First, what the heck is Paper Towns? It’s a brand new book (released last Friday) by a certain Mr. John Green, author of young adult fiction and along with his brother, Hank, is a NerdFighter.
Although it’s aimed at the teen/early 20s crowd, older readers like me seem to like it. (I have not finished reading it yet, but have enjoyed it a lot so far). Takes place in Orlando, Florida and is about a teen boy named Quentin, aka Q, and his friendship with Margo Roth Spiegelman.
So here’s how I bought my copy:
I’ve known about this book since John read parts of it on his and Hank’s YouTube channel. And when it came time for the release of the book, I was determined to go and get me a copy. I went to the local used book store where they also carry new books in the hopes they would have it. I asked the lady behind the counter if they had it. She wasn’t familiar with it, looked it up and said it would not get there until the next Tuesday.
I talked to her and another woman behind the counter about the book, who wrote it, and that he grew up in Orlando and that the book also takes place in Orlando. They certainly seemed interested in the book and after chatting a bit more, I left. A bit disheartened that I did not get it but glad that I was able to talk about it with them.
I headed home and on the way back, I figured that I would head over to another book store later that day after Katie woke up from her nap. Which is what I did.
Rushed down to another book store and looked for the book in the Teen section. I found his others: Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and one of the stories in Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories. And I was soooo tempted on buying those. But money being what it is, I decided to just look for Paper Towns.
Not finding it, I went up front to the check out desk and asked the woman there. There was no one else at the desk so she wasn’t able to come and help me find exactly where it was, but she looked it up and offered a couple places of where to look. One being the teens section, the other being one of the tables down the middle of the store.
Looked at one table. Nope. Another. Nope. Meanwhile I pushed Katie in her stroller. Whenever I stopped to look, she would get fussy.
Looking down all the tables, I decided to look at the Teens section again. And there it was, in a different segment of the bookshelf, and not with all his other ones.
There have been two different covers for PT made, both having Margo on the cover. One is bright with a yellow background with her smiling. The other is dark, blue background, and Margo is looking sad. The store only had dark Margo. So I grab it, buy it, and head home….
The exciting part happens the following week when I meet John Green!
Here’s a vid of John reading a rough draft of PT last year. I love the visuals that he puts in it: