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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 (610 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43 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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67 of 71 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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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Vicki @ Cosy Books VINE 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Clarke on 2 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that my fellow passengers on my bus home today must all think I'm completely nuts
after this book had me laughing out loud! I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book and so glad this was
bought me as a gift!

The story is from the point of view of Q otherwise known as "Quentin" and his relationship with a very mysterious
girl named Margo Roth Spieglemann. A girl who Q has known most of his life. He describes Margo as being his miracle,
because of all the places in all of Florida Margo moved in next door to him. He's always been in awe of Margo
thinking her a complete mystery, someone exciting and surprising, and unattainable. As they grow up they drift apart
and Q goes to admiring her form afar. However, even though Q and his friends are on the botoom end of the pecking
order at school, his one time friendship with Margo has kept them protected from the bullies.

The story starts mere weeks before graduation and Margo turning up with a painted black face at his window very
late at night, determined to get him to be her wheel man whilst she carries out her epic plan for the people
in her life who she feels have wronged her. Mostly because of his secret affection for her he evntually agrees to
go along with her schemes and ultimately has the most amazing night of his life. The next day Margo has vanished.

Everyone tells him that she's just after attention and will turn up but Q is left very worried and determined to
track her down. He finds what appear to be clues in her bedroom and with the help of his two hilarious friends
Ben and Radar he begins a quest to figure out the clues and ultimately bring Margo back to Orlando.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eilishization on 27 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
Paper Towns by John Green is a novel about the infamous Margo Roth Spiegelman, an enigma in her hometown, and neighbour to protagonist Quentin Jacobson, also known as Q.

After a shared traumatic event as children (the finding of a dead body), Margo and Quentin grow apart as friends, But Q has never gotten over the ever intriguing Margo. One night many years later, Margo appears at Q's window- a night of revenge, adventure and major mischief ensues, giving Q hope for a renewed friendship-or maybe more. However things don't go as planned for Q, and after their night together Margo disappears, though not for the first time. As more time passes and no-one has heard anything from Margo, Q starts to wonder if she will ever come back.

The many faces and eccentricities of Margo Roth Spiegelman are explored throughout the book as Q learns more and more about the girl he thought he knew. With some help from Walt Whitman and clues left by the elusive lady herself, Q sets out to follow the trail of breadcrumbs; hoping they're not just a dead end. Quentin's slightly obsessive (though well intentioned) feelings for Margo make him an endearing lead throughout the story while Margo is a complex and multi-faceted character who is almost revered by her friends and admirers-though as Q comes to learn, she is just a girl.

Paper Towns is one of the most refreshing and interesting narratives out there. Green has taken a fairly simple premise (boy likes girl etc.) and woven a seamless piece of literary excellence. Quentin's honest and insightful narrative, along with laughs aplenty courtesy of best-friends, Ben and Radar, makes for a smooth, and at times hilarious, journey. He has a talent for making a complex plot seem flawlessly simple and this effortlessly genius novel is a fantastic read. I would recommend Paper Towns for anybody who wants a truly engaging, thought-provoking tale of the power (and danger) of human perceptions.
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