crystaldorrington, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by crystaldorrington)
Oh, John Green. After each book you write and each video you make, I think I understand your awesome genius. But then you do something like THIS, writing Paper Towns, and I'm amazed to learn that I way underestimated you. I've never related to a book more so than with this one. Paper Towns is by far your best book, and it's instantly going on my Shelf of Awesome at home (which, you should know, only has Harry Potter on it, so that's saying something).
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brookerochelle, August 2, 2009 (view all comments by brookerochelle)
This novel have just a bit of everything that creates a wonderful balance between humor and sensitivity. I could be laughing so hard my stomach hurt one page and crying at the bottom of the same page. I'd recommend this book to just about anybody.
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Sara Woolcock, July 19, 2009 (view all comments by Sara Woolcock)
There is nothing better than reading a great book written by a good friend, and that is the experience I have every time I read a book by John Green. Also famous for a youtube video blog done with his brother Hank (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), John Green has allowed the many followers of the vlogbrothers (affectionatley called nerdfighters) to get to know him and his brother as good friends with their hilarious takes on the news, Hank's music weekly songs, or blenderized Happy Meal punishments. Besides all his youtube work, John Green still has time to write a brilliant novel. With many of the themes of the Great Gatsby and a teenage boy protagonist, this book asks teenagers to do what many young adult authors fail to accomplish: it asks them to imagine the world more complexly, to look beyond the "Paper Towns" surface of the world. It was one of the most enjoyable reads that also had a deep plot that begged to be examed beyond the surface. I have read it again and again. Definatley worth the seventeen dollars to get the hardcover.
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brittani, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by brittani)
"Paper Towns" is a brilliantly written novel. I loved the characters, dialogue, and the whole mysterious air of this book. I highly recommend this book. I laughed and I cried. One of my favorites. :)
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Part road trip novel and part mystery, Paper Towns is about an ordinary boy and the enigmatic girl next door, who charmingly sprinkle clues for him using Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. John Green doesn’t gloss over anything in the young adult experience teens familiar with his previous novels won’t be disappointed; teens who haven’t heard of him yet will be up all night reading, just like I was.
by Jill S.
"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.)
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"That he brings it off is testimony to the fact that [Green] is not only clever and wonderfully witty but also deeply thoughtful and insightful. In addition, he's a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material."
"The writing is...stellar, with deliciously intelligent dialogue and plenty of mind-twisting insights....[A] powerfully great read."
by School Library Journal (Starred Review),
"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."
by Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,
"A suspenseful mystery, a compelling central metaphor, and one of those road trips that every senior hopes he or she will have round out this exploration of the kind of relationship that can't help but teach us a little bit about ourselves."
by Alan Review,
"In his best book to date, John Green provides original, quirky dialogue and enough twists, turns, and mystery to keep the reader turning the page."
"Language and situations make this a realistic high school experience as Green explores the issues and ramifications of authenticity and image. These are characters readers will remember for a long time."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Printz Medal Winner and Honoree 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 left behind just for him.
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.
After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and theyre for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
Bestselling author and Printz Medalist John Green's brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty have inspired a new generation of readers.
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