The Covers of Paper Towns

by John Green on April 2, 2008

So for those of you who didn’t navigate the wilds of omnictionary to find the covers of my new book, Paper Towns, which comes out on October 16th:

(I am sure that you already know this and everything, but just in case my grandparents are visiting my blog: You can click on the image to make it bigger. No, Nanny. Click on the image! Right, with the mouse!)

I am really psyched about the covers, and really psyched that there are two of them. And now, to celebrate, I will have a conversation with my 11th grade self.

Me: Hey, John.

11th Grade Self: What’s up? Other than your cholesterol, I mean. Jesus, you are possibly even fatter than the last time spoke.

Me: Right, yeah. Listen, I wanted to show you the cover of the new book, Paper Towns.

11th Grade Self: What’s it about?

Me: Orlando. Whitman. That kind of stuff.

11th Grade Self: God, I hate Whitman. He was such a tool. I’m a leaf of grass. No, wait. I am many leaves of grass. Oh, whoops. Now I’m just one leaf of grass again. I mean, come on. I could write that.

Me: No, you couldn’t. Trust me. You come around to Whitman eventually. Anyway, check out the covers.

11th Grade Self: Wait, which one is the cover?

Me: They’re both the cover. Same book, two different covers.

11th Grade Self: Dude, why not just have one freaking cover like a normal freaking book?

Me: A lot of reasons. First, because they look kind of awesome next to each other. Also, we felt like they’d each appeal to a different audience. And we wanted the cover design to be part of the book in a way it too often isn’t; we wanted it to capture the ways that this person is wrongly imagined by the people all around her.

11th Grade Self: Weird.

Me: Yes, well, it’s not unprecedented or anything.

11th Grade Self: Uh, well, I like them. I like the blue better, I guess.

Me: And I the yellow.

11th Grade Self: Hey, while I have you here, when do we really marry Sarah Urist or were you just screwing with me?

Me: We really marry her.

11th Grade Self: Christ, that’s so awesome. Now that I know she’s a chubby chaser, I think I’m gonna go hit the Taco Bell. I’ll see you later, fatty.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg June 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hey, I was wondering, are you ever going to publish ‘Paper Towns’with the cartoonish styled cover? I hate having all my John Green books looking the same except one. Really putting me off buying it.


Vicky Koukoutsika February 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

I can’t find the yellow cover anywhere and I love it! Does anyone know where I can find it??


Vicky Koukoutsika February 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

*I’m talking about the cartoon yellow one. Not the one with the girl.


Sergey August 4, 2015 at 11:18 am

На русском книга есть?


Niki August 9, 2015 at 8:05 am

I just got the book yesterday and seriously IM STUCK INTO IT …..I’m already in part 3 and I’m only reading it for maybe a day ……I just can’t stop ……love it


Alex November 21, 2015 at 2:20 am

What’s the difference between the old cover and the new cover of paper towns?


william cook February 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

love your new cover with the red push pin. Who did you use to design it?


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