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Paper Towns

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Alina Mitchell

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Transcript of Paper Towns

John Green
The Murder
Young Quentin and his neighbor, Margo, are playing together in the park, when they discover a dead body.
Margo's Plan
The Search
The Roadtrip
They find Margo at an abandoned general store getting ready to move to New York City. She invites Quentin to go with her
Plot Overview
Quentin Jacobsen
Margo Roth Spiegelman
Ben Starling
Marcus "Radar" Lincoln
Lacey Pemberton
Age: 18
Black, tall, smart, funny
Quentin's other best friend who aids him with his mastery use of the online website, Omnictionary.
Author of Paper Towns
Basic Info
Other Works
Looking for Alaska
First Novel
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2012
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association in 2006
The story is about a socially awkward sixteen-year-old boy named Miles Halter who moves to a boarding school in search of his "Great Perhaps." Upon arriving, he makes some wild friends and falls in love with the emotionally unstable Alaska Young. As the bonds of their friendship grow, a major incident makes him question his outlook on life and where he will find his "Great Perhaps."
The Fault in Our Stars
Soon-to-be movie
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#9 UK The Bookseller Bestseller
Time Magazine's #1 Best Fiction Book of 2012
The book is about a teen girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She had accepted her unfortunate fate, until she met a boy named Augustus Waters in her cancer support group, who shows her that love can be found amidst tragedy.
Paper Towns
By: John Green
*Note: Images are actors that represent the visual appearances of the characters.
Paper Towns' Achievements
Woody Guthrie
Walt Whitman
Born on August 24, 1977 in Indianapolis.
Moved to Orlando, Florida as a baby
Inspired to become an
author from working as a chaplain in a children's hospital
Successful YouTube blogger
Supports charities such as Project for Awesome and Nerdfighters
Age: 18
Tall, dark-haired, nerdy, quiet
Main character who goes on a journey to find the girl he loves, Margo
Age: 18
Skinny, pretty, popular, outgoing
Runs away from home and leaves clues for Quentin to find her and go with her on her adventure to New York
*shown as Logan Lerman
Age: 18
Short, olive-skinned, loud, crude, funny
Accompanies Quentin on his journey to find Margo and becomes popular by dating Lacey
*shown as Dianna Agron
*shown as Dylan O'Brien
*shown as Benjamin Charles Watson
Age: 18
Skinny, pretty, popular, sweet, haughty
The ex-best friend of Margo who does not understand Margo's hostility towards her. She dates Ben and goes with them to Agloe to find Margo
*shown as Holland Roden
While Quentin is frightened by the body, it fascinates Margo.
Nine years pass. The two are seniors in high school. The popular Margo has seemingly forgotten about Quentin, while he is still shyly in love with her. One night, she sneaks into his room and asks him if he wants to go on adventure.
The two spend the night pulling pranks on her friends and boyfriend.
The final step in Margo's plan is for them to sneak into Sea World together. They bond and dance on the grass until morning.
The very next day, Margo goes missing and Quentin notices that she has left a set of clues specifically for him.
Quentin takes his friends Ben and Radar with him to decipher the clues for the last month of their senior year. Quentin becomes obsessed with finding her, missing prom and graduation.
Eventually, they discover that she is hiding in a fake town (or paper town) called Agloe, New York.
Quentin, Ben, Radar, and Ben's girlfriend, Lacey, drive twenty one hours to Agloe to find Margo
Quentin realizes that they are not meant to be, so they say their goodbyes.
#5 New York Times
2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
The story takes place in Orlando, Florida
Margo hates Orlando because the people in it are fake, so she runs away
*Orlando is also where John Green moved three weeks after being born.
One night, Quentin and Margo spend the night together, sneaking into Seaworld.
Agloe, New York is a fictional place created by mapmakers to see if anybody copyrighted their maps.
This is where Margo goes when she decided to leave Orlando.
Guthrie was a folk
singer who lived from 1912 to
1967. He is famous for the song, "This
Land is Your Land" (the song playing right

now.) In Paper Towns, Margo

leaves a poster of Guthrie for
Quentin to find
as a clue. The
poster is of him holding a guitar
with the slogan: "This machine
kills fascists."
Quentin finds a
Guthrie album in her room that takes him
to the next hint in how to find her. The
song "Walt Whitman's Niece" leads him
to the next clue of where to
find where Margo
Walt Whitman was a controversial American poet from 1819 to 1892. His poem in Leaves of Grass
was used by Margo to give a hint to Quentin as to where she has gone.
Interesting Quotes
“I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”
“It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined.”
“Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.”
"The town was paper, but the memories were not."
This is a ted talk by the author, john green, about paper towns...
At one point, they almost run into a cow on the road, but Ben swerves around it and saves them all.
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