Paper Towns

Book: Paper Townspaper towns cover

Author: John Green

Pages: 320 (Paperback)

Genre: Young Adult Novel

Age Recommendation: 13+

Published: 19/12/2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

ISBN: 9781408848180



“The town was paper, but the memories were not.” 

Paper Towns is a coming of age story written by John Green. Quentin has always loved Margo Roth Spiegleman. Margo is well known for her love of adventure and mystery and one night, she decides to climb through Quentin’s window and invites him to join her on an all-night road trip of revenge. However when Margo goes missing, Q discovers that she has left a series of clues for him in her disappearance. The problem is as he gets deeper into the mystery and finds himself in another amazing road trip across America; he becomes unsure as to who and what he is actually looking for.


Paper Towns is another incredible story written by John Green, it might also be my favourite! (I can never choose between this one and Looking For Alaska…)First of all, just like his other books, this story is written in first person. This is really great for me because I love reading books from the characters point of view – I find it so much easier to read and I feel so much closer to the characters involved that I can’t put the book down. The characters in the story are brilliant. Q is an excellent protagonist. He is funny, caring and dedicated and I just loved reading from his POV.  Like all of John Green’s characters he is also intelligent so you can learn quite a bit from his adventure. Margo is also an incredible character. She is intelligent and a deep thinker. She dreams of adventure and sees through the materialistic city that she lives in. She can be a little frustrating at times but she is a mystery and that is what Q likes about her – for Q’s sake, you just hope she turns up. The key thing I really love about this story though is the mystery of it. The whole book is an adventure and I just wanted it to go on forever. It is also really funny. All of John Green’s books make me laugh but this book is hilarious. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a serious side, it wouldn’t be a John Green novel if it didn’t. It is all well balanced though – it ends up being like a teen movie with an edge of mystery. I am sooo excited for the movie. If you have read and enjoyed any of John Green’s work or books such as The Spectacular Now or The Perks of Being a Wallflower I really can’t express enough that you really should give this book a chance. You won’t regret it.


Film Adaption: Paper Towns will be released July 31st 2015. Nat Wolff from The Fault in Our Stars will be starring as Q and John Green is an executive producer for the film.

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