Here's what I wrote on Goodreads.com about Paper Towns in September 2008:
I was impossibly psyched to read this book...and I didn't like it. Which was confusing as I have loved all things John Green. It wasn't anything in particular that I couldn't handle, it was just the book as a whole. I really dislike the cover(s), which did not faze me when I started reading. I am going to try this one again in October (pub date)and see how it is a second time.
Brutal! I never got around to picking it up again. And just yesterday we recieved the paperback edition, with it's huge pin. I'm still not a huge fan of either yellow or blue cover. I really DO want to give this book a proper reading soon. I mean, John Green? The man is amazing. I have his new book which will be published in the Spring, Will Grayson Will Grayson (Co-written with David Levithan), and it looks shiny and awesome.
The premise for Paper Towns is pretty cool, though. Margo is the girl next door, but also a very mysterious and possibly dangerous girl. She sneaks out at night with weird missions, hauling her smitten neighbour with her, Quentin. Margo sounds a little like Alaska from Looking for Alaska: this girl with a wildness to her, like she could do anything at any time. Then when Margo disappears after a long night of strange errands, Quentin searches for the answers.
I loved Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katharines, so I should really give a proper read to Paper Towns.