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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Yogini January 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

I love the windows and mirrors metaphors in this book. This and Looking for Alaska are definitely my favourites.


Mr. Green, help end the R-Word January 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Hi Mr. Green,

I’m not sure if my comment was deleted…Just in case I’ve decided to post again. Do you know what the word retard actually means? You use it 4-6 times in Paper Towns. The reason why I am being so persistent about this is because you are offending a large group of people when you use this word. Yes, this book was written in 2008 so you may not have been well educated on the matter, (Spread the Word To End The Word came about a year later) however the movie is coming out in 2015. I really hope you don’t use the R-Word in the movie. By using this word, you are telling your young audience that using this word is okay or cool when in reality it is the complete opposite. Mr. Green, you have a huge influence on people if you didn’t already know. Please use it for the better.




Greg January 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

Shut up, he is writing this book as a realistic senerio, people use the word retard, get over it. Also do you know what the word retard means??? It doesn’t directly refer to people with disabilities. So be quiet


Lana Rey January 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm

I don’t Know how old you are but nor do i care. Sorry Darling, But Retard isn’t bad. ( Retard: delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment.) Maybe that should help you. Now Boo- Boo if your saying that you don’t like the word Retard because you were called one I’m sorry BUT THAT’S LIFE!! ok hopefully i helped you out with the defition Of the Word Retard For you. Oh Also



Animus Voxx January 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

Oh my god. -_- Does it really matter? It’s not like he’s seriously trying to make fun of people with mental retardation problems. It’s a fictional book. You simply overlook it. Or just don’t read it.


Byanca January 10, 2015 at 2:17 am

I Literally just finished paper towns and I have to say that you never cease to amaze me and I don’t know what it means but my cat loves to sit next to me when I read. Maybe he knows what a genius you are! The fault in our stars was the first read from you then paper towns and next I plan to read looking for Alaska as does my sister. My whole family knoww what an amazing author you are. I am currently working on a book with four parts seven chapters in each which if I ever finish hope you to read and judge me positively or negativly you are the genius not me. Thanks again! ~Byanca Gallegos Age:12


piper January 11, 2015 at 3:13 am

when is the paper towns trailer coming out!!!!!!!!!!!


Tori January 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm

John Green, you are a god.


Soana January 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Hi , I don’t do this so I don’t know hw to do it or anything …so ,
I don’t read much ..but then all my friends said ur books were WOW then the tfios movie released and I found it very touching and wonderful just that the end is extremely tragic and it left in a BIG question mark,but it’s great the way it is….
Then I read looking for Alaska and I found it amazing , as I said I don’t read much but when it got to part two I couldn’t stop myself I got very into the book …..after these experiences I am interested in reading more of your great books… I just wanted u to know , I know u won’t see this mail probably but just wanted to let u know……. and which book of yours do u find best . And I m wondering which book of urs to read next, so what do u suggest…?
Thanks a lot anyway ..


nicole rosenvaig January 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

this book sucks


Lana Rey January 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Nicole rosenvaig is a ass ( cough cough) i meant SUCKS.


michelle slay January 16, 2015 at 11:03 am




Batya January 25, 2015 at 10:42 pm

This comment is very immature. Had you stated your reasoning for dislike, it would have been a comment that could help you grow as a learner and spark a good discussion with other readers, but how you have presented it is spam. An intelligent human being/nerdfighter (which is the basis of population on this sight), would have done it differently; which leads me to believe that you my dear Madame are spamming. Good luck in all of your spamtastic adventures! Just please, take them elsewhere.


Hannah C January 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

This comment seriously pissed me off. Thank you for the amazing nerdfighters that stood up for John. Love you guys. (especially michelle slay)


Q January 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Everyone has their opinion, no reason to hate on them for disliking a book. Come on guys, just try to be nice about it?


Mariana Antunes January 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

Green, I just have one thing to say.

This is definitely your best book.


Hannah C January 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

OH MY WORD YES I TOTALLY AGREE!!! Mariana, you are great


Haley January 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm

I haven’t read this book but I can already tell that it is going to be magnificent!!! Everything by John Green is amazing!!!


Lauryn M. January 18, 2015 at 2:02 am

I just recently read Paper Towns and the ending left me with a lot of questions so I made a video expressing how I felt ( Someone then commented on that video telling me that the ending I referred to is not the one she knows. She listened to the book and it went past hour 21 for her. My hardcover copy of this book ended at page 278 hour 21. I have googled how many pages the book is supposed to have and the answer is 305. So my question is have I been cheated out of the ending of this book?? I am very confused and would like an answer/explanation. Thank you so very much.


Diana January 25, 2015 at 3:54 am

The book is supposed to end at page 305 so I guess the copy you have is missing 27 from the story plus the author’s note, acknowledgments, and the discussion questions pages. You’re missing the final chapter-Agloe, which is actually like the best and most important part of the whole book. I would recommend you try to return the book where you bought it from and find the whole thing. Good luck! I hope you’ll get to read it soon!


Diana January 25, 2015 at 3:58 am

The book is supposed to end at page 305 so I guess the copy you have is missing 27 pages from the story plus the author’s note, acknowledgments, and the discussion questions pages on the back. Mine also has a glimpse on the first chapter of The Fault In Our Stars. You’re missing the final chapter-Agloe, which is actually like the best and most important part of the whole book. I would recommend you try to return the book where you bought it from and find the whole thing. Good luck! I hope you’ll get to read it soon!


Olivia January 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

This book is the best book for me. The history is amazing and I can look Margo, Quentin and her friends. I’m very happy because this year the film is on the cinema. I read many books and this, looking for alaska are the best.


Caitlin January 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Mr. Green,
Your books have absolutely captivated me. I received your paperback box set, and let me just say, WOW. I absolutely demolished all four books in a matter of days. I like to write, and every ounce of inspiration I can get is appreciated. Your books gave me inspiration and so much more. They gave me understanding, metaphors (which I live for), and a feeling of content.
Thank you so much for being you.


Mattie January 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

This is my favorite book! john you are an amazing writer and I love all your books! this book is amazing! When is the trailer for the movie coming out??


Giselle January 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Mr. John Green,
I have fallen in love with your books. I love them so much. Paper Towns was so amazing, I love the mystery of Margo’s disappearance. The Fault in our Stars stole my heart, as do all of your books. Thank you for writing such amazing books!


Breeanna January 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

I am a huge fan of yours! I love your books!! But I am very sad that you are not writing any new books I’ve been waiting for a new book to come out. I hope you continue writing because I really love your books. I know that you are busy with the new movie that are being filmed but I would love if you kept writing. I love your books more then your movies!!!!!
Love you biggest fan


Gina Willis January 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

First, let me say I enjoyed reading your book, Paper Towns. I am looking forward to seeing the film when it is released.

I have a few questions for you.
Who was your inspiration for Quentin? Who was your inspiration for Margo? Did you have a neighbor like Margo when you were a kid? How do you come up with so many beautiful metaphors? Are you satisfied with the ending? If you could change anything about the book, what would it be? How long did it take you to write Paper Towns? And the ending made me happy and sad at the same time. How is that possible??


Gina Willis


Nikol January 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

Hello Mr. John Green.
I love your books, I read three books, which were yet translated into Czech. I look forward to your next book.
A book Paper Towns intrigued me the most.
This is my favorite book!


Nathaniel Goodwin January 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

This is by far one of the best books I’ve ever read. The emotion the reader feels for each character is so real. It’s as if Margo, Q, Ben and Radar were all people I knew.


lorena January 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Hola! perdon si no se entiende lo que voy a decir, pero hay pocos libros como este, felicitaciones Green, good job!


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