Paper Towns

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 of the girl he thought he knew.

Paper Towns debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. It is taught in many high school and college curricular, often in conjunction with Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which is an important text within the novel.

If you’ve read the book and don’t mind spoilers, you can find much, much more over at the Paper Towns Questions Page.

If you would like to read this book in another language, go to the translations page.

Reviews (Spoiler Alert!)

“Green’s prose is astounding — from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths. He nails it–exactly how a thing feels, looks, affects–page after page.”
-Johanna Lewis, School Library Journal, starred review

“A suspenseful mystery, a compelling central metaphor, and one of those road trips that every senior hopes he or she will have round out this exploration of the kind of relationship that can’t help but teach us a little bit about ourselves.”
-Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, starred review

“A powerfully great read.”
-VOYA

“There are echoes of Green’s award-winning Looking for Alaska (2005): a lovely, eccentric girl; a mystery that begs to be solved by clever, quirky teens; and telling quotations (from Leaves of Grass, this time) beautifully integrated into the plot. Yet, if anything, the thematic stakes are higher here, as Green ponders the interconnectedness of imagination and perception, of mirrors and windows, of illusion and reality. That he brings it off is testimony to the fact that he is not only clever and wonderfully witty but also deeply thoughtful and insightful. In addition, he’s a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material.
–Michael Cart, Booklist, starred review

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Ikk September 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH JOHN AND YOUR AMAZING BUT I DIDN’T LIKE YOU AT THE END OF THIS BOOK BECAUSE YOU NEVER TOLD US IF QUENTIN AND MARGO END UP TOGETHER IN THE FUTURE!!!! TELL ME RIGHT NOW I’VE NEVER BEEN SO CURIOUS IN MY LIFE!

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Simone September 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

Same :(

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Number 10 September 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

They obviously don’t end up together. That’s the whole point. But I guess books do belong to their readers.

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6age September 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I have the same exact comment AND I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU TO MAKE A SECOND BOOK TO PAPER TOWNS BECAUSE I AM OBSESED WITH THIS BOOK SO MUCH THAT I CAME ON THIS WEBSITE TO FIND OUT IF THERE WAS A SECOND BOOK TOO THIS STORY ………. ………………. AND THAT YOU ARE A GGGGGGRRRRREEEEAAATTT WRITER TOO. AND PLEASE DO MAKE A SECOND BOOK TO THIS STORY PPPPPPPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE AND :)

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Brianna September 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I’ve probably commented on this forum a million and one times to be honest and I don’t regret a one of them. This book has changed my whole outlook and I just felt the need to express to you that I am so grateful. Thank you for contributing my change for the better. Also, your idealism and philosophical ideas completely mesmerize me and I cannot wait to devour every one of your books. God has really blessed you with a talent for writing that many wished that they possessed, so congratulations. I hope that you go even farther than you already have in your life and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy every aspect of you and your personality. DFTBA and thank the Lord for NERDFIGHTERIA! Lol Have an awesome day/week/month/life in general:)

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Alma Nkemla September 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I just finish Reading Paper Town and I love It so much Because It is True. The water Vessel, The Balloon, the loose Strings. I kept reading The End over And over Again because I didn’t know what Was missing. Now That I’m finish, I Feel empty Like nothing is holding Me Down. I also feel Pain In my Heart but I don’t know Why. I still don’t Know What is Missing, there is Nothing Wrong with The book but There Is Something Wrong with me. If John Green actually reads This, Could You tell Me what’s Wrong with me Please? This book Is my Favourite Book because it doesn’t Have a Too Happy ending which Is what Life is really About. Nobody in Life Gets a happy Ending

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cris garcia September 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

I read this book last year and it was pretty darn good.

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Sarah September 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

So excited to read it ever since the fault in our stars i also can’t wait to see the movie next year

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simone September 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

*virtual high five*

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Cam September 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

Hi! I LOVE PAPER TOWNS SO SO MUCH AND I JUST LVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!! Ok. I got that out of my system. Anyways, love your book. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! I can’t decide between TFIOS and PT!! I love them both? Is Paper Towns becoming a movie? If so I will be SO SO SO SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!! It needs to be!!!

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Audrey September 7, 2014 at 4:51 am

It has been confirmed that PT is being made and have cast Nat Wolff as Quentin

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Cam September 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Thank you for telling me!!!

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sophie McGetrick September 8, 2014 at 3:46 am

John you are a genius
this book was pretty doozy!
thankyou!

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Drew Aronson September 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

WOW! This book was so thrilling to read and I couldn’t put it down. Even read it in the tub and while driving to church! My friend Kristin and Taylor also really enjoyed this book!

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TheBiggestNerdFighter-FrenchTheLlama September 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I really hope you mean while riding to church, not driving… lol

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Simone Dauz September 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

Okay, so I saw this on twitter that there’s gonna be an adaptation film of Paper Towns and Nat Wolff’s going to be in it. My friend and I were wondering who is going to play Margo?

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Donny Lisle September 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

They’ve confirmed Cara Delevigne for Margo.

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Simone Dauz September 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

Besides that, I would like to say that Paper Towns is like one of my top 5 favorite books so far. And still asking for a sequel, and a reply. I’m only 11. So don’t even try to mess with a seventh grader.

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TheBookLarva September 10, 2014 at 12:27 am

No, that can’t be right. I’m 11 and only in 6th grade. YOU CANT BE IN SEVENTH YET IF YOUR ONLY 11!!! Anyways, PT doesn’t need a sequel! Just like TFIOS, Paper Towns is utterly complete within itself. Maybe an epilogue would be nice, but a sequel is pushing it, bro. And I’m still debating which is better: TFIOS or PT :) so hard! Two amazing books, one decision. Ha! I love that! I totally typed that as I thought it! Anyways, JG WRITE A EPILOGUE TO TFIOS AND PT PLEAASSSSSSEEEEEEEEE!!!! And I to ally hope the PT movie is as wonderful as the TFIOS movie!

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Simone Dauz September 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

also, after I read it, The book had Haunted me forever. The ending Made me cry Because q and Margo just separated Ways. even though It made me Truly sad, i Thought to myself like: “John green could Even make an 11-year-old Child relate to An 18-Year-old guy Who’s going to Graduate from senior Year to college Relate to something That is very Common to us, People.”

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Cam September 10, 2014 at 12:30 am

OMG LOVE YOUR RANDOM CAPITALIZATION “I’m a big believer in random capitalization”!!!!! By the way, everyone PLEASE click y name :) you won’t regret it, I virtual pinky swear!

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Simone September 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

Dear Mr. John Green,

My friend, Julia will be asking you if ever allowing that we may send possible songs for the Paper Towns movie. Please ask her in this address:
juliabadiola08@gmail.com . Thank you.

-Simone Dauz and Julia Badiola :)

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Simone September 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

Paper Towns is just like another An Imperial of Affliction. In a good way, because I keep on reading it over and over, just like Hazel and questions will forever haunt me in my sleep and dreams. So if you could, please make a sequel so that all nerdfighters would have at least a story that would NOT make them cry or depressed or somewhat annoyed or somehow disturbed of what happens with Q and Margo.

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Nadia Finamore September 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
My name is Nadia, I’m 13 years old and live in Naples, Italy. I’m a big fan of his since before the fault of the stars became so famous. Do not even imagine how many letters of fawning fans have received during these months, and I know that most likely you will never read mine. But it’s worth a try anyway.
I would first like to thank you for the wonderful book that has given us, for the emotions that we did try, and for what he has taught all his readers, did not those with cancer, those patients who do not hate them anyway existences, and complain without thinking that there are people out there who really struggle to live and lives her life full of joy despite sometimes there is not.
As I said before I love your book, but … I would like an epilogue. I want to know how much longer Hazel will live, what will the mother after the death of his beloved daughter. I know that seems to want to repeat the things written in his book, but I assure you that it is not so. however there is also saying that she as Van Houten did not give a true ending. Okay: all very romantic, fantastic! But Hazel? The protagonist? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Best regards,
its Nadia

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alana September 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm

i think this is a really good book but there is one downside….. it is looking for alaska with different names….

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BookLovr September 12, 2014 at 4:09 am

Other than TFIOS what are you guys’ favorite John Green novel?

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Anonymous September 16, 2014 at 12:35 am

i LovE pApeR TowNs. i’vE heaRd There wAs goInG to Be a MoVie. raNdOm CaPitaliZaTioN ruLes

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strangely September 16, 2014 at 1:25 am

In both circumstances, the party went from average to more excessive, and strangely enough the more excessive were more popular than the more average. her explanation

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QTHERESURRECTION September 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE

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SACKCLOTHANDASHES September 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

Q WHERE IS BEN?

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION September 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

Hey honeybunny

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SorveteDaClarisse September 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I’m brazilian heeeeeeeey

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SorveteDaClarisse September 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Bom, pra ser sincera, eu já li o livro duas vezes e achei um pouquinho decepcionante. É que, eu não consigo aceitar que um livro simplesmente acabe e ponto. Não. Pra mim, os personagens são pessoas, que tem vida em algum universo paralelo. Então, o que acontece depois que o livro acaba? Eu tenho algumas dúvidas:
1) Eles ficam juntos?
2) O Ben e a Laecy ficam juntos?
3) E o Radar, como fica nessa história?
4) Ela volta algum dia para casa?
5) Quais foram os lugares que a Margo mais gostou?
6) A Myrna morreu?
7) Que curso o Q escolheu na faculdade?
8) Se ele e a Margo não ficam juntos, ele conhece outra garota e se apaixona?
9) Se ele se apaixona, é do mesmo jeito que ele gostava da Margo?
10) E os pais da Margo, o que acontece com eles?

Bom, é basicamente isso, então, se alguém puder esclarecer isso pra mim, ficarei EXTREMAMENTE agradecida. PLEASE Beijos clarisse

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Lizzie September 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Dear, Mr. Green,
“Paper Towns” was a very good book. It started with quite the mystery and ended well. It was utterly funny and made me laugh numerous times. Thank you for the gifts you give the world through your books, for all who read them share the same tears, laughs, and deep thoughts about your prodigious novels.

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Jamie Lynn September 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Damn you, John Green…I never want to put the book down! Because of you, I will have to read this book at least 27 times before I die. You beautiful bastard.

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ALEX September 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Honestly John Green I luv ur books, How could anyone ever not ?? Iv’e read The Fault In ur Stars, looking for Alaska & paper towns. My favorite was LFA. rn im currently reading an abundance of kathrines idk if its catching my tho. my next read will be your Will Grayson,Will Grayson for sure.
~ W/ ALL LOVE,ALEXIS

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