Paper Towns is an October 2008 young adult novel. It is award-winning YA author John Green's third novel. The paperback edition was released in September 2009.
High school senior Quentin Jacobsen (known to his friends as "Q") has been in love with his neighbor, the mysterious, beautiful, and adventuresome Margo Roth Spiegelman for as long as he can remember. So when one night she appears at his window to ask for his help in playing revenge pranks, he can't refuse. The two travel to Margo's ex-friend Becca's house, where Margo's boyfriend is cheating on her, along with her boyfriend's house, the house of an old bully, and Sea World, where Margo and Q dance together to an old song playing on the loudspeaker. At the end of the night, Margo leaves Q with a hug and says "I. Will. Miss. Hanging. Out. With. You."
The next day at school, Q is hardly surprised that Margo isn't there. But when no one sees her for days, Q and his friends Radar and Ben begin searching for the clues Margo had left for Q with the help of Margo's best friend, Lacey. Based on the clues Margo left behind, Q, Radar, Ben, and Lacey try to find her
Paper Towns has been optioned to be made into a feature film, and Green completed a draft of the screenplay. It was announced during an April 2, 2010 live chat that the movie would likely not be made do to creative differences.
The original hardback of Paper Towns was release with two covers, one of an image of character Margo looking cheerful and content on a yellow background, the other of her looking angry and disillusioned on a dark blue background. Many nerdfighters purchased both, and John and Hank popularized the "Margo sandwich," consisting of holding up both books on each side of one's face for a picture or video.