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.
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
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.
It's a John Green book so yes, yes, I do recommend Paper Towns.
But I will say that I was disappointed with
Yes. Because it's John Green.
I first met John Green like most people meet John Green, through YouTube. He doesn't know me but I certainly feel like he's a friend of mine. In truth, he's the only "celebrity" I would even consider meeting on purpose, but I digress. When I watched John and his brother Hank on their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers, I was compelled to love them by their awesomeness. It sounds cliche but these guys are awesome and they are filled with awesomeness. When I found out John was an author I knew I was going to read him and I knew I was going to like him. And I do.
But seriously, prior to this book I read Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherine's and both, despite their similar characters which is further mirrored in Paper Towns, I liked quite a bit. After reading Paper Towns, I've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson which was really good. Now, I'm looking forward to reading the acclaimed The Fault In Our Stars. So, yes, I think I'm very willing to get John Green another shot even if I find Paper Towns my least favorite.
Can I get another question?
Nope, I've said my peace.
mysterious, hilarious, teenagers
This story has a lot of common elements with Looking for Alaska, another John Green book. Both have strong, confident, wild females that smart, nerdy boys pine for.
A tie between Radar and Ben, the trusty sidekicks. There were very distinct and perfect voices for each character. He really brought them to life.
Absolutely! The plot pace was just right and the mystery was compelling. Plus, I just loved listening to the dialogue between the characters. More than once I tried to stifle bursts of laughter.
I'm a big fan of John Green. All his books manage to tell a serious, compelling story while injecting great and unexpected humor. The reader was fantastic, giving identifiable personalities to each of the characters, and never missed a beat on the humor. This book was well worth the listen, and if you like it, pick up Green's other books as well.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
I truly believe that there’s nothing John Green can’t write that I won’t love. This book is very sincere and has many life lessons, as does all John Green books. I would describe this book as a “feel good book”. The dialogue between the friends was funny and immensely entertaining, as you would expect from a John Green book.
I adored Quentin but I have to admit, I didn’t much care for Margo. I think her character should have been more likeable. That being said, I did thoroughly enjoy Margo’s intricate plans on revenge as well as her escape/run-away plans.
Ben and Radar were such enjoyable and loveable characters. They made reading Q’s journey so much more enjoyable.
He's an incredible narrator and I look forward to listening to more of his narration in the future.
However, I only gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because of the ending. The ending was very anticlimactic and could’ve been much better. In my opinion, John Green dropped the ball on the ending.
Love, love, love all the road trip antics! The road trip with Lacey, Q, Ben and Radar was my favorite part of this book.
Oh, and the black Santa’s: PERFECTION!!!
Maybe in a few years. . . the story still imprinted in my mind.
I've been to many of the places the story takes place in and it was easy to picture the characters and how they fit into the story.
Very nicely done. I don't have any fancy words for this story only that I enjoyed it very much.
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