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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; Reissue edition (19 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140884818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408848180
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.1 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine a hybrid of Scooby Doo and The Catcher in the Rye and you get a little of this novel's flavour (The Financial Times)

Green's prose is astounding - from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths. He nails it - exactly how a thing feels, looks, affects - page after page (School Library Journal)

Genuine - and genuinely funny - dialogue, a satisfyingly tangled but not unbelievable mystery and delightful secondary characters (Kirkus Reviews)

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A boy, a girl, some clues and a brilliant road trip across America.

From New York Times bestselling author, John Green


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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2010
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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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By giantlawnmower on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 14 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Paper Towns is about Quentin Jacobson, a teenage boy who has been in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman since they were friends when they were Children. Despite Q's feelings for Margo, this book isn't a love story. Margo breaks into Q's room late one night and convinces him to join her on a revenge adventure which lasts into the early hours of the next day. Thinking that everything would change and he would get to know Margo again, Q goes to school the next day, only to find that Margo has disappeared. Weeks go by without Margo returning and with her own parents turning a blind eye, Q takes it upon himself to solve her disappearance, using clues left behind by Margo herself.

I enjoyed this book a lot and whilst it isn't my favourite John Green book, I still adore his writing style. As with all quintessential John Green books, the characters speak and act with a certain maturity that most people claim teenagers do not possess - I disagree with this. I think that his books are incredibly realistic and sure, not all teenagers behave the way John Green's characters do, but there are plenty who do. I loved the way the main character would speak with another character about a particular memory, then explain it to the reader, so we're kept in the loop. This reminded me of those films where halfway through, the actor turns and speaks to the camera and tells us what's going on. I haven't picked up on any other books that have done this, especially not in the YA genre but it was really noticeable within the first part of the book and I really enjoyed it.

Around halfway through the book, I started to get really creeped out. I was genuinely worried for the characters and felt like I was in the desolated places with them.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Lucas TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I realise I'm perhaps not in the target audience for this book, being a 46 year old mum of 3, but it sounded intriguing and had lots of great reviews. It was a bit of a disappointment really. Not much actually happened - a boy goes searching for a troubled girl who lives next door and has run away from home. The clues he follows reminded me of that old gameshow 3-2-1.......... they could have meant absolutely anything, it was just sheer luck that he managed to be on the right track! I think I liked his friends and her friend more than I liked the main characters - in fact the main girl just got on my nerves with her selfishness and need for attention.
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