According to Omnictionary, a Paper Town is a town that does not physically exist. What does that mean? According to Margo Roth Spiegelman, her home town of Orlando is a paper town populated with paper people, whose aspirations are paper thin. She has been trying to run away from her paper town for years, disappearing for days at a time and roaming the county. This time, it appears shes disappeared for good.
Did she run off to a paper town? Quentin Jacobsen has been in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman since they were young. Theyre next door neighbors and were constant companions. However, through the course of middle school and high school, theyve gone their separate ways, she to the cool side and he to the geek side.
But when Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears, it is after a night of adventure with Quentin as her co-conspirator. She gets retribution on her boyfriend who cheated with her best friend. She sneaks into SeaWorld after closing.
She leaves her mark, a painted M, wherever she goes. But her disappearance causes concern and the longer she stays away, the more Quentin fears she might have committed suicide, replaying a suicide they both witnessed when they were ten.
Margo Roth Spiegelmans parents are oppressive. Upon learning of their daughters latest escape, they change the locks on their doors. She is no longer wanted.
According to them, Margo Roth Spiegelman always left clues, however obscure they may be. This got Quentin thinking and, rallying the support of his friends Ben and Radar, and Margos friend, Lacey, they search for clues, trying to put themselves into Margos head. There is so much good stuff in this book. The characters are great, every one of them, from those making rare appearances to the main characters.
The mystery of what happened to Margo is engrossing. The things you learn about her as the book develops make her more and more real. The relevance of Walt Whitmans poetry adds a touch of class. The action is fast paced. The writing is great. And, who knew anything at all about paper towns, which apparently do exist. John Green is a great writer and his L ooking for Alaska is another riveting book.
Paper Towns might make it into my top 10 list for Get this book and disappear behind closed doors while you read it. You wont want to come up for air until youre done. The novel flashes forward, Quentin is now a senior in high school and like many childhood friends he and Margo have drifted apart. It is a month before his graduation, when in the middle of the night, Margo shows up at his bedroom window with a plan to seek revenge on those she feels have wronged her.
After their night of revenge on classmates who have wronged them the duo break into theme park SeaWorld. The next day at school Quentin wonders if he and Margo will reconnect. Margo does not come to school that day or the next. After three days her parents file a police report. As Quentin was the last person to see Margo he is questioned by police. Quentin learns that Margo has run away multiple times before and that her parents now seem to be beyond caring — her mother plans to change the locks.
The police point out she is not a minor and that she left on her on accord. He believes that Margo has left these cryptic clues for him to find her. With the help of Radar, Ben and his girlfriend Lacey, the four set off on a road trip in search of Margo Roth Spiegelman. There are incidents of excessive underage drinking, sex and nudity.
These incidents are not glorified but rather a portrayal of teenage life. I would recommend Paper Towns for junior high school age students and older. This book is about a girl Margo who goes missing and Quentin takes it upon himself to try and find her as his own personal mission. I believe this was a great book that kept readers intrigued for most of the book. Paper Towns has a great plot and was interesting through the entire book but I don't like the characters in this book as I believe it was over the top.
The obsession Quentin has with Margo was annoying as I read the book and so many important things he put off. Also, Margo sounds like a very selfish character which I just didn't appreciate. I did not enjoy the end of this book but the creativity of John Green to not go with the obvious ending most people would have expected.
I would recommend this book to anyone because it is enjoyable and has a very interesting plot. This is a good book but I found myself getting it really mad at both of them. Her for being so manipulative and him for being such a chump. I recommend the book but be prepared to grit your teeth sometimes with Margo's insane behavior.
I hated Margo, I hated that Quentin was so obsessed with her, and I hated that Margo hated that Margo hated the future and started to make Quentin question the entirety of his life.
As you can see, pretty much all my problems revolved around Margo: P But then we get to the road trip. It was just so freaking fantastic.
The side characters are what really added to it. I mean, I lonely road trip is all fine and dandy, but Quentin had some seriously awesome friends who were pretty much made to go on a road trip.
In fact, I not only like it, but I kind of rely on it. So in a way, it felt like Margo was telling me that my idea of life was the wrong one. And yes, I realize I just referred to a fictional character talking to me. All of John Green's book have one thing in common: Like seriously, I stop my life when I get a hold of one of Green's books. Another thing they have in common is a boy that makes me want to wish upon every shooting star.
These dudes are great! Quentin and his friends are some of the funniest guys ever! Paper Towns is about a boy named Quentin who has been infatuated with a girl named Margo Roth Speigelman for all of his life. The fundamental mistake I had always made — and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make — was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. After all, we all went through those pains — not having a prom date, losing your first love, unrequited love, unknowingly pissing off some of our friends, etc — and we all learned from them.
But for them, those are parts of their lives. And yes, even one of my blind spots has just been cleared by this novel. I never thought that a middle-age man like me would still enjoy a YA book.
Where were these books when I was growing up? Let me talk to you about this book. I have never given this kind of low rating to a book, I guess it's time. And I would have given it less stars but I gifted it half a start because of something I will talk about below. Here's what I wrote when I started this book two days ago: I have heard the worst fucking things about this book.
If I don't start it now I'm afraid I will leave it get dust on my bookshelf forever so Wish that I don't hate it as much as I'm waiting to hate it. So you can see I went into this book a tiny bit prejudiced.
But I wasn't wrong to be and I don't think had I not being prejudiced once I started it I would have liked it. I'm entirely certain that if I hadn't read this book now, it would have collected dust in my bookshelves for the rest of my days.
And I'm glad I got rid of this now because when I look at books in my bookshelves I haven't read it gives me anxiety. Anyway, now let's start with the tea.
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. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
My past with John Green is not as big as other people's. John Green has the reputation of writing pretentious books so yeah, he didn't disappoint with this one. This is an old book and it showed. Mostly on the part that it entailed little to no diversity. Also some good old misogyny. But it is to be expected with a book published in fucking Let's start with what I liked about this book, won't take much time -????
I gave this book half a star more because of it. It was fun and entertaining but also unrealistic but this is John Green for ya. I'm very glad it was also included in the movie but let's talk about all these things more later on. And the tea starts - Let's start from the first 30 pages. What the fuck was that about?
A little year-old-whatever-tf girl is doing an investigation on a crime and she goes to the crime scene and the detective or whatever asks the fucking year-old-whatever-tf girl if she's with the school newspaper and if she's not, he will answer her questions and then the year-old-whatever-tf girl goes to the house next door and a GROWN UP woman tells the year-old-whatever-tf girl that the man killed himself because of his divorce and because he was troubled.
Who tells a year-old-whatever-tf girl these things? Which adult in their right mind does that?? I don't know why I'm stuck at this for so long, but those details weren't included in the movie and I'm very glad of it. From now on when people ask me which is the most annoying character for you , I will say her name. I didn't even need to look up her name to write it right. It's stuck in my head for the rest of my life.
The Mary Sue to end all Mary Sues. The most entitled bitch to have ever walked the Earth. I didn't care if she would be found.
I knew she would be doing something stupid and "inspirational" or whatever. She didn't deserve the attention she got. I didn't like any of them. Basically from the beginning till the end I didn't care about any of the characters' fates. I just wanted the book to end because I was extremely bored and unsatisfied. What was even the plot? The pace was just So many clues and then some high school stuff and some more clues and some shit Ben kept saying and more clues and then the road trip and then it's over.
And I hated that his friends followed him. This is where this road trip was unrealistic for me. This would never happen in real life. And that's why they changed it in the movie too. The dude was head over heels in love, otherwise no one would have done that. It was slowly killing me from the inside. I would rather have eaten dog shit than read this book. It was this bad for me. And now let's discuss the movie adaptation Listen to my incredible story for a bit. So, after hearing this, you will realize I didn't watch the movie because I liked the book, but because I always do.
And it's also an excuse for me lately to watch movies, because if I don't watch a movie in the cinema, I never do at home. I'm more of a books and tv shows kind of gal, what can you do? The movie made the story and the characters a little bit more interesting.
It cut out the boring parts and added some very funny and nice scenes that lacked in the book. I liked that they didn't lose their graduation for the road trip to find Margo, because it was totally bollocks.
I liked the changes they made with that aspect of the book. I liked the casting, I think it was spot on. Except Margo and not because Cara isn't good enough for the part but because of her weight. Margo is supposed to be "curvy" and she got "bullied" by Lacey because of her figure. And I hated that they didn't keep this part in the movie because there wasn't any real reason after all for Margo to be hating Lacey. Margo was supposed to be "the most perfect and popular girl in the entire school" and she was curvy.
Just let that part in, damn it. Also, this movie's description must have been: Honestly, why make Q's love for Margo unrequited?
When it was the opposite in the book? I didn't understand this change. It was unnecessary and it didn't add anything to the plot. But, to sum it up, the movie was a good enough adaptation for this book. But I didn't like it. Because I didn't like the book.
In conclusion, this book was a nightmare for me, from start to finish. I didn't earn anything from this book, not lessons, not a new ship, not new favorite characters, nothing. I just wanted it to end. I know it's a popular book and I'm very sorry for this negative review, but not all books are for everyone.
And till the next one View all 45 comments. Jessica The Bookish Teacher I couldn't agree more with your review! Sep 09, Maria Jessica The Bookish Teacher wrote: I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns. I am a big fan of John Green but found this book plodding and boring.
I hated the Margo character and thought that Q was a big whiner. His obsession with Margo, who he didn't really even know, was really annoying.
I realize that this was one of the messages of the book, that we all assign traits and "personalities" to people we hardly know, but it was still hard to take, page after page. I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns. I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd fighter" and would give just about anything to see him in public, but can't give Paper Towns more than 2 stars.
View all 31 comments. Teens finding their way. Recommended to Lhara by: Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating. It had the same geeky male character.
The same kooky aka annoying female character. The same male best friend. And whilst this was okay in LFA, reading the same characters again was annoying! And it seemed like they were on the same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a di Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating.
And it seemed like they were on the same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a divergence in the second half. Also, I just found elements of this book preposterous. Considering she has no troubles at home, there doesn't seem to be a strong enough reason for an eighteen year old to suddenly decide to run away except that oh, she's oh-so-kooky and larger than life and a small-town girl etc etc.
John Green explains why she does, but I still have trouble accepting it. To me, she only did it because she was self-centred and looking for attention. I didn't feel anything for her character.
Q was also really annoying, pining for a girl he barely knows, instead in love with her from the friendship they had as a child, rather than the girl she is today.
I'm willing to bet all my money which is not much that John Green bases the male protagonist on himself, and that the female character is the type of character he fancied at school, and it sort of plays like he's the dorky, awkward girl in love with the popular, unattainable boy. Q's need to abandon everything to find this girl who, btw, never showed any sign of affection before their pranks together , is entirely self-indulgent and illogical.
And whilst at times he sounded like a teenage boy, other times he sounded a decade or two older. The fact that his friends also decide to follow him on a road-trip to find her doesn't make sense. They do it on graduation day.
Why would anyone ditch graduation which they seemed to look forward to to find a girl who a doesn't want to be found and b they don't even like? Everybody loves a roadtrip, sure. But these are limits. These implausibilities made this book really hard to finish. And I feel he really needs to branch out a bit more. His other book, The Fault in the Stars, apparently has the same characters in it too.
A sign of a good writer is their ability to be original, and surely he yearns to write about different types of characters? Also, John needs to have a more interesting plot, where things actually happen, rather than nothing much happening except for a lot of musings. I used to watch YT clips of John and really liked him, so his books are a bit of a let down in comparison. I really do hope he writes something more creative with fresh characters , because he has got talent - he just needs to push himself more.
View all 25 comments. Unexpected in many ways but still quite a ride! How well do we know the other people? How well do we know our neighbors? How well do we know our own close friends? How well do we know our first crush? But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all. And even if they turn out not to be what we wish, reality is always better than an illusion.
That blanket still smelled like you. Still, we should be always brave enough to meet the real person and accept them for what they are. Even if they appear in the middle of the night at your window asking to join them in a wacky adventure.
What is life without some wacky adventure once and then? We are owners of our own lives, and we should be brave enough to understand what we need to do and not looking for easy exits. We can live the lives that others expected, because if so, we would be ending living other lives than our own. Always a wise advice should be well received, a friendly tip, but at the end, we must forge our own lives, since only us would be guilty of a sad existence or recipents of a happy lifetime.
Our personal decisions can affect others. The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Life itself is a miracle and we must honored it doing something good with our lives. But keeping our eyes open since you never know when a wonderful miracle would enter in our lives. Update July 26th, I watched the film adaptation last Thursday, and I liked it a lot. In fact, I think that the movie has a better tempo to tell the events.
There are some missing stuff but nothing so relevant. The really important elements in the general story are there. Also, the cast of actress Cara Delevingne was the right one to give life to the very complicated character of "Margo Roth Spiegelman". I think that the movie is adequate to tell the same message but giving a better light to the character of Margo Roth Spiegelman that if you don't get what the author wanted to tell in the story, it's quite easy to fall in the road of not liking her.
View all 64 comments. Aug 30, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme: Awkward funny charismatic good looking fit main character who somehow is a looser. The hot popular girl who he is forever in love. A weird funny bestfriend who gets in trouble. Everything happening in the last 2 weeks of high school. Quotes that every teenage tumblr girl has in their blog description. Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to yo This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme: Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to you.
View all 7 comments. Aug 31, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why there are people out there comparing this with Looking for Alaska. I am not going to linger on the comparisons between those two because 1 I never liked Looking for Alaska, 2 I never even finished Looking for Alaska and 3 I thought this book was original enough not to find it some twin brother or sister.
I am such an easy target. I am the easiest of targets when it comes to writing style. Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears with clues behind so smart people can track her. Quentin, a smart and bewitched-by-Margo person, makes it his life quest to find the dear disappearing love of his life and, with the help of his friends, Q embarks on an adventure like never before!
I make it all sound very dramatic, but the thing is that it IS extremely dramatic for Q and the story overall pretty intense. I adore this one message among many others that I extracted from the story: I very much anticipated the denouement… the moment of revelation… the ending, because this is the type of story that you know would surprise you with the truth. View all 38 comments. Jun 19, Inge marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: I quite liked the banter between Q and his friends, but I could not stand another word about that damn Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Oh, and then she disappears. Who was a self-centred twatwaffle. Give me a break. Life is too short to spend one more fuck on Margo Roth Spiegelman. Inge has zero fucks. At the end of the day, Inge still has zero fucks. How many fucks did Inge give that day?
Ya estaba yo poniendo los ojos en blanco, porque oH GOD. Jun 06, Christine Delilah Maramochabooks rated it liked it. Typical unpopular boy with an ordinary boring as bread life. Mysterious Margo then disappears, because, I don't know, her life's fake or something. Our kid with 2. Our kid with his equally dull friends go on a road trip to find Mystical Margo.
You know that basic song that goes: Just imagine that, but a guy taking it to another level. So I understand what John Green was trying to do: I love that message, it's great. What I didn't like were the dull characters, especially the main one. He definitely was obsessed with Margo and the way it played out on the pages was annoying. I don't want to hear about how amazing someone is in every single chapter.
I didn't even like Margo, she just seemed to think herself as above everyone. In my opinion leaving and letting people think you commit suicide is a pretty indecent thing to do. This was probably a good demonstration of how we sometimes think of life as a game. It isn't about being the most mysterious or having more adventures than someone else, it's about being authentic. Be who you are and don't expect others to be the same.
Another thing I'd like to mention is that there's certainly consequences to just disappearing or breaking in. I don't know if I'd even recommend this to a younger audience since I sincerely wouldn't want anyone taking pointers from Margo. John Green has done a remarkable job at balancing the metaphors and philosophical discussions with developed characters and some really funny comedy.
Q is relatable as our main character, a teenager who is at a bit of a lost point in his life. He does what most people would do in his situation, and is interesting without being precocious or cringe-worthy.
His speeches are really well-written, and reveal a lot about his personality. Q's best friend Ben was a character I disliked throughout the most part of the book, with his derogatory language and backstabbing personality. However, I think he added drama to the plot, and most readers can relate to having a friend like him.
I really liked the character of Radar, Q's other best friend who is more intellectual and into posting on a site meant to be a parody of Wikipedia. In the second half of the book, we get to know Lacey, a former popular person and enemy of the three boys who befriends them and helps in the quest to find Margo. She was a character who I grew to like gradually, but by the end of the book I could see how necessary she was to solving the mystery.
Throughout most of the book, Margo is more of an idea than a character. Everybody has different memories of her, and so sees her differently. Q's idea of Margo evolves through the story, and her character becomes steadily more complex. Even when we discover the real Margo, she is still one of the most complicated characters in YA.
Paper Towns was one of the funniest books I have come across in ages. There is ongoing snarky wit in the first two parts, mainly coming through Q's reactions to the strange things Margo seems to have done. A lot of comic relief also comes through Ben, particularly when he is drunk. Despite this, in my opinion, the funniest part of the book was the road trip towards the end.
I won't spoil it, but it is crazily random and had me actually laughing out loud. Not only this, but the book almost has its own language of inside jokes: Black Santas, catfish and beer swords are all involved.
Paper Towns has , ratings and 45, reviews. Jamie said: I need to start off with my criticism of John Green:1) Margo and Quentin are exactly the /5.
John Green, Paper Towns Paper Towns is a fantastic, interesting and unique novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was very eager to read this following how much I loved An Abundance of Katherines, and.
Verdict: Paper Towns has a quiet, thoughtful story and is ultimately a book with heart, and soul. John Green is easily my new author crush. John Green is easily my new author crush. Rating: 8 – Excellent leaning towards a 9. out of 5 stars Paper Towns Review - By Bridget Donnelly I love Paper Towns by John Green, cause it show a story about a young high school boy and his crush margo. Read more/5(K).
Sep 17, · Read Common Sense Media's Paper Towns review, age rating, and parents guide. Edgy, compelling teen angst mystery. Read Common Sense Media's Paper Towns review, age rating, and parents guide. Jump to navigation. For Parents; For Educators John Green's characters often go on road trips. What other road trip books or movies can you think of 4/4. Whether or not he finds Margo and her paper towns, Quentin discovers love and finds that it can be just as elusive and multifaceted and imperfect as Margo. With author John Green at the controls, the ride is always memorable.