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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Margo R S July 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

fyi, whoever Edits this – the Population of agloe Will actually be One until may 29th at Noon.


Q July 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

I’m coming for you


Radar July 28, 2015 at 10:45 am

Dude we are soooooo gonna miss prom


Ben July 28, 2015 at 10:46 am

Do this shirt smell like pee to you?


rafael piacenti July 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Olá Jonh Green, meu nome é Rafael Piacenti tenho apenas 12 anos, mais não simplesmente gostei de seu filme e do livro que deu até para entrar dentro da história, porque nas últimas cenas cheguei a me emocionar pois fiquei pensando quando o Quentin se despediu de seus amigos foi triste e ao mesmo tempo me fez pensar, estou ainda no 7 ano mais e quando chegar no 3 ano do ensino médio, como será a despedida dos meus amigos, será que vai um para cada lado, pois na escola andávamos sempre juntos e se depois nós nunca mais nos virmos…
Agora mudando de assunto eu consegui entender o final mais acho que poderia ter o Cidade de Papel 2, contando a história que a Margo consegue se encontrar interiormente e ela vai para uma jornada atrás das coisas e pessoas que a fizeram felizes antes dela se encontrar interiormente, essa história poderia se passar 6 anos depois do fim do último filme, então não vou colocar falas pois vou deixar para você Mr.Green, mais irei falar a história.
6 anos após a ida Quentin e seus amigos para a universidade, Margo nesses 6 anos estava em sua ‘’cidade de papel ‘’, pensando em sua vida e tentando se achar interiormente até que ela consegue se achar interiormente e vai atrás da pessoa que te fez muito feliz na infância e que te feliz a pouco tempo na escola. Neste momento Margo vai atrás de Quentin pois que correu atrás dela e a amou de verdade foi ele, também nestes 6 anos Margo percebe que começou a gostar de Quentin na infância e ainda o ama , mais o tempo não passa ele voa, Margo volta a Orlando, e vai falar com os pais de Quentin diante de qual universade ele tinha cursado e onde estava morando, após Margo falar com os pais de Quentin ela vai a casa de seus pais, que ficam muito felizes com a volta de Margo que resolvem fazer uma festa para comemorar a sua volta, no meio dessa Margo com as informações dadas pelos pais de Quentin, Margo no meio dessa festa ela foge sem ninguém perceber.
Margo após fugir de sua festa ela vai a procura de Quentin ninguém sabe com qual veiculo ela foi mais ela chega no consultório médico Quentin, tem o encontro dos dois, mas os planos que Quentin avia dito para Margo estavam sendo cumpridos, Quentin estava formado com seu consultório e em um relacionamento sério com uma mulher, após Quentin contar toda essa história de como estava a sua vida e seus planos estavam se realizando perfeitamente, mais Margo precisou apenas de uma noite com um jantar e lembrar a infância dos dois para reacender o amor verdadeiro dos dois.
Quentin quando volta para sua casa de madrugada sua namorada pergunta aonde ele foi ? com quem ele estava?, mais Quentin a ignorou e foi dormir mais na verdade ficou pensando na Margo e a Margo ficou pensando em Quentin, os dois deitados na cama pensando um no outro.
Quentin percebe que nunca chegou a amar sua namorada mais na verdade sempre amou a Margo mais usava a sua namorada para tentar esquecer a Margo, mais nunca conseguio esquecer Margo. Quentin e sua namorada tem uma briga e acabam terminando.
No outro dia Quentin vai atrás de Margo, e diz que o ama e nunca a esqueceu e Margo pela primeira vez diz ela ama Quentin e pergunta novamente.
-Quentin vem comigo ? E Quentin sem pensar responde
- Desta vez eu não vou errar e me arrepender, foda-se tudo vamos juntos pra sempre Margo eu TE AMO

Hello John Green , my name is Rafael Piacenti have only 12 years, more not just liked your movie and the book that gave up to get into the story , because in the last scenes I got to thrill me because I wondered when Quentin said goodbye to his friends was sad and at the same time made ​​me think , I’m still in seven years more and when you arrive at three years of high school, as will be the farewell of my friends , will it one for each side , as we walked in the school always together and then we never we meet …
Now changing the subject I could understand the end I think more could have the Paper City 2 , telling the story that Margo can be found inside and she goes on a journey behind the things and people that made her happy before she find inside this story could spend six years after the end of the last film , so I will not put words because I will leave you Mr.Green , most will tell you the story.
6 years after Quentin and his friends going to university, Margo these six years was in his ” City of paper ” , thinking about his life and trying to find inside until she can find inside and go after the person who He made you very happy childhood and you’re happy the little time at school . At this time Margo goes after Quentin since ran after her and loved her really was him, even in these six years Margo realizes that began to like Quentin in childhood and still love him , more time does not pass it flies , Margo back Orlando, and will talk to the parents of Quentin before universade which he had attended and where he was living , after Margo talk to the parents of Quentin she goes home to her parents, who are very happy with the turn of Margo that decide to do a party to celebrate his return , in the midst of Margo with the information given by the parents of Quentin , Margo in the middle of this party she runs away without anyone noticing .
Margo after fleeing her party she goes to look for Quentin nobody knows which vehicle she was more she arrives at the doctor Quentin , have their meeting , but plans to Quentin avia said to Margo were being met, Quentin was formed with his office and in a serious relationship with a woman , after Quentin tell the whole story of how was his life and his plans were performing perfectly , Margo most needed just one night with a dinner and remember the childhood of the two to rekindle true love of both.
Quentin when back to his early morning house your girlfriend asks where did he go? with whom he was more ?, Quentin ignored her and went to sleep more actually was thinking about Margo and Margo was thinking of Quentin , the two lying in bed thinking one another.
Quentin noticed That never came to love your girlfriend More at Truth always loved a More Margo wore a paragraph your girlfriend try to forget one Margo , Margo More Never Forget conseguio . Quentin is His girlfriend have A fight and end up finishing .
The other day Quentin goes after Margo , and says she loves him and never forgot and Margo first says she loves Quentin and asks again.

-Quentin Come with me? And Quentin without thinking responds
- This time I will not make mistakes and regret , fuck all go together forever Margo I LOVE YOU


obs: se possivel Mr.Green ficaria muito agradecido e honrado se o senhor podesse retornar a respeito da história que eu fiz sobre o melhor filme do mundo, mais sei que é difícil o senhor ler mais se poder retornar eu ficaria honrado e grato, obrigado desde já Mr.Green.


Natalia Ayala Flores July 28, 2015 at 12:38 am

Good Night Mr. John Green just wanted to tell you I love his movies are great, but I hope and this question I can answer because in them the protagonists can not betogether and be happy? but let me beforehand I congratulate these great stories of True Love. I hope to meet him someday and would be happy. A hug. I hope and send a message to me, Thank You


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