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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Madds March 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

This book is amazing. But I just don’t understand this Margo character. She has never done anything for Quentin and then she expects Q to just drop everything and look for her. Margo seems to be selfish and she just rubs me wrong.


Margo K. Lancaster March 3, 2015 at 11:07 am

She doesn’t expect him to go looking for him, like it said she said she didn’t mean to leave that map she just left so fast that she didn’t i forgot the quote but yes, Q tried looking for her because he thought she wanted to be found but then he realized that the Margo he knew was no longer there and was never actually there but he was more in love before with the mere imaginary picture of who Margo was, then actually Margo. BUT don’t you just hate how it ends with Q having an Epiphany that they aren’t made for each other.


Emma K. March 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

I actually have to disagree with you Margo, K., I think the ending was amazing. Paper Towns is just one of those books where it cannot have a happy ending. Surly we have read the books where “the boy runs after the girl and eventually wins her back”. If that was the case in Paper Towns, it would have no meaning. In TFIOS Mr. Green quotes, “the world is not a wish-granting factory”. And that is so true. If Q won Margo back and they went on to live a happy life, there would be no ending. Mr. Green would have to write a sequel, responding to his ending in the first book. (Paper Towns is also a book that cannot have a sequel!) Also, those last few pages have so much depth and meaning in it that could last a life time. The ending is the one thing in the book that shouldn’t be touched


awet April 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

i agree Lancaster!! bUT i tHINk its nOt liKe thaT!! iT couLd be liKE Q UNderSTOOd THaT at thiS moMent theY canT be toGethER mayBe coz of his caRRier-fuTure & faMIly reAsonS!! bUt onE daY thEY’LL sureALy bE toGether!! & The maIN reason tO thIS is thEy have a stRING WHICH Is cONNECTing thEM!!mOREover thEy havE fEElings for each OthER sinCE THEIR chiLdhood wHIch cant be ignoRed!! tRy to fEEL them!! u’ll get the AnSwEr by yoURself!!


Margo K. Lancaster March 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

This book, this has to be one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read and I would love for new people to read it. If you have you know what I’m talking about, If you have not yet read it you are seriously missing out on one of the most amazingly well written stories I don’t normally let myself read more than one story from an Author because I always feel like i will eventually lose interest in the the way the Author writes the stories because they all seem to be exactly the same exact way or in the same kind of genre like for example Stephen King, but John Green is such an amazing Author but also a really awesome human being if you haven’t yet watched any of him and his brothers blogs on Youtube I suggest you to because they are so full of knowledge.


Liv March 5, 2015 at 4:31 pm

I always read your name as Margo Katherine Lancaster from his books.


Tiago Vitor March 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Hi my name is Tiago a’m from Brazil. Friends now.


Duncan Coleman March 6, 2015 at 1:40 am

Man, the mixed feelings after reading this book. I thinknits safe to say I enjoyed the first part of it more then the end, I feel like you (just like Q, Ben, and Radar) get this wrong idea of Margo. Who personally was my favorite character in the book up tell the end


LDP March 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

I loved the book and i’m looking forward to see the movie… i think Cara Delevigne (or whatever her last name is) will do a great job because she has a Margo-like personality herself although quite frankly i expected Margo to be like the books says… curvy, or in Q’s words “you could not say that Margo Roth Spiegelman was fat, or that she was skinny”. However i have to admit that in John’s books what is most important in the female characters is their intelligence and strong personalities … Only good things to come i’m sure…


Emma K. March 15, 2015 at 10:49 am

I must agree with you, beyond excited for the movie. Upset that the release date was moved, but there is the trailer to look up to in a couple of days. Only aspect I’m truly annoyed with is that there will not be a SeaWorld film. I think that part in the book sort of focused on the relationship of Margo and Q. It will be greatly missed in my heart.


Annie March 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

I have read many of the John Green novels and I honestly really really enjoyed Paper Towns. It was definitely my favorite.


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Sprinkle Girl March 10, 2015 at 10:27 pm

OMG I loved this book cant wait for the movie


anthony bryan March 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm

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sam April 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

yo chill


Alana April 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

You’re a lying piece of shit that doesn’t know anything :-)


Darina March 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

It’s GREAT! I simply fell in love! I’m so similar to the characters! I like puzzles as Margo does and I hope that something magic will happen with me. I BELIEVE and it means that I LIVE!


Kristine March 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

Dear Mr Green
This is truly my favorite book. I love the personality of Margo Roth Spielgeman and I’m really excited about the film. This book means a lot for me. Thanks for inspiring me to write better and thanks also for writing.
Yours a reader/writer from Spain that reads all your books in English and Spanish.


Mia harrison March 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm

I was amazing like the best book I’ve read. I read it 7 times now same with looking for Alaska they were both incredible so thank Mr Green

P.S Always loved your books


Brittany Avery March 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm

You are amazing!! I love your books sooooo much!!! My goal is to read them all, the next one is this one. I just got it today. You are an amazing author!


ayden March 15, 2015 at 1:36 am

truly lifesaving.


Sophie March 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Excuse me but why Q leave her at the end?


Mackenzie March 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

I loved this book but I am convinced that John Green wants all teenage girls to cry. Why did he have to leave? Did they ever meet again? Did Margo settle down? All of these unanswered questions and all of these years. Please never stop writing.


awet April 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

i totally loved this book!!& my excitement brought me to watch the trailor!! & now just waiting for d movie!! i loved d character of mArGo & quEntin!!
this was amazing piece joHn plZ do WrIte soMe moRE!!!!!!!
& u should’nt have left this incomplete ending!! i guEss u lEFt that For tHE sEries!! mAybE in nEXT theY woUld be gRAduated ones!!
pLz do wrITE moRe!! grEat reQuest!!


punit April 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

can anyone send me photos of pages 70-90 as mine one missing it?


Sai Kalyan April 26, 2015 at 5:29 am

Every John Green fan and to Mr.Green himself
Never in my whole life of sixteen not so long years had I cried so hard as I did at the end of this book!
1.I thought Margo would agree to return home with Q and a happier ending perhaps.
2.Not that I’m trying to act like Q or anything but because I was so deeply in Love with the Characters(Q and Margo) that I couldn’t help but cry!
3.I cried so hard that I forgot what I had in mind for 3.
At the end of it all,I laughed,I cried and I will always come back for more! Always.
In love with your work since I read Paper Towns.
-Sai Kalyan(16.Bangalore,India)


Aiza April 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

Dear Mr.John Green,
I am a die hard fan of your novels,they now have become a part of my life.I just wanted to ask you If you’re going to do a sequel of Paper Town coz I wanna know what will happen to Quentin,to Margo,to Ben,to Radar,to Lacey and to Margo’s cat please let me know if you do a sequel.


John Green April 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

No, thank you though!


margo :) May 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I know i totally want there 2 be one for the same reasons


anonymous April 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

fyi, whoever Edits this–the Population of algoe Will actually be One until May 29th at Noon


Afer April 29, 2015 at 11:37 am

Alexandra Ferrella


q April 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm

you should rebuild it


Abbigale Jean Alauzen April 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

Hi my name is Abbigale Jean Alauzen and i like this book alatte


q April 29, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Anybody get the detective’s idea, about Margo being a balloon?


John Green April 30, 2015 at 11:24 am
margo :) May 1, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Will there be a part 2 or sequel to paper towns


Morgan/Margo May 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

HELLO!!! I love your books John and I was wondering if you could make a like box set or something of that sort so I don’t have to buy each in separate stores or times. I love your books and it would be cool if you made a movie for each one. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nicholas May 3, 2015 at 2:43 am

Dear Mr.Green,

I have just recently found your small corner of the internet and library and I have fallen in love with it. Being one of the few(if any) nerds in my small town, I had nobody to conect to for almost all of my life. It wasn’t until the fateful day that I decided to read The Fault In Our Stars that I found the small but powerful youtube link to Vlogbrothers and my perspective and outlook on myself and life had changed forever. In the recent year, my life has undergone a series of events for the better and I have actually grown into a real humanbeing, not a sad young guy without any selfesteam or positive emotion. You in part have helped feel so much better about myself by showing me an entire community of people like me that care about fixing worldsuck and learning and experiencing the beutiful gift of life.
John I know you will probaly never get this mesage and thats okay to me because this piece of text will always excist in the space of time of when it is created and it will always state that I thank John Green for his imput and influence on my life.
Thank you.
You have given me a bit of the world that is made of awesome and I can’t be more greatful. I’m aware you have recived many notes like this and probaly better ones to but mine is still worth something.
Also I’m sorry about any spelling or grammer errors.



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