Paper Towns, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


From the bestselling author of The Fault in our Stars.

Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school.

So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.

But the next day Margo doesn't come to school and a week later she is still missing.

Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance ...and they are for him.

But as he gets deeper into the mystery - culminating in another awesome road trip across America - he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.

Masterfully written by John Green, this is a thoughtful, insightful and hilarious coming-of-age story.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781408848180

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How I rolled my eyes at the beginning of this book. We have Q, the good guy, who is in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar and it only she would leave her asshole boyfriend their love could be true. You see, he really knows her. The start of the book features them going on an adventure together and he really does know her now, you see. They share a special connection. You see where this is going. I thought I did too. Then the book surprised me. Like most John Green books, the joy in this is that is zigs when you think it's going to zag. The idea behind paper towns is that we can never truly know another person. Spoilers in the rest of this. Q spends most of the novel following a trail of clues that he thinks Margo Roth Spiegelman has left specifically to bring him to her. In the beginning the quest is very much about himself. He fantasies about her coming back and them going to prom together. He thinks it's a quest she's loft him to prove his worth. As the plot progresses Q slowly realises that, in fact, he never knew Margo at all. All the things he thought he knew about her weren't true and there were hidden sides to her that he never saw. As he goes through his quest he begins to form a new picture of Margo in his mind. He explores the edges that she's left and, finally, he goes to find her. And then, in a wonderful twist, when he finds her he finds that this new image he's made is not closer to the real Margo than the image he started with. That you can never really be another person. You can form these connections, these minutes, but you can never truly know them. Never truly be them. He spends the entire novel chasing Margo and in the end they make their connection by realizing they never knew each other and probably never will. THAT is what I liked to much about this novel. That is what makes it worth reading.

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