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.”
-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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Luna January 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Hi I absolutely adored this book yet like every book of yours the ending frustrated me sooooo much. I admire your work I really do but the endings frigging annoy the shizzles out of me but yeah loved the rest of it all so well wroten

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Joy Naitore January 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

I hear you…. when I was done I was left with so many questions that I wished there was a sequel….

He is good alright!!!

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Katniss January 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

I like this book so much! And I want to ask author. Is he going to continue “Paper Towns”?

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Hal Bob January 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

I love this book!

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flooo January 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

i love the book a looooooooooooooooot

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Dwayne January 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Okay. So, I’ve only read this book once and it’s my favorite book by far. Compared to all the other books I’ve read, which is a lot, I feel like I can relate to the main character, Quentin, throughout the entire book. As I learn more about him, the more I see myself, except for the predicament that he faces, but his background I can totally understand. John Green, you are the best author, because your work is so interesting. I know I haven’t read all of your books(and I’m sorry for that), but I can tell that all of your books deal with everyday people. Nothing out of the ordinary, yet you make your work so profound in a teenagers heart. I’ll be honest, when I read “The Fault In Our Stars, I cried for like 15 minutes. Your books that I have read, have touched my heart in a good way. When I read your books, I feel like nothing else in the world matters. Even though I don’t know you, I feel like I do know you or learn more about you as an author when I read. You’re one of my biggest inspirations. I would say that I’m not expecting a response from you, but then I would be lying. Please e-mail me about what I can do to write more like you.

Sincerely,
Dwayne.

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Zowie. January 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Dear Mr.Green
I Have A Few Questions about this Book.
1) Do Q and Margo Have a Future Together?
2)Do Ben and Lacey Stay Together? And If Not Does Ben Find All The Hunniebunnies he Needs?
3) Does Margo Ever Return to The City?
4) Why Does Margo Refer to herself as a “Paper Girl”
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If You Could Answer These Questions It Would Be Gladly Appreciated.

Sincerely,
Zowie

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Luke Borlaza January 10, 2016 at 7:21 am

That is also my question ? Mr. Green can you answer those question?

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Joy Naitore January 27, 2016 at 5:16 am

I would love to know the responses as well.

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Faith January 13, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Hi,I’m a 13 year old girl who can completely absolutely relate to this book. I love all your quotes but my favorite one is “Margo always loved mysteries.And in everything that came afterwards,I could never stop thinking that maybe she lover mysteries so much that she became one.” I have so many questions about your book but there are far to many to ask. But you probably will not respond to these questions but I will ask them anyways. My first question is, “Where do you get you brilliant storys from?” “Are they based upon real storys?” “Can you relate to any of the storys or characters you have written about?” “Did Margo Roth Spiegelman think of Quentin ever the way he thought of her before there Revenge that night?” ” Was Margo ever really a Mystery or could Quentin just not understand who she really was at the time?” Okay this is my last question “Margo was talking about “All those paper people” but she never saw heself as one till a point in time then she relizes that she wasn’t real and she thought she was a paper girl but she didn’t want to believe it and she left the town she called paper, Then she said that her and Robert Joyner where alike in a lot of ways and she realized also that Robert was not a Paer person but a real person, finally to my question…. Did Margo ever think that everyone isn’t always a Paper person but can be real at points in time?”

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Maysa Salles January 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Eu sou como ela… Uma “Spiegelman” não que eu seja uma “fabricante de espelhos”, mas me vejo em um labirinto de espelhos, vejo o reflexo de mim mesma, e não o que os outros veem. :) – Maysa Salles.

I’m like her … A ” Spiegelman ” not that I’m a ‘ mirror manufacturer , ” but I see myself in a mirror maze , see a reflection of myself , not what others see . :)
Maysa Salles.

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Savanna January 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

I totally agree!! Paper towns is by far my favourite book I keep reading it over and over again….. I think Margo could really teach us girls a thing or two to live our short life and take chances……I’m also a massive fan of mysteries and I always have been I really think me and margo have a lot in common…..Cara Delevigne is my favourite actor and she’s the most beautiful girl EVER!!!

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Jessica January 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

I hope John Green writes Paper Towns 2. Please John green. I’m almost finished with Paper towns. You would be my hero

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Ida January 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Margo’s idea of papertowns and papergirls and boys was so much alive to me. I have been speaking about it as glass people and blanketpeople. The blanketpeople are the paper ones. You can be born glass, and streched to blankets. Strong feelings can melt the blankets, and if they have or get the energy, they can solidify and become glass. The rare fragile AND beautiful humans.
I do not want a papertown 2. Not if it was not intendet in the first place.

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Daniel January 25, 2016 at 6:30 am

I love your little twist on the multitude of meanings in this book, very creative.

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Ember January 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm

This is my favorite John Green book, out of “Katherines,” Paper Towns, Alaska, and TFIOS. I absolutely loved it!!! It gave me such horrible book hangover, though. Haha.

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sofia January 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

OMG i love the book its literally my inspiration thank you john green for making this book you are the best!!!!!

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Savanna January 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

I also really like mysteries and i’ve always thought of myself as a paper girl in a paper town, people look at me and go “I really wish I was her friend why is she so beautiful” but why can’t people look at me and go “she,s beautiful yeah but she’s also smart, funny kind etc.” Also i’ve ran off a few times aswell I dont leave clues but after a short while I end up coming back. Margo is a really good role model…….she’s saying “get out there live you’re life don’t give a fuck about what everyone else thinks and do you’re own thing” I really think this book had made me a different person and i’m really grateful to John Green for making such an amazing book and I really hope they’ll be a paper towns 2!!!

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alyssa Jones January 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

I just recently bought this book and I absolutely LOVE it! I’m currently in a book club at my high school and I’ve heard some of your work that you’ve done and I never got a chance to actually sit down and enjoy any of your books. I’m glad I started reading it! I’m looking forward to reading more..

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Emma January 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

This book was really inspiring to me. I love the quotes that Margo makes through out the book especially the one about how she loved mysteries so much she became one.. I wish I could be like Margo but I guess my question for you is does Margo return to home and do her and Q become something?

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Joy Naitore January 27, 2016 at 5:14 am

I am curious as well.
Did she return home or reach her planned destination?

#Bliss

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Adventurer January 22, 2016 at 2:06 am

Hi. I want to thank John Green for “Paper Towns”. This work has been a miracle for me, it reffered to in the book, and do not forget to help themselves.
It is interesting to look at other people’s eyes at a similar story in real-life, reading this book. After reading, i thought a lot and learned a lot. Thank you very much for the lesson. Now re-read the book in English. I think, that i would find it even more.
P.S. Sorry for my bad English, i will fix it =)

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Daniel January 25, 2016 at 6:26 am

HI REALLY QUICKLY IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BOOK WITH SOMEONE, YOU CAN TALK WITH ME, DON’T WORRY I’M NOT TOO WEIRD, MY IG IS IN THE BOTTOM AND WE CAN TALK THROUGH THERE. I finished reading this amazing book just recently and I absolutely fell in love with it. I fell in love with each individual character, with the plot, the metaphors, everything. It is so well written and with Q narrating the whole thing, I was able to relate to him as a character. I related to everyone actually, each of them holding a personality trait the I can see myself holding. After reading this book, I feel a lot more curious of who I actually am. How do I break my strings from this society and explore the world the way I would explore it, and not how the me with strings attached to things would. The strings keep us from being us. Anyway, I really want to talk about this book with other people and bond over a really good book. If anyone feels the same way my instagram is underscoredaniel (yes, you have to actually spell out underscore, I thought it was cleaver, but then again I was 14) just message me on there and we can sprout a conversation that will give different POV for the book. I can’t wait.

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WeeWoo Jenkins January 26, 2016 at 10:44 am

I get it. I get this book ending. She had planned everything out correctly but she hadn’t expected him to come to Agloe. When he got there, she made a plan. She thought she could make him go with her because he loved her. She thought that he couldn’t refuse. But he did. We are all distracted by love. Good Work.

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Joy Naitore January 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

Dear John Green,

Thank you Thank you for your books.
Paper Towns went overboard for me and let alone that, I was left with so many questions.

Will there ever be a sequel for Paper Towns that will answer most of my questions?

For example, Did Margo ever reach her destination? Did she get to communicate with Quentin after the end?

With Love,

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Alaska Indica-Jade Harperson January 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Hello, I have recently finished reading paper town. It took me a solid year to read.

And its not because 1)I’m bad at reading, I’m actually pretty good considering I’m half Asian and English isn’t even my first language 2)I left it on the John Green side of my shelf 3) or was lazy.

It was because, I connected with Margo Roth Spiegelman. I tried to be her, mysterious, fun and badass. I would read a page or two and then go off on a walk pretending I was her, so I would like to leave this as a thank you note for John Green, for creating her and it made me have fun.

Thanks,

Haruka Harperson

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Bianca smith February 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

I love this book I am a little bit like margo I am different I’m free I was a little disappointed with the movie because it was different but I don’t care I just love ur books I hope you write some more books I love everyone of ur books and I love it

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Sharon February 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

I have finally discovered why John Green is my favorite writer. ALL OF HIS BOOKS ARE SO FREAKING DIFFERENT. After i read TFIOS I was really expecting paper towns to be just like it and it was soooo diffferent and Will Grayson, Will Grayson was so different as well and I just knew. John Green’s books are the only books i can read several times and not get bored. I can’t wait to read an abundance of katherines and looking for alaska. I’m soooo glad I heard about John Green and got to read his books and all. *sighs I really hope he never stops writing.

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