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Paper Towns [Kindle Edition]

John Green
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`There is . . . real pathos and humour in Q's attempts to follow Margo's trail' --The Financial Times

`A funny and quirky school-story and road trip that will appeal to older readers who, like Margo, yearn for something more'
--Bookfest

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Ultimately, the mystery of Margo proves more compelling than Margo herself--instead it's the four fumbling detectives, each with their own idiosyncrasies and foibles and secret strengths, who will capture readers' imaginations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1943 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (3 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408806592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408806593
  • ASIN: B004M8S2X8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paper Towns 16 July 2010
By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
To be totally honest, when I received this book for review I wasn't all that sure about it. Having never read any of John Green's previous work, I don't really know why this was other than I hated the cover. However I'm glad I was sent this one, as it turned out to be the most beautifully written story and I adored every minute.

Quentin (Q) has been infatuated with his next-door neighbour, Margo, since they were both 9 years old and were involved in a traumatic experience. But to Q, Margo is completely unobtainable; she's magical, courageous, wild and unique where as he's a bit of a geek, self conscious and timid. I wasn't expecting to like and relate to Q as much as I did, not being a teenage male myself. But I'm sure we've all known someone like Margo, who we see as so perfect but completely out of our league, and idolise so much they become almost godlike in our imaginations. He also has all the qualities required so that anyone, of any age can identify with him, with flaws as human as they come. He's a bit dorky, easily embarrassed, obsessive and impatient. He's also sensitive, thoughtful and loyal. Above all though, he's just a really nice kid and someone you would want to be friends with.

The other characters in the book are equally well rounded. Q's friends, Radar and Ben each have their own quirks, which make them completely believable. The dynamics and dialogue between the three miss-fit boys is superb, ranging from hysterically funny, cringe-worthy, contemplative and touching. I really liked seeing such close friendship from a male perspective, something I have rarely come across.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful in every way possible 30 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
It is difficult to write a book for any age group which manages to be funny, serious, interesting, gripping and realistic without losing some form of consistency or structure. But John Green, in his third novel, truly raises the bar. His characters are rich but they never shy from saying things startlingly real and believable. Q, for example, is the perfect teenager without every falling into cliche - he's a bit of a nerd but he's strong and commanding. Margo may be the 'oddball' but, even without personally being in the narrative for most of the book, proves to have depth that backs up her status. The plot is gripping, without driving the characters in any way that does not make perfect sense. The first part, for all it's random requests of Margo for Q gives us something stunningly romantic and original as a way to meet and understand the characters. I can not type higher praise for this book - personally, I think it is one of the books which has stayed with me the most since I first read it, full as it is of images I am sure I will never shake in my lifetime.

I would recommend anyone, young or old, to read this book. What it will give you is an experience that not only will you enjoy but that maybe you might get something out of. I live in the UK, and I had to buy this book on Amazon because it is not published here; apparently, the UK are not receptive to YA novels of this nature. All I can say is, it's a shocking indictment on us, and not the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 12 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
This is another great book from the author of the excellent Looking for Alaska.
Quentin Jacobsen has always loved his neighbour Margo Roth Speigelman. They aren't really friends by the time they reach their final year of high school so he is surprised and excited the night she knocks on his window and takes him on a late night prank spree. Then Margo disappears on one of her trips, her parents say they won't let her come back home this time, and Quentin finds himself investigating the hidden life of Margo Roth Speigelman.

This is a great book by turns funny, insightful, intriguing and poignant. It includes poetry by Walt Whitman, crass humour, a sense of dread, and an exploration of how we relate to people. It's nice to see a book in which a girl who is the object of the main character's affection is shown to be both more and less than he expects her to be. Quentin realises that he put Margo on a pedestal and discovers that not only did he fail to understand her, but so did everyone who knew her. Everyone has their own version of Margo, and none of them can explain her. The book played with my expectations at every step and I honestly wasn't sure how it would end.
This is a great book and I would recommend John Green's books to any teens (or indeed adults) who want an interesting, entertaining and also meaningful read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but nothing special 4 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me based on previous books I'd read. As it has mostly very positive reviews I bought it. I personally didn't enjoy it much. In fact I'd agree with most of the comments left by the reviewers who put two stars although I'd give it three stars as the first third of the book and the premise are good. After that the book drags, the metaphors confuse and for me the ending falls flat. It doesn't help that two of the central characters are very unlikable despite being two-dimensional. I did want to know what had happened to Margo so from that point of view the book entertained.
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