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.

The movie adaptation of Paper Towns will be released in Summer 2015 starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne, and directed by Jake Schreier.

You can buy Paper Towns from your favorite retailer via the Penguin Portal!

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.”

“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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Guillermina August 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

John Green, tengo que decirte que cuando creí que los mejores libros que iba a leer de tu autoria eran Buscando a Alaska y Bajo la Misma Estrella, leí Ciudades de Papel, y me quede realmente sin palabras.
Las frases que el libro contiene son de un gran significado, según desde donde se lo mire. Y admiro realmente cómo es que Quentin se niega a renunciar a su verdadero amor, Margo Roth.
Además, a mi me gusta muchísimo escribir, y este libro, me inspiró mucho y me hizo pensar sobre como no debemos dejar ir aquello que queremos. Y también, sobre el miedo a irse, porque irse resulta difícil hasta que te vas, y ahí es lo mas sencillo del mundo (frase que encontré en tu gran libro).
Me encantaría poder obtener respuestas tuyas aunque no escribo en inglés, pero podría intentarlo


Quentin Begeal August 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm

My wife and I just saw the movie Paper Towns. We live in Orlando We both come from Sidney, NY. We think the movie is a hoot and we loved it. Now we want to read the book.


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dick giver August 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm

the book is sht like ur pussy so dont read this sht ts not even that good


E August 22, 2015 at 8:42 am

Lol u dick giver, just kill yourself you jealous fuck and pls don’t ever reproduce. We don’t need you in this world.


kristal cardenas August 29, 2015 at 1:44 pm

it’s a good book, what’s wrong with you?!


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sujood qatishat August 13, 2015 at 10:10 am

john green , im your number 1 one i swear !! i need some anwsers please im obssessed with your books and your quotes are hanging around in my head everyday and they help me ALOT please anwser my e-mails to you because i just need anwsers :(


Elizabeth August 13, 2015 at 11:34 am

Good day Mr.Green I’m one of your biggest fans And you’re my favourite author I’m being honest. When I read your books they talked to me and I was so fond of reading it just watching the title of your books. All the metaphors and adventures and literary devices you use I could picture myself in your books. After reading Paper Towns I thought that you should write a second book about what happened to Margo her whereabouts and Clinton and if they will ever meet each other again I’m interested in finding out more about this “Paper Town” as one of your quotes say “You will go to the Paper Towns and you will never come back” As I said before I’m always interested in your books and after reading Paper Towns and watching the movie, I felt as if I was in Paper Towns itself and I’ll never find my way out. I’m anxious to see what this Paper Town has in store for all of us… Please think about my suggestion sir I’m sure your fans would love to see a second part to paper towns it’ll answer some of our questions. Thank you.


Ashley August 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Can’t wait to read this book…..and I’m inlove with your writing.
You are the best and my favorite writer by far.
Keep on doing what you do .

Love you John green :*


M.R.S August 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Margo ,margo , Margot ..she is perfect .


M.R.S August 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Paper town is a perfect book , is a best book ..
The fish,it’s very funny ahah , i love the book
It’s m’y favorite book ✒


papertownsfans August 15, 2015 at 9:02 am

yes me too M.R.S


M.R.S August 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

The last week i watch the DVD paper town withs m’y friend !!


M.R.S August 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Cara delevingne is perfect , nat wolf !! Omg


MSpiegelman August 18, 2015 at 5:49 am

Get lost. Get found.
This book changed me. This book ruined me. And at the same time, completed me. There are so many things to say yet too few words given. It made me experience the surreal craving to crawl inside the book and be Margo. I just… understand her so damn well. I’m sorry for cursing but this just literally changed me. I don’t know how to get over this and the movie was just pure fantastic. Really. I just cried at the times from the book which were seen in the movie. I cried even when the scenes weren’t originally from the book. And the soundtrack was just really awesome. It wasn’t on Billboard but it was something to pair with the film. Awesome casting (though Lacey / Halton Sage appeared too old) and Ben Starling was hilarious. Really. Loved the movie. Still loved the book more. Love John Green the best. Au revoir, un ami! Je’taime Paper Towns!


Booksarebetter August 20, 2015 at 12:00 am

Honestly, the movie was absolutely nothing like the book (especially the ending). I know movies are never quite the same as the books but the ending for Paper Towns was just terrible. Only watch the movie if you are willing to be infuriated. I liked the book so much more than the movie.


Brooke Humphreys August 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

People always tell me that I look like Hazel Grace and I find that funny because all of them have seen the movie but haven’t read the book. I have read almost every single one of your books and they are so life changing. They have changed my entire perspective on life. You have connected all the strings inside me. You have shown me that the world is not a paper town full of paper people. I would love to know if you are coming out with another book soon, if so I would love to read it.

Yours with great admiration,
Brooke Humphreys


tori August 22, 2015 at 9:04 pm

this is the best book ever! i cant wait to see the Movie, im in the process right now of reading all of your book in a month and doing a 10 page book report on every single one. i admire you and your work a lot. i just wonder all the time how you write these amazing books?


chiara August 24, 2015 at 8:13 am

dear john green,
I may not have read all his books.Maybe for you , you have billions of fan number one, not account very … I do not know if it will have time to read this message .I just wanted to tell him that the city of paper , for me it is a book , the pages it contains are not only pages .what she wrote is something wonderful . I mean really , that book changed my life . He has left its mark in my life since the age of twelve .I do not think that will ever read this message, you will surely have better things to do than listen to a poor child . I wish you the best . and yet know that she has created a book , which was one of the few things in life I ever did feel good . then , really , thank you
his little fans .


Laura August 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Please I need talk with you is my dream I know how it’s sounds cliche so please anwser me… I will freak out.
— Thanks for consideration,Laura


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Lover of ze book August 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

You need to make a second book about what Margo and Quentin do after he leaves


Vassilina August 28, 2015 at 6:55 am

Dear John Green ,
My name is Vassilina I am 14 year old and I am from Greece. I want to become an author and I hope to be so good like you! I am just writing to say that I really loved your book ”paper towns”!!! But I have some questions about it, and I am wondering if you can help me to figure them out!
Question 1) Did Margo returns to Orlando?
Question 2) like your other book “ The fault in our stars ” I just want to know what Happens after the end of the book!!
Please answer me I need to know!
With love your fan,
Vassilina Staurou


margo roth spiegelman August 28, 2015 at 10:21 am

so fyi, i am one of your fans john green! thanks for choosing me as your novel character. love ya


ritwika August 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

The book really explores the third dimension. From starting to the end millions of questions arise that are superficial initially but become soulful towards the end. When you finish reading it , you think what the hell should you think of it. Was it about love our courage or uniqueness or friendship or sportsmanship or….???
But after some time i realized that its way beyond.
I don’t love this book , but i believe in it and this way john green has given me a priceless possession.


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pablo sanchez August 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I want to say that im 11 and I love your book.You have one more fan.
Continue writing like this!!!



emily Aaliyah August 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm

just wanna say(that is if anyone even associated with john green reads this)i really must thank you john,and you might ask “why fellow fan whatever might you possibly be thanking me for?”. Well for starters your an amazing author and your writing style is really unique and hard to find these days. So i guess i’m just thanking you for using your talent,and making a living out of it.well thats all i have to say so “stay golden johnny boy” and “if your good at something never do it for free -joker” – -sincerely just another fan/Emily


Will August 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Just watched the movie trailer of the Paper Towns, and it looks promising. The plot seems very interesting and has a somewhat mystical atmosphere around it, and I especially like the quotes from the book, which is brilliant. John Green is a true genius of words. I’ll definitely check out the film! :)


Paper Jeesy August 31, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Dear John G.
You’re so inspiring, thanks for this book it’s amazing. Every time that I read one (I just already read 2, paper towns and the fault in our stars) it give me excited about the history and I feel so identify, specially this book because it’s about how we see people or what we want to see from them and about how get the corage to follow your way to find yourself. Here in México (Puerto Vallarta) it’s hard to get your books but I’m going to keep looking for and keep reading, be sure of keep writen non stop. Love tons


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