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Paper Towns (edition 2008)

by John Green

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I'm beginning to think the Fault in our Stars was a fluke. As always, the writing is elegant and in places beautiful, but the characters are flat, and, in Margo's case, downright unlikeable. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
When Papertowns starts, Margo and Quentin are in elementary school where they find an unknown man’s body which “ties them together” for the rest of their life. From elementary school until senior year, Margo plans to leave and plans it in a black notebook. Because Margo is popular and Quentin isn’t, they aren’t close friends like they used to be. One night Margo goes to Quentin’s window and tells him she needs his car. After a short argument Margo promises that he won’t commit a crime during the night with her so he says he will go with her. They spend the night driving around Florida in his mom’s minivan getting revenge on their classmates because of what they did to Margo and what Chuck has done to Quentin. When Margo takes Quentin to SunTrust Building, she tells Quentin that Orland0 is a papertown which means that the town is fake, is going to fall apart, and that all the people and buildings aren’t “real”.After the night of revenge, Margo disappears like she has in the past. Quentin finds clues that link to who Margo really is and where she has gone. He and his friends leaves graduation early to find her.Once he and his friends find her she gets angry because she didn’t want to be found after she left because she wanted a clean start and to be alone. As Quentin and her talk a little bit they both realize that they are going to have to part ways and that they may never see each other again.

I thought that this book was amazing because while I was reading this book I never wanted to stop. There was always something happening in the book. John Green wrote with so much detail and description that I could picture every part of the book. I have never read a book like it, the plot and storyline is not like anything I have read before. I think that John Green has done a spectacular job writing all of his books. It taught me that not everyone is who you think they are. If you like books with a mix of adventure and romance, I highly recommend this book to you. ( )
  kateh.g1 | Oct 9, 2014 |
Fiction, Novel, Adolescent Fiction ( )
  baobab | Oct 8, 2014 |
Amazon summary: Deals with the impossibly sophisticated but unattainable girl, and a life-altering road trip. 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 titlerefers to unbuilt subdivisions and copyright trap towns that appear on maps but don't exist, ( )
  dalzan | Oct 6, 2014 |
I read this book only because I heard it got pulled from reading lists because parents complained about sexual content. This is a high school book and I think it is fitting for high school students. I would allow my eighth grader to read it. I thought the book was very good. I would highly recommend it. Even though it is a young adult book it still is a great read for an adult. Which is how I felt about many of the other books this author has written. ( )
  waeschle | Sep 24, 2014 |
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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 editionsconfirmed
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.
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pg. 57 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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