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A truley compellimg and thoughtful book. See all questions about Paper Towns…. Lists with This Book. I need to start off with my criticism of John Green: She is unpredictable and full of a shimmering charm; she fades oasis-style the closer and closer you try to get. In a I need to start off with my criticism of John Green: In addition, she feels too much and is never really seen for who she is but rather, for who everyone wants her to be.

Green knows these people and has lit them from inside with realism and dimension. A little bit too perfectly quirky. I cannot totally relate or believe in a guy who has invented a mathematical formula calculating the probability that the next Katherine he dates will dump him. I think it's a creative premise that makes me want to read the book and is extremely well-executed, but if I don't believe in someone, I'm not going to fully feel for them or understand them.

This prevents me from enjoying the book as much as I do Margaret Atwood, etc. Maybe this doesn't bother anyone else, but it bothers me, and I just can't put the guy up on a pedestal. However, however, I fucking loved this book.

And I'm not going to summarize it. It was practically perfect and ridiculously engrossing and extremely fascinating so much so that my adverb use has increased exponentially. If I even tried to give a synopsis, it would trivialize it too much.

Green uses Leaves of Grass in a way that made me want to re-read it after having suffered through it in high school and potentially graffiti it all over the United States because: I love Green's use of periods. Part of why I loved it is for selfish reasons. Margo's struggles are my own, and her hates are my hates.

In Quentin deciphering Margo, it helped me realize a lot of things about myself; this is something that would be valuable to anyone who needs to become the wounded man. View all 96 comments. May 16, Sophia. Why so many good ratings for this book?

It could basically be called Looking for Margo, or Paper Alaska, because it's the same formula, again and again. How many books can he write about an unbelievable teenager secretely loving another unbelievable teenager? Everything was so absurd, Quentin's parents, the road trip, Ben, the black Santas.

All the metaphors are perharps what made me lose it completely. The book that Quentin reads, Song of Myself, all the thoughts he had about it are so painfull Why so many good ratings for this book? The book that Quentin reads, Song of Myself, all the thoughts he had about it are so painfully forced down the reader's throat. I've read somewhere that John Green was in love with his own brain, and I cannot agree more. The rant of the detective about balloons was so badly executed I thought it was a joke.

It's not poetic, it's ridiculous. And Quentin is so self absorbed, bashing Ben when really he should take a good look at himself. I had such a hard time finishing the book. It was this bad. View all comments. Jul 23, Sasha Alsberg rated it liked it. I enjoyed Paper Towns but did not love it as much as Johns other work.

The ending was not as fulfilling as I hoped. View all 56 comments. Oct 10, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: I first read it years ago; back before I'd heard of vlogbrothers, back when John Green was only known by a handful of readers, way way back before The Fault in Our Stars. And I loved it. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. I know millions loved his tragicomedy about teens with cancer, yet I found it cheesy and contrived, with unrealistic characters who wallowed in their own pretentious philosophy sorry fans, but that's how I felt.

And I began to wonder if perhaps his books had always been like that and I'd somehow missed it. If perhaps Paper Towns wouldn't be the way I remembered it. You see, here's some truths about John Green: He's an intelligent writer. He loves philosophy and he embraces nerddom. And, under it all, he's a romantic. It felt like a book that set out with a mission to be deep, clever, to deliver a multitude of messages, to prove that teenagers are quirky and intelligent.

Augustus, especially, seemed built around "intelligence" and "quirkiness" to the point that he didn't feel real; he felt like a caricature of a "philosophical teen". But coming back to Paper Towns made me realise that I hadn't changed.

Unlike TFiOS, these characters feel real. I felt like I was observing real teens living real lives, even though the plot does contain some fantastical elements. But it's because Quentin and his friends feel like teenagers. Many of them are still smart it wouldn't be a JG book if they weren't but they're realistic, silly, horny, and as ridiculous as we all ultimately are. I laughed out loud so many times. I highlighted so many quotes and then couldn't decide which ones to include in my review.

I enjoyed the "depth" of the novel that emerges gradually behind the silliness. The lessons about teen love and growing up and wanting to escape. In this book, he takes caricatures and stereotypes and peels back the layers of them to reveal the people underneath. Which is, ultimately, the underlying theme of this book: And this book is still as good as it always was. View all 46 comments. View all 74 comments. The following is quite a lot of dribble that I felt the need to get off my chest I'm kind of perplexed by this book.

I know I never want to read the name Margo Roth Spielgelman ever again, that's for sure. The characters apart from the previously named were fantastic and very believable. The dialogue between the friends was great and funny as I have come to expect from John Green. The first quarter of the book was highly enjoyable and then it deteriorated for me. I think The following is quite a lot of dribble that I felt the need to get off my chest I think this book suffers from it's own storyline.

I found myself wondering if this was seriously what this book was about after Quentin starts a desperate search for said girl who left home, is 18 yes a legal adult and has studiously ignored the crap out of him for 9 years apart from that one night! Not to mention she has her own head firmly stuck up her own arse.

What is with all the convoluted clues left for Quentin? Talk about self important! Anyway, I read through it all hoping it all had good reason, but it turns out it was just a giant exercise in navel-gazing. That's all good and well, but, in future please do something more interesting with your great characters John Green, thank you. View all 37 comments. Mar 05, K. Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. Last weekend, I attended a company-sponsored teambuilding session and the facilitator used this.

I got some good feedbacks that confirmed what I already knew but also some revelations. In this novel Paper Towns , John Green indirectly used Margo Roth Spiegelman for Quentine Jacobsen or simply Q to understand love and life and to know himself better as a person, as a man. Not by giving him direct feedbacks but by making him experience the things that he would not have dared doing.

Then going to the houses of the people who wronged your friend just to avenge? Then your friend disappeared, with no intention of returning and not wanting to be found, the following day? Leaving a note after a hug and a kiss: Who would have thought of having this plot in the first place? What makes this novel engaging is the prose: Green does not push down his philosophy on growing up down your throat.

He lets you enjoy his story and life realizations just naturally follow. Q, Radar and Ben but Margo permeates in each page of this novel: 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.

One thing I have to mention is that John Green knows how to write. His characters have never been for me, but the philosophical aspect is always interesting. Having a couple really highlights the story and makes you go: But having one in every chapter, is more like: A quick reminder for anyone and especially young readers, is that wanting to project yourself as something doesn't make you become that.

Angry at her lack of gratitude, Radar, Ben, and Lacey leave the barn and spend the night at a motel. Quentin realizes the image he had of her was as fake as the one that she had been emitting to everyone else, and becomes furious at her for wasting his time. Margo argues that Quentin saved her for egotistical reasons; he wanted to be a knight in shining armor who saved the troubled girl. Ultimately, Quentin accepts it was unfair for him to expect Margo to live up to his perfect image of her.

After their deep conversation, Margo decides to go to New York City and asks Quentin to accompany her. Quentin wants to stay with her, but understands his home life and responsibilities prevents him from doing so. Margo promises to Quentin that she will keep contact with him.

The novel is written in three parts. Each individual part is named for a specific metaphor used considerably in that section. Each individual chapter within the first two parts is labeled with a number.

However, the third part of the novel is divided into smaller sections. Each section refers to the hour of the characters' road trip. Throughout the novel, the concept of paper towns is mentioned several times. As a former Orlando resident, John Green had seen and heard of many "paper towns". His first experience with a "paper town" occurred during his junior year of college while on a road trip. In South Dakota, he and his friend came across a paper town called Holen.

At the end of the novel, John Green states that the story of Agloe presented in the text is mostly true: But then people with these old Esso maps kept looking for it, and so someone built a store, making Agloe real.

Paper Towns received mostly positive reviews. Publishers Weekly said, "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: It also said the novel is "another teen pleasing read". Though we only really see Margo for the first third of the book, the clues really create her character and give us the feeling she's a complex person.

Finding out who Margo is through the things she left behind was a really great way to develop her character. Rebecca Swain of Orlando Sentinel stated, " Paper Towns has convinced me that jaded adult readers need to start raiding the Teen's section at the bookstore.

Green, who grew up in Orlando and uses the city as a backdrop for the story, taps into the cadence of teenage life with sharp and funny writing, but transcends age with deeper insights. Philpot, editorial assistant of The Horn Book Guide, said, "the end breaks your heart, and yet it feels right".

Robert Corwin of Arizona State University wrote, "some readers may find the author's use of language and sexual content objectionable. On June 23, , Paper Towns was removed from the summer reading list for 13 year olds at Dr John Long Middle School in Pasco County, Florida after a parent complained to a board member that she disapproved of the book's sexual content. The National Coalition Against Censorship responded to the removal by calling for the book to be reinstated to the reading list.

In a letter to the district superintendent, the organization wrote, "No sound educational rationale for removing the book has been articulated, nor is it likely that one could be". Jake Schreier directed the film. Jaz Sinclair appeared in the film as Angela, Radar's girlfriend. The paperback edition of the novel was released on September 22, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the copyright traps added to maps, see phantom settlement.

This article is about the novel. For the film adaptation, see Paper Towns film. The two [1] first edition covers. Archived from the original on Retrieved June 20, Mudd ready to roll 'Paper ' ".

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Paper Towns is truly an unforgettable book that is easily the best of the best. With no doubt I am sure it is the best book of and one /5(). Paper Towns debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. It is taught in many high school and college curricular, often in conjunction with Whitman’s Leaves .

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Sep 17,  · Edgy, compelling teen angst mystery. Read Common Sense Media's Paper Towns review, age rating, and parents guide.4/4. 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 I decided that I had to.