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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オンライン October 13, 2014 at 7:59 am

女優はムリだが適正があるバラドルくらいなら生き残る余地はある
こうやって時々シャッフルして刺激を与えてんだろうけどね
市場は狭いし権限も小さいし情報量は少ないし……東京一極集中って、

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SACKANDCLOTHES October 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm

NOOOO ITS A NEW PAGE! I LIKED THE PREVIOUS PAGE!!!!

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION October 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

yEs thats Because you know who was all over it (me)

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SACKANDCLOTHES October 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

No it’s because I was all over it duh

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OMNICTIONARIAN96 October 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm

so… are we gonna leave this motel yet or what?

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Keisha October 15, 2014 at 3:10 am

Great book XD :)

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION October 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

THIS PAGE IS HOME TO ME YESSS

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MargoRothSpiegelman October 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION and Omnictionarian96 also Sackandclothes guys! *-* i really liked the fact that you names yourselves after the book’s character :3 that’s awsome.

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Camila Miranda C October 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Hi, I finished reading Paper Towns about 2 weeks ago and I have just one question, so if any one can answer it, Do Margo and Quentin end up as a couple or not? Does she ever goes back to Florida or does she stays in New York?
Thank you
Sincerely yours
Camila

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k1r5ty October 18, 2014 at 5:26 am

Q and Margo don’t end up together as she heads off to New York to start a new life-and he goes back to Orlando and continue his old life such as going to college. They do however decide to keep in touch and try to meet up at the end of summer.

hope this helps

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SACKANDCLOTHES October 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

And how do you know this? HA u don’t.

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marushka October 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

it literally says so at the end of the book

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Victor Rafael October 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

Dear Mr. John Green,

My name is Victor Rafael, I’m from Brazil and I love reading and your books.
Your books are so great, they are wonderful, from plot to cover. God bless you more and more.
But I come to you through this email to ask you some things, please, tell me what heapen with Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman on Paper’s City book. Do they come back home?
Does Margo go travel alone or Quentin go together? How about Radar, Ben and Lancey?
The collation of degree? John Green, take those doubts inside me, please.

Best regards,

Victor Rafael do Nascimento Silva

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Margot Roth Spiegelman learns darija .

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young thug October 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

i was wondering what happens in this book. should I buy it or not.

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Dom.pf October 25, 2014 at 12:45 am

Yes buy it…fantastic

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helen river October 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

yes, if you read other john green books and enjoyed them

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Lavin October 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm

OK, JOHN GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a great song for PAPER TOWNS and I think it fits in perfectly with the part when Q and the others leave before Grad to go find Margo, or, the closing credits. THE SONG IS “Up We Go” by Lights.

PLS SEE THIS PLS

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Emily Disarray October 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Omfg yes thats a perfect song for that! Actually anything LIGHTS is a perfect song for this book really…. XD

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Paper towns movie? trailer? when? oh how i enjoy your books. thanks

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Sam M. October 24, 2014 at 6:27 am

Paper Towns is an amazing book, telling the story of Quentin who searches to find his long lost friend. The title is creative and creates a duality, making use of a copyright infringement and the fakeness of a town/city. I wonder if John Green used inspirations from his life to write this book? The end alludes to the fact that Margo might become a writer, since she is furiously typing something in the barn when Quentin walks in. Also, why did Quentin bury Margo’s notebook with her, he seems as if he has feelings for Margo?

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linseylalal October 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Cara Delevingne ==Margo!

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nyarok October 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Dear Mr. John Green
Hi! I am Nyarok a teenager in the boring state of Nebraska. I really love all of your books (yes I have actually read all of your pieces of writing and I have watched every single one of yours and Hank’s videos) but Paper Towns is hands-down my favorite. I love everything about it from the storyline to how the characters differ. You are also one of my favorite authors and basically the reason I love reading and writing. I aspire to become a great author as yourself one day when I’m older. I just wanted to ask if there are any open spots to be an extra in the new upcoming Paper Towns movie? I’m aware that you probably won’t see this but I just really needed to ask because it would be a dream come true to work with my favorite author and some of the best actors/actresses in the country. I would lovvveeee to watch my favorite book transform into a real, actual, movie not just pages that are bound together.(:
Have a kick-butt day and don’t stop writing!
~Nyarok

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Katie October 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

I’d the book “paper towns” by john green going to be a movie soon, like around Christmas time or before Christmas

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Michalina October 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

JOHN GREEN ! I realy don’t know how you do that ! You are amezing writer. I love all of your books but paper towns is a little…. mysteirous ? When I try to imagine the end of this book I don’t know what to do? I realize that you also don’t know what happened to Margo, Q and others. Their story ended with the end of the book.That’s what I really like in your books. Develop imagination. You give us (your reader) opportunity to create their own completion. I can’t wait to see the movie and the next your books. I wish you lots of inspiration! :)

~Your loyal fan and reader! Michalina.

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