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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Becky March 31, 2015 at 11:13 am



desiree whittet March 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm

what’s it about?


brian m long March 31, 2015 at 9:09 pm

if your question extends beyond what is on the above page then it is about how our perceptions meet reality and the bias braght about by our own mind


desiree whittet March 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm

how long until there’s a movie over paper towns cause I have a book report and it cant have a movie over it.


Maya April 1, 2015 at 6:12 am

Can I just say how simply phenomenal this book is!! I have never been so engaged in my reading and every time is reach a new chapter I just carry on reading and reading because I want to know what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, witty, action packed book with a hint of romance!!!!


sophia April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

what sub genre is this book??????? i need to know this soon!!


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