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Paper Towns

by John Green

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I enjoyed it. The main character is figuring out clues trying to find a girl. Everything is from his point of view. There aren't any major emotional moments, but it's great at just showing you life for the average upper middle class teen these days in an extraordinary storyline. It does refer to sex and stuff, but it isn't graphic. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I enjoyed it. The main character is figuring out clues trying to find a girl. Everything is from his point of view. There aren't any major emotional moments, but it's great at just showing you life for the average upper middle class teen these days in an extraordinary storyline. It does refer to sex and stuff, but it isn't graphic. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I loved the writing – a typical John Green. Q, Ben and Radar are authentic and funny characters which made me lough a few times. I loved the first part and the last part but the middle dragged on a bit to long. There was just not much happening and it was a bit monotonous. The las part was my favorite and the funniest. But I really hated the end and Margo. But because I became very fond of Q and his friends and I loved the writing Paper Towns still gets three out of five stars. ( )
  Lovelymixblog | Jan 14, 2017 |
This was an amzing novel by John Green. It was a good book full of mysteries as the disappearance of Margo has Q have to try and find her. Q must pick up the pieces left behind from Margo and put together the puzzle to reunite with his lover.
  vichen21 | Jan 5, 2017 |
It was good. By the third part I was ready for it to end. I want to see the movie now.

This is the story of a boy named Quentin Jacobsen and the adventures he has with a childhood friend and secret love, Margo Roth Spiegelman. In part 1, they are children who discover a dead man's body; an event that connects them in ways they do not realize. They grow up and their lives are separated. The setting is Jefferson High in Orlando, Florida in the early 2000s and the reader is introduced to Quentin's good friends, Radar and Ben Starling, his fellow nerds. In contrast, Margo is the most popular girl in school who has an incredible reputation for her wild spirit and pranks. In one particular event, Margo sneaks into Quentin's bedroom and asks him to help her execute an eleven-part plan, which largely involves taking revenge on her ex-boyfriend. Quentin is exhilarated and his love for Margo is reenergized.

In Part II of the book, Margo completely disappears and Quentin wonders if he will see her again. Interestingly, Margo has left him a series of clues as to her whereabouts. Quentin pursues Margo with the help of his friends, until high school comes to an end. Quentin follows a string of false leads, which leads him to gradually accept that he has made Margo into a magical non-person, a "paper girl" and that he loves someone who may not exist. He eventually decides that the only way to find Margo is to learn to understand who she is. As Quentin seeks his love, he grapples with Margo's use of the phrase "paper towns" in her clues. Eventually he figures out that a paper town is a false city on a map that cartographers once used to detect copycats. Margo had left for the paper town of Algoe, New York.

In Part III it is the night of graduation and Quentin grabs his friends to leave on an intense, twenty-one hour road trip from Orlando to upstate Agloe. Quentin, Radar, Ben, and Ben's new girlfriend Lacey, must catch Margo the day before she leaves Agloe forever. When they reach Agloe, they find Margo in an old barn, writing. After arguing over Margo's apparent selfishness for leaving, Ben, Radar, and Lacey storm out. Eventually Quentin and Margo come to realize with regret that their love was based in falsehood, him being a "paper boy" and she a "paper girl." Quentin, however, does not give up on Margo. They admit their romantic affections for one another but realize that their values must lead them to separate futures. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
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The narration of “Paper Towns” spends too much time in Quentin’s head, which, to be sure, is an entertaining place
 

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John Greenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Frost, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Funfhausen, ChristianCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Dan JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vandervoort, IreneDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
And after, when we went outside to look at her finished lantern from the road, I said I liked the way her light shone through the face that flickered in the dark.
-"Jack O'Lantern," Katrina Vandenberg in Atlas
People say friends don't destroy one another What do they know about friends?
-"Game shows Touch Our Lives," The Mountain Goats
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To Julie Strauss- Gabel, without whom none of this could have become real.
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The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.
Quotations
Here's what's not beautiful about it: from here, you can't see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean look at it, Q: look at all those cul-de-sacs, thoses streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.
Margo was not a miracle. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.
I like finding stuff out about her. I mean, that I didn't know before. I had no idea who she really was. I honestly never thought of her as anything but my crazy beautiful friend who does all the crazy beautiful things.
What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person.
Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will," she says. "Yeah, that's true," I say. But then after I think about it for a second, I add, "But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014241493X, Paperback)

Two-time Printz Medalist John Green’s New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award nominee, now in paperback!

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 into his life—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 they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
 

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One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.… (more)

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