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Paper Towns (edition 2008)

by John Green

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Title:Paper Towns
Authors:John Green
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2008), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 305 pages
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Paper Towns by John Green

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I love John Green novels, they are always diverting and easy to read but ha still manages to sneak a message into them. Paper Towns was my second John Green book and to this point is it my favourite.
The story about a boy who grows up living next to his childhood best friend who is an exceptional girl. As they grow up their ways separate but he still loves her. One night she climbs in through his window and persuades him to help her with her revenge... In one night his whole life is turned around and he learns that it is good to be unconventional and extraordinary. ( )
  Jeb2323 | Aug 2, 2015 |
I do like John Green, although he basically uses the same protagonist in each of his works. It's always a witty, wordy guy with a witty, wordy friend or friends, they're smart and good at school, not the popular kids but not the ones who get beat up either. There's always a girl whose somehow difficult but smart and enchanting. So, the stories repeat themselves but since they're still good stories, who cares. Writing to young adults without undermining them is rather rare, and I praise the author who will do that. ( )
  Iira | Jul 30, 2015 |
I don't know that I'd call this book "profoundly moving" --- as the blurb on the front cover boasts --- but it definitely left me with a thing or three to think about when it was all said and done. ( )
  dkgarner95 | Jul 29, 2015 |
There are many lesson plans available for John Green books. If I were to use this in class (outside of independent reading), it would be as a literature circle. Of all the various activities, the one that I found most creative would be for students to write an epilogue. They would have to try to emulate the voice/tone of the main character (Q) and update each of the main characters (Q, Margo, Ben, Radar, and Lacey). They would base their epilogue on information gleaned from the novel - what each of the characters said about his/herself and/or what characters said about each other. They can also address the main romantic relationships in the novel if they felt they could do it (did the relationship end - why or was it still going strong?). ( )
  kkaspy | Jul 25, 2015 |
It must be said that John Green is an absolutely phenomenal writer. The only experience I had with his writing was The Fault in Our Stars which is completely different from Paper Towns (except for the main characters being teenagers). There is another similarity in that you are made more aware by reading this book. It's an excellent book for introspection. You're almost led to believe that the book is about Margo Roth Speigelman when in point of fact it's about Quentin "Q" Jacobsen and in actuality he is really just a stand-in for the reader. (This book is also a love letter to Walt Whitman. Seriously.) This is the story of someone who everyone felt they knew but at the same time was unknowable. It is more the story of someone who wanted to know that person as utterly and completely as they knew themselves. We are all so many facets and pieces put together and what we choose to show to the world may not even be a true reflection of what lives inside of us. John Green somehow articulates this and makes it okay that it is not always possible to get to the root of a person and that even if you do you might discover that what you find there is nothing like what you imagined or hoped. 10/10 ( )
  AliceaP | Jul 23, 2015 |
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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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Funfhausen, ChristianCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Dan JohnNarratorsecondary 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
Dedication
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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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.
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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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