He eventually decides that the only way to ind Margo is to understand who she is. Eventually he figures out that a paper town is a false city on a map that cartographers once used to detect copycats. Margo had left for the paper town of Algoe, New York. Part III begins the night of graduation when Quentin grabs his friends to leave on an intense, twenty-one hour road trip from Orlando to upstate Agloe.
When they reach Agloe, they find Margo in an old barn, writing. After fighting furiously about Margo's apparent selfishness for leaving, Ben, Radar, and Lacey storm out. Quentin and Margo learn that they had idealized one another and love each other. However, they both realize with regret that their love was based in falsehood, in being a "paper boy" and a "paper girl.
Quentin, however, does not give up on Margo. They admit their romantic affections for one another but realize that their values must inevitably lead them to separate futures. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights Paper Towns from BookRags. Get Paper Towns from Amazon. View the Study Pack. View the Lesson Plans. Order our Paper Towns Study Guide. The Strings, Chapters Part One, Chapters The Grass, Chapter When it was the opposite in the book?
I didn't understand this change. It was unnecessary and it didn't add anything to the plot. But, to sum it up, the movie was a good enough adaptation for this book. But I didn't like it. Because I didn't like the book. In conclusion, this book was a nightmare for me, from start to finish. I didn't earn anything from this book, not lessons, not a new ship, not new favorite characters, nothing.
I just wanted it to end. I know it's a popular book and I'm very sorry for this negative review, but not all books are for everyone.
And till the next one View all 45 comments. Jessica The Bookish Teacher I couldn't agree more with your review! Sep 09, Maria Jessica The Bookish Teacher wrote: I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns. I am a big fan of John Green but found this book plodding and boring. I hated the Margo character and thought that Q was a big whiner.
His obsession with Margo, who he didn't really even know, was really annoying. I realize that this was one of the messages of the book, that we all assign traits and "personalities" to people we hardly know, but it was still hard to take, page after page. I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns.
I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd fighter" and would give just about anything to see him in public, but can't give Paper Towns more than 2 stars. View all 31 comments. Teens finding their way. Recommended to Lhara by: Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating. It had the same geeky male character. The same kooky aka annoying female character. The same male best friend. And whilst this was okay in LFA, reading the same characters again was annoying!
And it seemed like they were on the same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a di Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating. And it seemed like they were on the same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a divergence in the second half.
Also, I just found elements of this book preposterous. Considering she has no troubles at home, there doesn't seem to be a strong enough reason for an eighteen year old to suddenly decide to run away except that oh, she's oh-so-kooky and larger than life and a small-town girl etc etc. John Green explains why she does, but I still have trouble accepting it.
To me, she only did it because she was self-centred and looking for attention. I didn't feel anything for her character. Q was also really annoying, pining for a girl he barely knows, instead in love with her from the friendship they had as a child, rather than the girl she is today.
I'm willing to bet all my money which is not much that John Green bases the male protagonist on himself, and that the female character is the type of character he fancied at school, and it sort of plays like he's the dorky, awkward girl in love with the popular, unattainable boy. Q's need to abandon everything to find this girl who, btw, never showed any sign of affection before their pranks together , is entirely self-indulgent and illogical.
And whilst at times he sounded like a teenage boy, other times he sounded a decade or two older. The fact that his friends also decide to follow him on a road-trip to find her doesn't make sense. They do it on graduation day. Why would anyone ditch graduation which they seemed to look forward to to find a girl who a doesn't want to be found and b they don't even like?
Everybody loves a roadtrip, sure. But these are limits. These implausibilities made this book really hard to finish. And I feel he really needs to branch out a bit more. His other book, The Fault in the Stars, apparently has the same characters in it too. A sign of a good writer is their ability to be original, and surely he yearns to write about different types of characters?
Also, John needs to have a more interesting plot, where things actually happen, rather than nothing much happening except for a lot of musings. I used to watch YT clips of John and really liked him, so his books are a bit of a let down in comparison. I really do hope he writes something more creative with fresh characters , because he has got talent - he just needs to push himself more.
View all 25 comments. Unexpected in many ways but still quite a ride! How well do we know the other people? How well do we know our neighbors? How well do we know our own close friends? How well do we know our first crush? But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all. And even if they turn out not to be what we wish, reality is always better than an illusion.
That blanket still smelled like you. Still, we should be always brave enough to meet the real person and accept them for what they are.
Even if they appear in the middle of the night at your window asking to join them in a wacky adventure. What is life without some wacky adventure once and then?
We are owners of our own lives, and we should be brave enough to understand what we need to do and not looking for easy exits. We can live the lives that others expected, because if so, we would be ending living other lives than our own. Always a wise advice should be well received, a friendly tip, but at the end, we must forge our own lives, since only us would be guilty of a sad existence or recipents of a happy lifetime.
Our personal decisions can affect others. The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Life itself is a miracle and we must honored it doing something good with our lives. But keeping our eyes open since you never know when a wonderful miracle would enter in our lives.
Update July 26th, I watched the film adaptation last Thursday, and I liked it a lot. In fact, I think that the movie has a better tempo to tell the events. There are some missing stuff but nothing so relevant.
The really important elements in the general story are there. Also, the cast of actress Cara Delevingne was the right one to give life to the very complicated character of "Margo Roth Spiegelman". I think that the movie is adequate to tell the same message but giving a better light to the character of Margo Roth Spiegelman that if you don't get what the author wanted to tell in the story, it's quite easy to fall in the road of not liking her. View all 64 comments. Aug 30, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme: Awkward funny charismatic good looking fit main character who somehow is a looser.
The hot popular girl who he is forever in love. A weird funny bestfriend who gets in trouble. Everything happening in the last 2 weeks of high school. Quotes that every teenage tumblr girl has in their blog description. Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to yo This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme: Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to you.
View all 7 comments. Aug 31, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why there are people out there comparing this with Looking for Alaska. I am not going to linger on the comparisons between those two because 1 I never liked Looking for Alaska, 2 I never even finished Looking for Alaska and 3 I thought this book was original enough not to find it some twin brother or sister.
I am such an easy target. I am the easiest of targets when it comes to writing style. Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears with clues behind so smart people can track her. Quentin, a smart and bewitched-by-Margo person, makes it his life quest to find the dear disappearing love of his life and, with the help of his friends, Q embarks on an adventure like never before!
I make it all sound very dramatic, but the thing is that it IS extremely dramatic for Q and the story overall pretty intense. I adore this one message among many others that I extracted from the story: I very much anticipated the denouement… the moment of revelation… the ending, because this is the type of story that you know would surprise you with the truth.
View all 38 comments. Jun 19, Inge marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: I quite liked the banter between Q and his friends, but I could not stand another word about that damn Margo Roth Spiegelman. Oh, and then she disappears. Who was a self-centred twatwaffle. Give me a break. Life is too short to spend one more fuck on Margo Roth Spiegelman. Inge has zero fucks. At the end of the day, Inge still has zero fucks. How many fucks did Inge give that day? Ya estaba yo poniendo los ojos en blanco, porque oH GOD.
Jun 06, Christine Delilah Maramochabooks rated it liked it. Typical unpopular boy with an ordinary boring as bread life. Mysterious Margo then disappears, because, I don't know, her life's fake or something.
Our kid with 2. Our kid with his equally dull friends go on a road trip to find Mystical Margo. You know that basic song that goes: Just imagine that, but a guy taking it to another level. So I understand what John Green was trying to do: I love that message, it's great. What I didn't like were the dull characters, especially the main one. He definitely was obsessed with Margo and the way it played out on the pages was annoying. I don't want to hear about how amazing someone is in every single chapter.
I didn't even like Margo, she just seemed to think herself as above everyone. In my opinion leaving and letting people think you commit suicide is a pretty indecent thing to do. This was probably a good demonstration of how we sometimes think of life as a game.
It isn't about being the most mysterious or having more adventures than someone else, it's about being authentic. Be who you are and don't expect others to be the same. Another thing I'd like to mention is that there's certainly consequences to just disappearing or breaking in. I don't know if I'd even recommend this to a younger audience since I sincerely wouldn't want anyone taking pointers from Margo. One thing I have to mention is that John Green knows how to write.
His characters have never been for me, but the philosophical aspect is always interesting. Having a couple really highlights the story and makes you go: But having one in every chapter, is more like: A quick reminder for anyone and especially young readers, is that wanting to project yourself as something doesn't make you become that. If you desire to make yourself seem like a mystery, it doesn't mean you're a mystery. You're a person and it's wrong for even you to see yourself as something less or more than that.
It's amazing to have adventures, it just doesn't define you. I've learned that once you stop seeing things the way other people do, you'll learn how to open your eyes to your own perspective.
I appreciate the message of the story, just not the plot in general. Cara appreciation, shout out to her for having great eyebrows P. What's your favourite John Green novel? View all 77 comments. I could NOT put it down. It's funny and mysterious and just so real. View all 11 comments. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world Leaving feels too good, once you leave.
Some people take their time into actually doing it. They spent much time planning and scheming on how they should gloriously plow into life. There are some who tried "It's so hard to leave-until you leave. There are some who tried a few times before succeeding, by accepting that their heavy butts are beginning to be a burden to their family and to the economy. My dear nephew, Jaff, calls it emancipation.
They should be equipped, so as not to become scattered dandelions, gliding aimlessly waiting where the wind will blow them. Unfortunately for Margo, she has uninspired parents to motivate her. They are like the paper cut-outs Margo described, who boxed themselves inside this very peculiar thing called normal life.
They regard Margo's actions as rebellion. But all this is unknown to her family and friends. All her life, she has coated herself with a shell of Margo Stuff - the cool ones. It then became difficult for her to remove her coating and be herself. So the only option is to leave it all behind. But there is still one string attached to this papergirl — Quentin Jacobsen. She wants Q to know her; understand her; love her for who she is inside, no matter how crooked and unreasonable that Margo may be.
Little did he know that this journey will not only lead him to Margo, but discover the Margo hiding within too. Thus, making him aware of his own capabilities and weaknesses. Knowing that he will succeed in finding his place in the world someday soon. This book gets you to think about the idea of a person and the actual being of a person.
Because, of course, it is rather unfair to be thought of as just a mere idea. My favorite part is the Vessel. I had fun with this; I do hope you will too. View all 18 comments. Dec 30, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: This sort of read is off the beaten track for me, non-fantasy YA-ish literature. That said, it's amazingly well-written, and I enjoyed it immensely. John Green is an amazing author, and he writes with a delicacy I admire and envy.
This book, was sweet and light and heartbreaking and true. It's the sort of book I'll never be able to write Highly recommended for anyone. View all 5 comments. This book truly had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. The book was broken into 3 parts, and I honestly felt completely different about each of them. The first part of this book was brilliant. It was a lovely introduction to the characters, and their life as high school seniors. It has had a flashback which was a fun scene.
The whole part with Q and Margo out at night was amazing. It was suspenseful and quite fun to read about those antics. We really This book truly had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. We really got a sense of how far Q would go to impress this girl, although I never really understood why he liked her so much in the first place. Not that there was anything wrong with Margo, but they went years without talking and still he's obsessed.
The second part of this book just dragged a bit for me. After the first little shocker of the "smelling death" incident it really seemed to slow down a lot. Firstly, I think too much emphasis was put on prom and preparation for something that was really a non-event for the main characters in the end. I just got tired of hearing about prom after so long. Also, finding her just seemed to get monotonous, but that might well be because I'm impatient so don't worry about that!
I felt the ending was pretty anticlimactic. It was all leading up until they find her, right? I'm not going to lie I'm a sucker for drama and tragedy, but I wasn't necessarily hoping they would have found her dead in a shack, having committed suicide.
After all of the talk about that I feel that would have been too obvious. I don't know I just finished the book and was like hmm that's the end? I love John's writing, and I adore his characters. I love how it ended solely because he keeps his characters genuine and true to themselves. He didn't portray them a certain way and then, at the end, abandon that and have them hook up anyway even though it wasn't best. So yes, I'm glad they went their separate ways. View all 16 comments.
Spoilers This was disappointing. I really don't know what the big deal is about John Green. Sure, The Fault in Our Stars was good but it was hardly a masterpiece and all his other books seem average at best. Why does he get so much love? Is it because he's a guy? I've noticed that most people tend to give men praise and credit even when it's not deserved whilst the opposite is true for women.
I honestly don't think John Green deserves all the fan love and respect he gets — his books are nothing Spoilers This was disappointing. I honestly don't think John Green deserves all the fan love and respect he gets — his books are nothing special. I didn't enjoy Paper Towns all that much. The plot, the characters, the pacing and the writing were all mediocre. Paper Towns was divided into three parts: Naturally, the girl Margo that geeky Quentin's been in love with for years is someone he hasn't talked to since he was a child and someone who just so happens to be beautiful, mysterious and popular.
Hmm… Isn't it every nerdy guy's wish to get the attention of the beautiful girl? Sure, there's the girls who think they're ugly but in actual fact are beautiful that get the fit guy and there's also the plain girl who gets a sexy makeover that gets the guy.
But where the hell are the genuinely plain geeky girls that gets the sexy bad boy? Double standards, will they ever end? Anyway, Margo wants to get back at her boyfriend and friend for cheating on her. I thought Margo would be some crazy badass but she wasn't. Quentin was even worse than Margo, he was scared about every little thing and Margo had to keep pushing him to loosen up and have some fun. I did like the role reversal — it's usually the heroine that's cautious and uptight until the hero struts into her life and makes her do crazy things.
So yea, points for that. I thought Margo's revenge would be cool but it wasn't — it was the lamest revenge ever. Quentin worries and then worries some more and then keeps worrying. Margo leaves obscure clues to her whereabouts and Quentin becomes obsessed with them. He forces his friends Ben the loser and Radar the token black guy to help him find her. So yea, Quentin just goes back and forth visiting different places trying to find his pwecious Margo.
In between looking for her, he gets all deep and profound about people and how they act and who they truly are. It read like an 'after school special'. Quentin and co miss their graduation and drive a really long way to find Margo. This was the most boring part of the book — it was just a long journey that involved Ben pissing, Radar being the token black guy, Lacey being the token female, and Quentin being a boring douche.
The ending was really anticlimactic… The whole mystery of Margo was less a mystery and more a mess. Quentin was a dull and charmless character. Ben was irritating — especially when he kept calling girls 'hunnybunnies'. I scoffed when he started dating Lacey - it just wasn't believable that someone like Lacey would date a lame loser like Ben. Radar and Lacey were the only likeable characters. Yea, Lacey was a cow at times but she was one of the good cows. Was I meant to care about Margo? I could have liked Margo if her problems weren't so lame… Yea, I'm sure some people would think she had a difficult life but to me she had it easy… Even with her cheating boyfriend and distant parents she had a pretty great life.
All in all, I wasn't impressed. The plot was weak and I couldn't relate to Quentin or his pathetic infatuation with Margo. View all 71 comments. Paper Towns Let's go back to March I bought The Fault in Our Stars, which had been getting rave reviews, causing me to make a fool of myself in public by jumping up and down in my local bookshop when I discovered I was holding a signed copy. Don't worry, they're more than used to my behaviour by now.
I read it in the space of two days, and promptly had a crying fit so hard that I could have flooded the area where I live. Which is atop a very steep hill. This sob-fest was unparalleled un Paper Towns Let's go back to March This sob-fest was unparalleled until I finished Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy, during which I fell asleep crying, then woke up to find my head resting on a very soggy pillow, and a hollow, empty feeling deep down inside that made me want to have a crying fit all over again.
But enough about me blubbering over books. Let's go back to blathering on about them, shall we? In July, I found that my five-county library service stocked three John Green books. I'd just have to wait for them to come in, and slowly wade my way through them as they trickled into my home away from home and funnily enough, my workplace. The first book I received was Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was a very cute story about two boys who share the same name, and wind up meeting each other, finding love, and putting on a musical.
The story itself was quite sincerely told, but it didn't strike the right chord for me, hence why I'd give it 3.
Then I moved on to Looking for Alaska about a month later, and this one, I thoroughly enjoyed. It made me think, the love story was quite sweet, and I really loved Alaska as a character. She may have been a bit self-centred, but she was at least fun to read. Now, for the final one that arrived, wrapped in an old envelope and rubber band with my surname scrawled on it - Paper Towns. So, let's stop dithering and take a look at Paper Towns.
It is around this point I should mention that when reading, my mind should not be wandering off and creating a drinking game for the John Green books I have read. The rules will be revealed at the end of this review. Paper Towns certainly had me hooked within the first ten pages, which consists of a childhood flashback to our two main characters, Quentin and Margo, discovering a corpse in their local park. We then jump into a time skip though preferably not the dumpster kind , where Margo and Quentin are at high school.
Quentin is a band geek, and Margo flits around the popular kids, but happens to have a touch of eccentricity about her.
She runs away from home, plays pranks, and likes leaving riddles whenever she goes off on one of her escapades. So, imagine Quentin's confusion when Margo enlists him and the use of his driving skills to play a series of pranks on the kids in the popular crowd.
This takes up about I never quite clicked with Quentin or his friends, and so the investigation portion fell really flat for me. Margo also felt a lot like a plot device at certain points, rather than a character with a fleshed out personality. So, with all this negativity I have spewed thus far about Paper Towns and certain other John Green books I didn't enjoy , are there any good parts to Paper Towns?
Well, there is that 70 or so page romp through the suburbs, playing pranks that become sillier and sillier as the night draws on, and the ending actually nicely subverts the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Yes, Margo is actually revealed to be not as batty as rumour would have it, and her MPDG-ness is all just embellishments tacked onto her by school friends and Quentin's own delusions about how cool Margo is.
It is to that, I truly doff my cap. Margo thankfully became more likeable towards the end. Now, as promised, here is the patented John Green drinking game. The words 'bro', 'awesome', 'dude', or Internet vernacular come up. There is a reference to classical literature or poetry.
Indie bands, whether real or made up for the novel, are referenced. Not just indie bands, actually — any kind of older music. Our main character is an awkward teenage boy. Our main character is a miserable teenage boy. Our main character's friends are also dumb teenage boys, one of whom is a regular Casanova, and the other is a support crutch. Instant messaging is used. Things are listed like this: Also, the drinking game is always open to suggestion.
Have fun, though I am in no way liable for any alcohol-related injuries or illnesses if you so choose to play this drinking game whilst reading all of John Green's novels in one go.
Apr 02, Kai rated it it was ok Shelves: The revenge trip was fun, and so was discovering the first few clues about Margo's disappearance. The rest was one long bore. Even more so, Q was a plain not to say utterly boring protagonist. A stereotypical high school boy. I expected so much and got basically nothing. Find more of my books on Instagram A bit of a confession, some of which I've never actually told anyone or said out loud before, but which I now share with the internets.
In the interest of full disclosure, in high school I wasn't popular at all. If there were a popularity graph plotting popularity that looked like this: It wasn't that I was a pariah of some sort who was generally looked down on, I wasn't harassed by jocks or made to suffer any unnecessary indignities, I was an absolute non-entity.
I had no friends, no enemies, 1. I had no friends, no enemies, I wasn't a part of anything. I was just there hating every moment of high school 2. So, unlike the character in this and pretty much every other book ever written about high school no awkwardly funny side-kicks here not even a little circle of close but good friends. But, like the character in this book, I was a clumsy shy dork who was totally infatuated with a girl who the could be described as cute, awesome and badass.
By a series of actions of my part that the adult me sees as uber-creepy and stalkerish, but which at the time I thought was somehow appropriate and which is too embarrassing to share in the details, I asked her out in what she might not have known was meant as a date, and she said yes and we started to hang out and became really good friends over the next couple of months. I'm sure she realized, but I'm not actually sure, that I had a gigantic crush on her but nothing ever happened in that direction.
Instead she started dating some other guy right around the time I got to know her and I became really good friends with both of them. Like the character in the book, the girl who I had this gigantic crush on and who was unintentionally making me a 'cooler' person just by spending time with her and her friends, she disappeared soon before I graduated from high school. Like most people, when I think something is sort of about me, even though rationally I know it's not, I sometimes tend to like it better.
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Paper Towns Summary. Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Spiegelman, who as young children are friends, one night find the body of a man named Robert Joyner, who committed suicide in the park. Though Quentin turns to his parents, two therapists, for solace, Margo wants to investigate the man's life. Summaries. Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so .