still don't know.


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