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

{ 1738 comments… read them below or add one }

Johnny C November 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

I loved this book! Not to sappy but full of adventure! A great read!


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soph November 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

what happens to q, ben, radar and lacey? do they go back?


arman November 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I really love your books especially Paper Towns.
This book changed my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jonathan November 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

1 this book is amazeballs
2 yes he goes back after some time and have a family…in my imagination.
thank you.. bye bye


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This book is one of my absolute favorites by you!!!!!! I love the ending and think it is totally fitting for Q, Radar, Ben, Lacey and Margo! Mr. Green you have outdone yourself.


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“we were just looking at idea’s of each other”
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satvik November 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

this is the best book i have ever read


Matthew Taylor November 30, 2015 at 12:47 am

I saw Paper Towns,and it was an interesting story.I was really hoping Quinn would get what he wanted be staying with Margo.At the end I was really disappointed that Quinn and Margo couldn’t stay together like I hoped,and instead at the end Quinn got to drift apart from her.I hope there comes a Paper Towns 2 movie,so I can see Quinn get happy and stay forever happy.And I mean by Quinn and Margo getting back together,and staying together forever.


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