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Paper Towns by John Green

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Alexis Stalker

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Transcript of Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by: John Green, reading assignment.
By Alexis Stalker

Themes/Morals
-People are not made of paper, they have dimensions. Our view or idea of a person will never be enough to show all that that person really is. Because humans are comlex and all different.

-Seeing the truth in people.

-Not creating an image of the person and imagining how you want them to be, but imagining being them.

Summary
This book is about a boy named Quentin who has a huge crush on a girl named Margo. They had grown up together, living on the same street, but when high school came along they gradually stopped hanging out; however, one night Margo shows up at his window seeking an adventure. They end up having a lot of fun, but Margo disappears not long after. Quentin and his friends Radar, Ben, and Lacey set out on a 21 hour trip to New York, from their own subdivision in Orlando, Florida, to find her.
Personal Opinion
Overall, I will say I enjoyed Paper Towns. It definitely isn't my favorite book, but it wasn't terrible. I think it took too long to get to the point/moral of the whole story, the book has three parts and all throughout part two I was bored. Other than that, parts one and three were pretty intense and fast, which is what led me to liking it. I would recommend it, but for a rainy day when you're in the mood to read.
Text-to-text connection
- In Looking for Alaska by John Green, Alaska mysteriously goes missing, just like Margo.
Text-to-world connection
- Generally there are quite a few teenagers who run away from home because they are misunderstood or they feel the need to just get away from the stress, which was the case with Margo.
Fun fact
: 1 in 7 children runaway before the age of 18.

Connections
Quotes
“At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too.” (Green 151)

“It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined.” (Green 257)
Character descriptions
Quentin Jacobsen (Q)
: The Narrator. He's in love with his neighbor Margo and once she's proven missing he becomes obsessed with finding her and dedicates all of his time to it because he is positive she wants him to.
Margo Roth Spiegelman
: The brown haired blue eyed neighbor of Q who on the outside is open and outgoing but is actually quiet and very different. She runs away from home planning out adventures in her little black notebook and leaves clues that lead to dead ends.
Marcus Lincoln (Radar)
: The technology savvy best friend of Q's whose parents own the second largest collection of black Santas. He helps out quit a bit with the mystery of Margo.
Ben Starling (Bloody Ben)
: The band geek and lame best friend of Q's who has an obsession with prom and because of that and Q's obsession with Margo they have a fight, but Ben makes up for it in the end.
Lacey Pemberton
: The popular best friend of Margos. They weren't on a good note when Margo ran away, so she helps with the search to apologize.

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