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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one best-selling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
Number-one New York Times best seller
USA Today best seller
Publishers Weekly best seller
Now a major motion picture

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night - dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q...until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

©2008 John Green (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Green’s prose is astounding - from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths." (SLJ starred review)

"[Green’s] a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material." (Booklist starred review)

"Laugh-out-loud humor and heartfelt poignancy." (Kliatt starred review)

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The book was awesome! However, several errors on the audio recording takes away some of the excitement; the recording repeats itself on several occasions and makes you lose the flow of the story; which makes you go back and listen and re-listen until you realize the problem isn't that you're not paying attention but the recording itself. I also couldn't shake off the worry that some parts of the story were deleted from the recording due to the errors.

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  • KT
  • 07-12-20

Excellent Read!

My son is reading this book for a summer program so I thought it would be fun if I "read" it too, so we could talk about it. I expected it to be very juvenile and lame but I was pleasantly surprised! It is actually a great read! I loved the humor in the book and the suspense certainly kept me "turning the pages!" I would recommend this book to everyone!

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Loved this voice

I had not read a John Green book since The Fault in Our Stars and I loved this one just as much. Very developed characters and exciting plot! Great voice!

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Everyone should know a Margo

i evjoywd this fictional story. i originally heard from John Green in his podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. It is a masterful piece of art. If you like this story, you will love the podcast, but enough of that. This story has a Margo, an adventurous spirit of a person who tugs on the lives of others - though perhaps somewhat unknowningly. It reminds me of a girl I knew some years back of her adventurous spirit which people would simply gravitate around getting caught up in her excitement for life. Everyone should do one such road trip. Everyone should either have such a Margo moment, even if for a weekend, or a Margo friend.

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was okay not great

this is a short book, but I feel like it could of been a lot shorter. lots of unnecessary filler.

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goooood

the bar narrator knew how to keep your attention by switching voices and making the story pop out at you

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Great beginning!

I liked it but it loses steam about halfway through. Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down and Will Grayson, Will Grayson were probably better but I did enjoy this one quite a bit.

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Great but problems with the audio

The book iş really great in both story and underlining ideas. For some reason parts of the audio read twice, like when you're tired and read the same line twice. IT only happens like three times and i'm still not süre whether it adds something or takes away, but it's really just a minor nuance in the scope of the entire story.

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You'll never know if you don't go

Coming of age, a mystery and a romance all in one? John Green has got your back.

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Most relatable and captivating books

One of the most amazing books I've had the pleasure of listening to or reading. It was captivating and wonderful, I listened to it every chance I got. Amazing beginning and a spectacular ending. I have never had the pleasure of reading a book that made me feel so connected to the characters, I feel like I knew them.

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  • Jana-Gaye Taylor
  • 12-20-20

Worth it

Loved to move so much that I decide to read the novel and to my surprise, it's even better than the movie

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  • Danielle/Maddie Tischer
  • 08-19-20

This was a GREAT book!

I listened to the book and followed along in the actual book which was fun! I watched the movie afterwards which was not even close to the book so don't waste your time on the movie. I really loved the book though.

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  • daniel ralph
  • 02-01-20

Wow

Loved it but a bit disappointed with the end what a shame it ended like that

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  • Carrie Osmo
  • 04-02-20

worth listening too

not the best of John Green's novels though still worth the listen. moments of great insight. as a grandmother I do really appreciate the authors insight into the young. having to come to terms with the third generation of young adults all insights are appreciated.
thank you older brother Green.