PAPER TOWNS by John Green

PAPER TOWNS

Age Range: 13 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Printz Medal Winner and Honoree Green knows what he does best and delivers once again with this satisfying, crowd-pleasing look at a complex, smart boy and the way he loves. Quentin (Q) has loved Margo Roth Spiegelman since they were kids riding their bikes, but after they discovered the body of a local suicide they never really spoke again. Now it’s senior year; Margo is a legend and Q isn’t even a band geek (although quirky best friends Ben and Radar are). Then Margo takes Q on a midnight adventure and disappears, leaving convoluted clues for Q. The clues lead to Margo’s physical location but also allow Q to see her as a person and not an ideal. Genuine—and genuinely funny—dialogue, a satisfyingly tangled but not unbelievable mystery and delightful secondary characters (Radar’s parents collect black Santas)—we’ve trod this territory before, but who cares when it’s this enjoyable? Lighter than Looking for Alaska (2005), deeper than An Abundance of Katherines (2006) and reminiscent of Gregory Galloway’s As Simple as Snow (2005)—a winning combination. (Mystery. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-525-47818-8
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2008




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