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Quentin Jacobsen - Q to his friends - is eighteen and has always loved the edgy Margo Roth Spiegelman. As children, they'd discovered a dead body together. Now at high school, Q's nerdy while Margo is uber-cool.
One night, Q is basking in the predictable boringness of his life when Margo, dressed as a ninja, persuades him to partake in several hours of mayhem. Then she vanishes. While her family shrugs off this latest disappearance, Q follows Margo's string of elaborate clues - including a poem about death.
Q's friends Radar, Ben and Lacey help with the search, and a post turns up on a website: Margo will be in a certain location for the next 24 hours only. The race is on! After an epic drivethrough the night, they catch up with Margo, and Q learns first-hand that the way you think about a person isn't the way they actually are.
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'Paper Towns is a smart, thoughtful, funny, and hopeful novel that really epitomises John Green's brilliance. It has razor-sharp wit, fantastic writing, originality in spades, truth ... do everything in your power to get a copy immediately' - Teenbookreview
'A teen-pleasing read. Readers will enjoy the edgy journey and off-road thinking' - Publishers Weekly
'fascinating, cleverly constructed, and profoundly moving' - School Library Journal, starred review
'Green ... delivers once again ... A winning combination' - Kirkus
Winner - 2009 Edgar Award
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
John Green is a superstar in the world of young adult fiction; after reading Paper Towns, we’re more convinced than ever that he deserves that lofty status. In this wise and witty novel, unapologetic good guy Quentin Jacobsen—a high school senior—is in love with his enigmatic next-door neighbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman. When Margo disappears, Quentin embarks on an epic, eye-opening search mission. Green, who wrote the mega-hit The Fault in Our Stars, has a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and a gift for creating characters so real you’ll swear you’ve met them all.
Green melds elements from his Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines the impossibly sophisticated but unattainable girl, and a life-altering road trip for another teen-pleasing read. 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 title, which refers to unbuilt subdivisions and "copyright trap" towns that appear on maps but don't exist, unintentionally underscores the novel's weakness: both milquetoast Q and self-absorbed Margo are types, not fully dimensional characters. Readers who can get past that will enjoy the edgy journey and off-road thinking. Ages 12 up.
This book was fantastic, it is simply the greatest book I have ever read and is extremely relatable to me as a teen. Thank you John Green!