shellgirl97, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by shellgirl97)
This is definitely my favorite John Green book and one of my favorite books. It's one of those books that you could just read over and over again and find more and more to love. Filled with a lot of food for thought and a great message, this is a must-read book.
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Paper Towns is the story of a teen named Q and his neighbor Margo. But when Margo goes missing, the whole school shifts and changes. Following clues that Margo left for him, Q starts to see the many different sides of Margo that most didn't know about.
Coming of age story? Finding oneself? Learning about human assumptions? This book has all the bases covered, and author John Green hits it out of the park. Can't recomend it enough.
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Carole S, January 27, 2010 (view all comments by Carole S)
Another fantastic book by John Green. "Paper Towns" is witty and captures the essence of the "slightly awkward kid in the midst of high school" perfectly. I laughed out loud and fell in love with Green's writing style and relatable characters. Definitely a must-read.
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Elizabeth Van Kleek, August 22, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth Van Kleek)
Paper towns was one of the best books I've ever read and the first book by John Green that I read. It was amazing and funny and made me read his other two books, (i.e. looking for alaska, an abundance of kathrines).
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Paper Towns starts with a dead man that two children find in the park and picks up speed from there. When his childhood best friend, Margo, goes AWOL, Quentin must put together some cryptic clues to find her. John Green has impressed me again with his natural wit and engaging story line.
by Blakelee M.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Green melds elements from his Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines — the impossibly sophisticated but unattainable girl, and a life-altering road trip — for another teen-pleasing read. Weeks before graduating from their Orlando-area high school, Quentin Jacobsen's childhood best friend, Margo, reappears in his life, specifically at his window, commanding him to take her on an all-night, score-settling spree. Quentin has loved Margo from not so afar (she lives next door), years after she ditched him for a cooler crowd. Just as suddenly, she disappears again, and the plot's considerable tension derives from Quentin's mission to find out if she's run away or committed suicide. Margo's parents, inured to her extreme behavior, wash their hands, but Quentin thinks she's left him a clue in a highlighted volume of Leaves of Grass. Q's sidekick, Radar, editor of a Wikipedia-like Web site, provides the most intelligent thinking and fuels many hilarious exchanges with Q. The title, which refers to unbuilt subdivisions and 'copyright trap' towns that appear on maps but don't exist, unintentionally underscores the novel's weakness: both milquetoast Q and self-absorbed Margo are types, not fully dimensional characters. Readers who can get past that will enjoy the edgy journey and off-road thinking. Ages 12–up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[Green is] clever and wonderfully witty...he's a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material. (Starred review)"
"[D]eliciously intelligent dialogue and plenty of mind-twisting insights....a powerfully great read."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Green knows what he does best and delivers once again with this satisfying, crowd-pleasing look at a complex, smart boy and the way he loves."
With his trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty, the Printz Medal-winning author of Looking for Alaska returns with a novel about a teenage girl who has mysteriously vanished, and the boy who looks for her by following the clues she has left behind just for him.
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