John Green’s Award Winning Third Novel

Taking place in Orlando, Florida – in a small subdivision called Jefferson Park, Paper Towns is a story of how a random night of (hardly) innocent, adolescent fun and mischief will turn into the narrator, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen’s biggest adventure yet.

Margo, Not-so-Girl-Next-Door

Q, the narrator, and his neighbor not-so girl-next-door, Margo Roth Spiegelman, have known each other since they were children. A friendship that should’ve been solidified by one fateful instance when the two discover the body of a man who committed suicide, the two drifted far apart and ended up barely speaking to each other come high school. But all of this changes one night when Margo decides to drop by unannounced, dressed like a ninja, convincing Q to sneak out – basically, drive her around town, while she exacts revenge on the people who have wronged her.

Finding Margo

The night of spontaneous adventure ends when Q and Margo break into Seaworld and discover, much to their disappointment, that none of the animals are in their showcases. The two return to their respective homes close to morning and Q wonders if all will go back to normal in school. Would Margo start hanging out with him and his friends? Or will things go back to the way they were before they met?

Much to Q’s surprise, Margo does not return to school and after three days her parents file a missing person report. Unfortunately, Margo has a track record of running away so Margo’s parents are more frustrated than worried and brush it off as their daughter seeking attention.

Not until Q notices a poster taped to the back of Margo’s shades – and a couple other clues that makes him believe Margo has been hiding her depression behind a rebellious mask and could be contemplating on taking her own life – does he take the matter into his own hands, and with the help of his friends go on a search for the missing Margo – and eventually find much more than what they were looking for.

An Edgar Award (2009) Awardee, Paper Towns is John Green’s third novel – and one of his most successful and acclaimed ones to date. It is available in all leading bookstores all over the world, in paperback and hardbound – but now, also you can also get paper towns audiobook as a free download by visiting or you can purchase as an e-book on electronic reading platforms like Kindle.