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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. Do you think either one is 'correct'? Beyond the story of clueless high school boys trying to figure out girls, love, and life while dealing with a crisis, there is a deeper message for high school readers to ponder about identity and how well we ever really know anyone else. The main characters don't always make good choices one night, Q. In the end, Q. Later, when Margo disappears, Q. Kissing; a scene of teens about to have sex; and references to masturbation, penises and scrota including discussion of size of both , STDs, virginity, sex, and oral sex.

Many products and brands mentioned, including fast food, candy and snack foods, OTC medicines, energy and soft drinks, energy bars, chain stores, cars, theme parks, toys. Parents need to know that as with Green's other books, this one contains some edgy material: Two kids come across the dead body of a man who killed himself, and later Q.

Also, the very appealing main characters sneak out at night and conduct a series of pranks, involving vandalism and misdemeanors, for which there are no consequences other than a fond and amusing memory. But the characters -- and the writing -- are very sophisticated.

Readers will find references to Moby Dick , Leaves of Grass -- and be asked to think critically about identity and how well we ever really know anyone. Add your rating See all 22 parent reviews.

Add your rating See all 80 kid reviews. Quentin lives next door to Margo, the amazing, vibrant, wickedly sophisticated teen goddess of his town, with whom he has been in love since they were in elementary school. But in high school she has mostly ignored him. A few weeks before graduation, she shows up at his window, leading him on a night-long series of payback pranks, after which she disappears.

Worried that she may have committed suicide, Quentin obsessively pursues clues he thinks she has left him, involving Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, and nonexistent towns that are either failed developments or mapmakers' copyright traps.

Margo is AWOL for much of the book, and Quentin is obsessively trying to figure out what happened to her -- so it's his supportive friends who provide the reader with the humor and pure joie de vivre that makes the book fun as well as thoughtful.

Quentin's two best friends are characters in both meanings of the word: Both are band geeks; Ben is obsessed with prom, thrilled to have a date, and likes to think of himself as retro-cool he refers to girls as "honeybunnies," and Quentin is unable to convince him that it's not cool, it's just dorky.

Radar is a fanatical editor of a Wikipedia-like site, and his parents have the world's second-largest collection of black Santas. Together with Quentin, they're a pretty sweet group of teens, and readers will enjoy their journey -- and conversations.

Families can talk about edgy coming-of-age stories. Does the language or other mature content in this book seem realistic? Is there anything that is -- or should be -- off limits when it comes to books marketed to teens? John Green's characters often go on road trips. What other road trip books or movies can you think of?

Why are road trips so often a part of coming-of-age stories? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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Paper Towns by John Green tells the story of Quentin, otherwise known as Q. Q and his next door neighbor Margo used to be best friends and, as they’ve grown up and become high school seniors, they have turned into acquaintances/5(K).

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Paper Towns is truly an unforgettable book that is easily the best of the best. With no doubt I am sure it is the best book of and one /5(). Paper Towns debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. It is taught in many high school and college curricular, often in conjunction with Whitman’s Leaves .

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Sep 17,  · Edgy, compelling teen angst mystery. Read Common Sense Media's Paper Towns review, age rating, and parents guide.4/4. Paper Towns is a fantastic, interesting and unique novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was very eager to read this following how much I loved An Abundance of Katherines, and I decided that I had to.