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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Isabella Barker Thompson March 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Dear John Green,
just like The Fault In Our Stars you have created a masterpiece. Paper towns is a truly amazing book with comedy and romance. This book is special to me as it teaches me to see the beauty in what you have already got and not go looking for silver linings elsewhere. Thanks for teaching me this lesson evan though it might not have been intended. Thanks so much,
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Sade g. March 5, 2016 at 10:02 pm

I was wondering if the will be a “Paper towns 2″? I would love that!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!! I am 11 years old

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Amanda March 7, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

I’ve read Paper Towns and Fault in Our Stars. I’m about to start Looking for Alaska.
I admire you because you think of things I’ve never thought about before and it’s amazing. I think the book Paper Towns was very creative because everything you wrote was very original and I love all the adventures Margo goes on.

Fault in Our Stars was definitely a very sad book but I enjoyed it because of that. I especially loved the part when they first met.

I’m looking forward to reading Looking for Alaska. Both of your other books were very good.

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Joana Cruzate Agusí March 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

Dear John Green,

my name is Joana Cruzate and I’m eleven years old. I’m not master english because I was born in Barcelona and I live in this beautiful city, but I make an effort.
I love your books. But they finish in a sad ends. I like sad ends, but I need more.

My question is… What’s app after the book? Margo and Q continue their relationship? What’s app with Margo’s fate? What’s app with Ben, Lacey and Radar? Only you can answer this question. If you have time and you can’t answer this questions because I could publish it, please write a saga. Sure there are many more readers who wonders about.

Thank you!
Write me soon!
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Chloie Mercado March 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm

I really liked this book and my cousin had given it to me for Chistmas. T be honest, you are by far one of my faviorite authors, but I do have a couple of questions.
1.Why do you make Margo a person who seemed two face?Have you met many people like this?
2.Why did Quentin not go on the journey, in the very end, with Margo?
3.Have you also had an experince with this?
I had enjoyed this book very much, and I plan on reading the rest of your books. BTW, “The Fault In Our Stars” was AMAZING. Please continue with your writing.

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Samendra March 28, 2016 at 8:10 am

Dear John Green,

I have 2 questions to ask

1) Does Margo and Q end up together and?
2) What year and date does this take part in the book?
Thank you for your reply
Kind Regards
Sam

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Enid April 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

the book was good…yeah….okay…but boy…it was weird….the starting, when Margo and Quentin play all those tricks and the road trip were good…..but the rest was a drag. this book had a weird ending…..whatever…..but…it was not as good as the fault in our stars..totally not…

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Caitlyn Ramey April 12, 2016 at 9:39 am

Dear John Green,

I am a huge fan of your work I’ve seen all the movies based on your books and there all amazing!✋

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Dear John Green,

I am a huge fan of your work I’ve seen all the movies based on your books and there all amazing!✋

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kaila April 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

this book is dumb and margo should have died :)

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MaRiA April 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

i love the fact margo was not just any character she was the plot twist and to think that she perhaps went to the paper towns to figure out how her life would be if did not take those two steps forward {first time they saw the dead body } and she went with Q like any kid crying faster is weird.
i need answers now what if she was like that because she was unpredictable.

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Simone April 19, 2016 at 6:37 am

Dear John Green,
I’m from Holland (Netherlands) and I really like Paper towns. is there going to be a part two? Margo and Q should really end up together. After I read the end I also thought I wasn’t done reading. Can there please be a part two? Can you answer to this?
greats from Holland

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Hipster April 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

I loved the book but hated how it ended. JUST WHY JOHN GREEN! WHY??????

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samantha saunders May 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm

omg i am in the middle of reading paper towns. i always read and then see the movie so i can critise the movie. btw i love john green’s books.

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athyna Frieez May 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

This book was amusing. One of the best books I’ve ever read. my favorite part is when they go to Sea World in the night. I can’t wait to watch the movie.

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jessi.m May 12, 2016 at 8:10 am

dear John Green,

I read paper town’s in two days. It was an amazing book, but I feel like you left us on a cliff hanger. So would you make another book or no. Because I would read it straight away, if you did just saying.

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Jada Davids May 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

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natalie May 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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sammi saunders May 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

how dare you, john green, leave me hanging like that. can you please make another book to continue paper towns because it left me hanging. also the movie sucked because it was nothing like the book! they left after prom not before. please give me an email if you think about writing another book. my email is ssaunders@peell.k12.wa.us thank you and have a wonderful day

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