When they reach Agloe, they find Margo in an old barn, writing. After fighting furiously about Margo's apparent selfishness for leaving, Ben, Radar, and Lacey storm out. Quentin and Margo learn that they had idealized one another and love each other. However, they both realize with regret that their love was based in falsehood, in being a "paper boy" and a "paper girl. Quentin, however, does not give up on Margo. They admit their romantic affections for one another but realize that their values must inevitably lead them to separate futures.
Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights Paper Towns from BookRags. Get Paper Towns from Amazon. View the Study Pack. View the Lesson Plans. Order our Paper Towns Study Guide. He drives to all of the pseudovisions where he feels that she may be hiding, but cannot find her. On the day of his graduation, while getting ready, Quentin discovers Margo has been hiding in a fictional town in New York called Agloe , which was created as a copyright trap by mapmakers.
Quentin, Radar, Ben, and Lacey skip graduation and drive to New York to search for her, with a plan to drive to Agloe before noon on May In Agloe, they discover Margo is living in an old, dilapidated barn. She is shocked to see them, which angers the group, who expected her to be grateful for their presence.
Margo had left those clues to assure Quentin that she is okay and she did not want to be found. Angry at her lack of gratitude, Radar, Ben, and Lacey leave the barn and spend the night at a motel.
Quentin realizes the image he had of her was as fake as the one that she had been emitting to everyone else, and becomes furious at her for wasting his time. Margo argues that Quentin saved her for egotistical reasons; he wanted to be a knight in shining armor who saved the troubled girl.
Ultimately, Quentin accepts it was unfair for him to expect Margo to live up to his perfect image of her. After their deep conversation, Margo decides to go to New York City and asks Quentin to accompany her. Quentin wants to stay with her, but understands his home life and responsibilities prevents him from doing so.
Margo promises to Quentin that she will keep contact with him. The novel is written in three parts. Each individual part is named for a specific metaphor used considerably in that section. Each individual chapter within the first two parts is labeled with a number. However, the third part of the novel is divided into smaller sections. Each section refers to the hour of the characters' road trip.
Throughout the novel, the concept of paper towns is mentioned several times. As a former Orlando resident, John Green had seen and heard of many "paper towns". His first experience with a "paper town" occurred during his junior year of college while on a road trip. In South Dakota, he and his friend came across a paper town called Holen. At the end of the novel, John Green states that the story of Agloe presented in the text is mostly true: But then people with these old Esso maps kept looking for it, and so someone built a store, making Agloe real.
Paper Towns received mostly positive reviews. Publishers Weekly said, "the title, which refers to unbuilt subdivisions and copyright trap towns that appear on maps but don't exist, unintentionally underscores the novel's weakness: It also said the novel is "another teen pleasing read".
Though we only really see Margo for the first third of the book, the clues really create her character and give us the feeling she's a complex person. Finding out who Margo is through the things she left behind was a really great way to develop her character. The Mary Sue to end all Mary Sues. The most entitled bitch to have ever walked the Earth. I didn't care if she would be found. I knew she would be doing something stupid and "inspirational" or whatever.
She didn't deserve the attention she got. I didn't like any of them. Basically from the beginning till the end I didn't care about any of the characters' fates. I just wanted the book to end because I was extremely bored and unsatisfied.
What was even the plot? The pace was just So many clues and then some high school stuff and some more clues and some shit Ben kept saying and more clues and then the road trip and then it's over. And I hated that his friends followed him. This is where this road trip was unrealistic for me. This would never happen in real life.
And that's why they changed it in the movie too. The dude was head over heels in love, otherwise no one would have done that. It was slowly killing me from the inside. I would rather have eaten dog shit than read this book.
It was this bad for me. And now let's discuss the movie adaptation Listen to my incredible story for a bit. So, after hearing this, you will realize I didn't watch the movie because I liked the book, but because I always do. And it's also an excuse for me lately to watch movies, because if I don't watch a movie in the cinema, I never do at home. I'm more of a books and tv shows kind of gal, what can you do? The movie made the story and the characters a little bit more interesting.
It cut out the boring parts and added some very funny and nice scenes that lacked in the book. I liked that they didn't lose their graduation for the road trip to find Margo, because it was totally bollocks. I liked the changes they made with that aspect of the book.
I liked the casting, I think it was spot on. Except Margo and not because Cara isn't good enough for the part but because of her weight. Margo is supposed to be "curvy" and she got "bullied" by Lacey because of her figure. And I hated that they didn't keep this part in the movie because there wasn't any real reason after all for Margo to be hating Lacey. Margo was supposed to be "the most perfect and popular girl in the entire school" and she was curvy.
Just let that part in, damn it. Also, this movie's description must have been: Honestly, why make Q's love for Margo unrequited? When it was the opposite in the book? I didn't understand this change. It was unnecessary and it didn't add anything to the plot.
But, to sum it up, the movie was a good enough adaptation for this book. But I didn't like it. Because I didn't like the book. In conclusion, this book was a nightmare for me, from start to finish. I didn't earn anything from this book, not lessons, not a new ship, not new favorite characters, nothing. I just wanted it to end. I know it's a popular book and I'm very sorry for this negative review, but not all books are for everyone. And till the next one View all 45 comments.
Jessica The Bookish Teacher I couldn't agree more with your review! Sep 09, Maria Jessica The Bookish Teacher wrote: I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns. I am a big fan of John Green but found this book plodding and boring. I hated the Margo character and thought that Q was a big whiner. His obsession with Margo, who he didn't really even know, was really annoying. I realize that this was one of the messages of the book, that we all assign traits and "personalities" to people we hardly know, but it was still hard to take, page after page.
I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd I was pretty disappointed in Paper Towns. I still love John Green and his blog, still consider myself a "nerd fighter" and would give just about anything to see him in public, but can't give Paper Towns more than 2 stars. View all 31 comments. Teens finding their way. Recommended to Lhara by: Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating. It had the same geeky male character.
The same kooky aka annoying female character. The same male best friend. And whilst this was okay in LFA, reading the same characters again was annoying! And it seemed like they were on the same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a di Oh dear lord, I found this book immensely irritating.
And it seemed like they were on the same journey as in FA, except obviously there's a divergence in the second half. Also, I just found elements of this book preposterous. Considering she has no troubles at home, there doesn't seem to be a strong enough reason for an eighteen year old to suddenly decide to run away except that oh, she's oh-so-kooky and larger than life and a small-town girl etc etc. John Green explains why she does, but I still have trouble accepting it.
To me, she only did it because she was self-centred and looking for attention. I didn't feel anything for her character. Q was also really annoying, pining for a girl he barely knows, instead in love with her from the friendship they had as a child, rather than the girl she is today.
I'm willing to bet all my money which is not much that John Green bases the male protagonist on himself, and that the female character is the type of character he fancied at school, and it sort of plays like he's the dorky, awkward girl in love with the popular, unattainable boy.
Q's need to abandon everything to find this girl who, btw, never showed any sign of affection before their pranks together , is entirely self-indulgent and illogical. And whilst at times he sounded like a teenage boy, other times he sounded a decade or two older. The fact that his friends also decide to follow him on a road-trip to find her doesn't make sense. They do it on graduation day. Why would anyone ditch graduation which they seemed to look forward to to find a girl who a doesn't want to be found and b they don't even like?
Everybody loves a roadtrip, sure. But these are limits. These implausibilities made this book really hard to finish. And I feel he really needs to branch out a bit more. His other book, The Fault in the Stars, apparently has the same characters in it too. A sign of a good writer is their ability to be original, and surely he yearns to write about different types of characters? Also, John needs to have a more interesting plot, where things actually happen, rather than nothing much happening except for a lot of musings.
I used to watch YT clips of John and really liked him, so his books are a bit of a let down in comparison. I really do hope he writes something more creative with fresh characters , because he has got talent - he just needs to push himself more. View all 25 comments. Unexpected in many ways but still quite a ride! How well do we know the other people? How well do we know our neighbors? How well do we know our own close friends? How well do we know our first crush?
But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all. And even if they turn out not to be what we wish, reality is always better than an illusion. That blanket still smelled like you. Still, we should be always brave enough to meet the real person and accept them for what they are. Even if they appear in the middle of the night at your window asking to join them in a wacky adventure.
What is life without some wacky adventure once and then? We are owners of our own lives, and we should be brave enough to understand what we need to do and not looking for easy exits. We can live the lives that others expected, because if so, we would be ending living other lives than our own.
Always a wise advice should be well received, a friendly tip, but at the end, we must forge our own lives, since only us would be guilty of a sad existence or recipents of a happy lifetime.
Our personal decisions can affect others. The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Life itself is a miracle and we must honored it doing something good with our lives.
But keeping our eyes open since you never know when a wonderful miracle would enter in our lives. Update July 26th, I watched the film adaptation last Thursday, and I liked it a lot.
In fact, I think that the movie has a better tempo to tell the events. There are some missing stuff but nothing so relevant. The really important elements in the general story are there. Also, the cast of actress Cara Delevingne was the right one to give life to the very complicated character of "Margo Roth Spiegelman".
I think that the movie is adequate to tell the same message but giving a better light to the character of Margo Roth Spiegelman that if you don't get what the author wanted to tell in the story, it's quite easy to fall in the road of not liking her.
View all 64 comments. Aug 30, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme: Awkward funny charismatic good looking fit main character who somehow is a looser. The hot popular girl who he is forever in love. A weird funny bestfriend who gets in trouble. Everything happening in the last 2 weeks of high school. Quotes that every teenage tumblr girl has in their blog description. Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to yo This book as the others by this author has the John Green theme: Some meaningful ending when you re-think all your teenage years and wish that this would have happened to you.
View all 7 comments. Aug 31, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why there are people out there comparing this with Looking for Alaska. I am not going to linger on the comparisons between those two because 1 I never liked Looking for Alaska, 2 I never even finished Looking for Alaska and 3 I thought this book was original enough not to find it some twin brother or sister. I am such an easy target. I am the easiest of targets when it comes to writing style.
Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears with clues behind so smart people can track her. Quentin, a smart and bewitched-by-Margo person, makes it his life quest to find the dear disappearing love of his life and, with the help of his friends, Q embarks on an adventure like never before! I make it all sound very dramatic, but the thing is that it IS extremely dramatic for Q and the story overall pretty intense.
I adore this one message among many others that I extracted from the story: I very much anticipated the denouement… the moment of revelation… the ending, because this is the type of story that you know would surprise you with the truth.
View all 38 comments. Jun 19, Inge marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: I quite liked the banter between Q and his friends, but I could not stand another word about that damn Margo Roth Spiegelman. Oh, and then she disappears. Who was a self-centred twatwaffle. Give me a break. Life is too short to spend one more fuck on Margo Roth Spiegelman. Inge has zero fucks. At the end of the day, Inge still has zero fucks. How many fucks did Inge give that day?
Ya estaba yo poniendo los ojos en blanco, porque oH GOD. Jun 06, Christine Delilah Maramochabooks rated it liked it. Typical unpopular boy with an ordinary boring as bread life. Mysterious Margo then disappears, because, I don't know, her life's fake or something.
Our kid with 2. Our kid with his equally dull friends go on a road trip to find Mystical Margo. You know that basic song that goes: Just imagine that, but a guy taking it to another level. So I understand what John Green was trying to do: I love that message, it's great. What I didn't like were the dull characters, especially the main one. He definitely was obsessed with Margo and the way it played out on the pages was annoying. I don't want to hear about how amazing someone is in every single chapter.
I didn't even like Margo, she just seemed to think herself as above everyone. In my opinion leaving and letting people think you commit suicide is a pretty indecent thing to do. This was probably a good demonstration of how we sometimes think of life as a game. It isn't about being the most mysterious or having more adventures than someone else, it's about being authentic. Be who you are and don't expect others to be the same.
Another thing I'd like to mention is that there's certainly consequences to just disappearing or breaking in. I don't know if I'd even recommend this to a younger audience since I sincerely wouldn't want anyone taking pointers from Margo.
One thing I have to mention is that John Green knows how to write. His characters have never been for me, but the philosophical aspect is always interesting. Having a couple really highlights the story and makes you go: But having one in every chapter, is more like: A quick reminder for anyone and especially young readers, is that wanting to project yourself as something doesn't make you become that.
If you desire to make yourself seem like a mystery, it doesn't mean you're a mystery. You're a person and it's wrong for even you to see yourself as something less or more than that. It's amazing to have adventures, it just doesn't define you. I've learned that once you stop seeing things the way other people do, you'll learn how to open your eyes to your own perspective. I appreciate the message of the story, just not the plot in general. Cara appreciation, shout out to her for having great eyebrows P.
What's your favourite John Green novel? View all 77 comments. I could NOT put it down. It's funny and mysterious and just so real. View all 11 comments. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world Leaving feels too good, once you leave.
Some people take their time into actually doing it. They spent much time planning and scheming on how they should gloriously plow into life. There are some who tried "It's so hard to leave-until you leave. There are some who tried a few times before succeeding, by accepting that their heavy butts are beginning to be a burden to their family and to the economy. My dear nephew, Jaff, calls it emancipation.
They should be equipped, so as not to become scattered dandelions, gliding aimlessly waiting where the wind will blow them. Unfortunately for Margo, she has uninspired parents to motivate her. They are like the paper cut-outs Margo described, who boxed themselves inside this very peculiar thing called normal life. They regard Margo's actions as rebellion.
But all this is unknown to her family and friends. All her life, she has coated herself with a shell of Margo Stuff - the cool ones. It then became difficult for her to remove her coating and be herself. So the only option is to leave it all behind. But there is still one string attached to this papergirl — Quentin Jacobsen.
She wants Q to know her; understand her; love her for who she is inside, no matter how crooked and unreasonable that Margo may be. Little did he know that this journey will not only lead him to Margo, but discover the Margo hiding within too. Thus, making him aware of his own capabilities and weaknesses. Knowing that he will succeed in finding his place in the world someday soon.
This book gets you to think about the idea of a person and the actual being of a person. Because, of course, it is rather unfair to be thought of as just a mere idea.
My favorite part is the Vessel. I had fun with this; I do hope you will too. View all 18 comments. Dec 30, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: This sort of read is off the beaten track for me, non-fantasy YA-ish literature.
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A short summary of John Green's Paper Towns. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Paper Towns. Your book-smartest friend just got a makeover. Our most popular lit guides now have twice as much helpful . Paper Towns Summary. Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Spiegelman, who as young children are friends, one night find the body of a man named Robert Joyner, who committed suicide in the park. Though Quentin turns to his parents, two therapists, for solace, Margo wants to investigate the man's life.
Paper Towns Summary & Study Guide Description. Paper Towns Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections. This lesson explores the plot of John Green's 'Paper Towns' through quotes from the novel. We will learn about themes of connection and alienation.