- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Latest Edition edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789384898403
- ISBN-13: 978-9384898403
- ASIN: 9384898406
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Paper Towns Unknown Binding – 2001
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|Unknown Binding, 2001||
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1 . The book is a soft cover one and is of Good quality the pages are also nicely carved and feels premium
2. If u r doubting about the story then do buy this for sure because this book is awesome seriously
3. I have original copy too but both this and that original one have the same thing
If in doubt whether to read this book or not, just go for it!
Really well packed and the story according to me is one of the best romantic novels you gonna find for this decade and it's a must read for teens
P.S-Don't go for it if you are not really into heavy literature and metaphors and poetry kind of stuff.
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I like the fact that this novel was written from Q's point of view because I really could identify with Q as a character. Yes, I did find myself judging him for his kind of obsessive nature when it came to Margo and the parallel's between his search for Margo and the novel Moby Dick that he is reading in class are really quite accurate but I respected the fact that a he had always been a good student and wanted to remain that way but he was torn between staying that 'ideal student' and following his heart/his friends. I thought the characters of Ben and Radar were seriously funny and I really enjoyed reading about them as much as I did Q! Margo, on the other hand, I wasn't so taken with. I felt she was a little attention seeking almost at the same time as she was trying not to be attention seeking but I thought her character worked really well as the yang to Q's ying!
I really liked the fact that this novel was set in Orlando becaus I could picture some of the areas they were talking about and visiting and there have been so many movies that are set in 'upstate New York' that I could picture there too so I really liked the setting of this book. And of course, being written by John Green, there is some beautiful description, no matter where the setting or what the situation the character are in. As far as young adult books go, this can be enjoyed on so many levels that I am sure, no matter what the audience, any reader will be able to get something from this young or more mature. It is definitely a coming of age novel, it is funny and there are some seriously good life observations contained with tin it's pages. I so enjoyed this reading experience and now I can't wait to see the film and see it do justice to this great novel.
While I did not find Q relatable on a personal level, I could see how he might be to many teenagers.
I found Q's obsession with Margo to be particularly interesting as it mirrors the way that people, teenagers in particular, put the people they like on pedestals. I would have liked the novel to put a bit more emphasis on the fact that this behaviour is unhealthy.
The themes, pacing and writing style made for an extremely enjoyable read. The road trip was my favourite part.
The start was promising. I enjoyed the sort of coming of age journey that Margo inflicted on the very square Quentin. Watching him develop and grow, which is enjoyable throughout the book, but I wasn't completely convinced as the true plot was introduced. At times I felt I had to endure as I really did want to find out how the story would conclude.
However, John Green has proved that yet again he is a very talented and unique writer. He's happy to explore alternatives in story endings, not always one to have a conventional and happy ending. His command of the English language and his story writing technique is a refreshing change and he often provides thought provoking ideas and quotes.
Although I started by comparing this book to a former book, I'd say that people should treat it completely different and appreciate, yet again, what a good piece of writing looks like.
The writing and the rest of the characters, however, completely make up for my hatred of Margo Roth Spiegelman. Full of the brilliant, easy-to-read prose that made me fall in love with The Fault In Our Stars, John Green has once again written a book that people everywhere can relate to and enjoy.
I've heard criticism before that John Greens books tend to be the same unbelievable teenage romances re written. While there might be a slight truth in this there is something a bit clever that keeps me reading (even at 22).
What is that "clever" ?....
I think the interesting facts, before this I had no idea what a paper town was and had never heard of Walt Whitman. I like the way it says something about society too the way we put up a facade and rarely let people see through the cracks to really know us.
I've also heard it said the endings disappointing. I felt the opposite the ending stopped it just being a teenage romance and gave it a twist. Life's complex and sometimes when you do find someone to see through the cracks you can't always stay together.
I loved the storyline and the normality of it all at first. Just a boy who’s in love with a girl, a couple of goofy best friends and the general banter boys that age have but then John leads us down a completely different path of both normal and abnormal. The book was structured in 3 parts; Part 1: The Strings. Which occurred before Margo went missing. This is the chapter where she takes Q on the all-night road trip and where you learn a lot about Margo. Part 2: The Grass. This is where she’s gone missing and when Q and his friends have found the clues she left. The final part is called The Vessel and this section is set out in hours e.g. hour 1, hour 2 and this is the final part of their journey. It was an unusual set-up but I loved it and each section focuses on a different theme and you see Q change throughout. Q was a great main character. He was dorky and sweet and the kind of boy you’d want to be friends with. I found myself picturing Logan Lerman in my head as Q because I felt he had some of the same traits as Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower but he was a lot more sociable and confident. Margo was such a dominant character but she wasn’t even physically present in about 75% of the book. I loved that even though she wasn’t there, the whole story and everything in it revolved around her.
John Green really gets it down to a T, the way in which some young people think and talk, their dreams and desires and the way they see the world. John’s work has been criticised for the way in which the young characters in his books think isn’t realistic and they don’t actually think these things but they do, because I do and although not all young people may feel the same and may not think the same I completely understand Q’s thought process, John’s narrative and Margo’s need and desire to run away. I absolutely loved the whole, ‘paper towns’ idea but when you really think about it, it’s absolutely right. It definitely varies throughout the book but the literal meaning of a paper town is when mapmakers will insert fake places (called paper towns) onto their maps to make sure no one is copying their maps but it’s the thought of creating something that other people want to make real, which resembles Margo and Qs perception of Margo in the book. This book very much relies on hidden meanings but when you get to the bottom of those meanings, it’s beautiful. I always find it so difficult to review John Green’s books and worry that I’m not doing them the justice they deserve but this book was outstanding. I truly could not put it down and the whole idea, the characters, the story was perfect in every way possible. It was full of memorable and relatable quotes and John really makes you look at things completely differently. He is slowly becoming one of my upmost favourite authors and I could read and live in the stories he creates forever.
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It's essentially a teen romance story, but this is by no means the main plot line and is only really apparent at the end of the book. It follows Quentin; an average teenager in his Senior year of high school, who is in awe of and slightly in love with, his childhood friend Margo who leads a somewhat more exciting life. The monotony of Quentin's life is interrupted when Margo appears at his window one night and takes him on her revenge mission, which was my favourite part of the book. There was no way I could put the book down mid-night time escapade. Then Margo disappears. This is not unusual for Margo, but Quentin suspects this isn't like all the other times and sets out on his own mission to find her with the help of his quirky band geek friends.
A reasonably predictable ending, although not necessarily a happy one.
I really enjoyed John Green's writing style and refreshing take on a teenage romance so 'Looking for Alaska' is next on my list and I'll also be giving 'The Fault in Our Stars' another go!
I enjoyed the story of Q and Margo, the clues that Margo left were inventive and intelligent, I enjoyed reading how Q, Radar and Ben solved them. The relationship between the 3 boys was highlighted well, right down to the relentless bantering which seems to occur between boys/men (I have two brothers and I am always surprised at how they and their friends speak to each other), especially to Radar and his parents choice of collectables.
I liked Margo too, she was mysterious and seem to have different faces for different people and the struggles with her parents who did not understand her, while Q's parents are very supportive and understood him but at the same time, they do not 'get' him, they love him, which I think was what Margo needed to be shown more by her parents and they did not not show her, seeing her more as an attentive seeker, which I found a pity.
I enjoyed 'Paper Towns' and as with the previous book I read by John Green, 'The Fault In Our Stars' I will read it again.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
I was initially attracted to the beautiful cover art of this novel. I'm a sucker for a good cover and this one really caught my eye. Plus, I fancied an indulgent Young Adult novel, something that would suck me in and keep me absorbed. This was exactly what I wanted.
Quentin "Q" Jacobsen is mere weeks away from graduating High School. He's got a place at a decent College lined up and his life seems to be on-track, well as much as it can be when you're eighteen years old and trying desperately to avoid the horrors of your High School Prom. And then one night, the mysterious and beautiful Margo Roth Spiegelman, the next door neighbour he's loved since he was a child, waltzes in through his bedroom window and whisks him off on a tour of the neighbourhood to complete a series of pranks she has lined up for her cheating boyfriend and his entourage.
And then, just like that, Margo is gone. She doesn't turn up for school the next day or the day after that. There is no note, no phone call, no explanation whatsoever. Margo has simply vanished, leaving a trail of mystery behind her. Knowing that on previous escapes from her suburban life, Margo has left clues as to her whereabouts (the letters M, S, P, and I left uneaten in a bowl of Alphabet Soup), Q and his friends begin a search of Margo's life for any possible clues.
But when it comes down to it, did Margo really want to be found? Did she really expect Q to find her? And just who is Margo anyway? As he creeps around her life, following the paper trail that Margo has left for him, Q begins to doubt that he ever knew the real Margo, the Margo she is inside her heart. And as he gets closer to finding her, he must reconcile the two version of Margo Roth Spiegelman and what they mean to him.
This was a beautiful, deep read. Once again, and I know it's a theme with the Young Adult titles I'm reading lately, I really wish this novel had been around when I was a teenager myself. The characters are exquisite, especially Margo, who is secretly the girl I wanted to be at eighteen and failed. And the idea of paper towns is cleverly worked into the plot and imbued with such subtle meaning (I don't want to go into detail on what paper towns are because it's a crucial plot point and I hate spoilers!). I adored this book and want to re-read it, want to see if there are any little details I missed, or cleverly inserted foreshadowing that would be identified only on a second read.
If you like a cute little mystery and 3D characters that will stay in your mind, then check this out. You won't be disappointed.