Shy Quentin Jacobsen has lived next door to the sassy and adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman in their Orlando subdivision since they were two years old. As childhood friends who've since drifted apart, Quentin spends much of his high school years pining for her from afar. That is until one night when the impetuous Margo enters his bedroom window and takes him on a midnight prank-filled joyride. She then mysteriously disappears the morning after leaving only a series of cryptic clues in her wake. Quentin takes it upon himself to find her and what follows is a literary and geography-riddled road trip of a lifetime.
Anyone who's remotely familiar with John Green's writing (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines) knows he crafts wonderfully well-rounded characters, with vivid personalities and witty dialogue. Paper Towns is no exception. Self-aware teens everywhere will be able to relate to Quentin's nerdy, overly analytical tendencies and empathize with his desire to find adventure outside his boring suburban life. With an incredibly original and totally unpredictable plot, readers will be taken on a trip to places that exist well-beyond the printed page.