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Transcript of Book Report
A type of dramatic irony is how Margo kept saying that she had a plan for her pranks but neither the reader nor Quentin knew what was planned. This was ironic because it's not common that the reader doesn't know what will happen next in a non-mystery book. Something that was situationally ironic in this book was how Quentin's best friend, Ben became a boyfriend to one of the most popular girls in the school, Lacey. Ben was described as a kid who never really hit puberty. He had always been small and skinny who wasn't expected to get a date to prom. This is ironic because generally popular girls don't go to prom with unpopular try-hard boys, like Ben. The last point of irony is situational irony. Quentin was always under the impression that Margo only liked Quentin as a friend. At the very end of the book, though, Margo confessed that when she was younger she looked at Quentin as a superhero who she secretly wrote stories about. This was ironic because Quentin never thought that Margo looked at him more than a friend but he then finds out that she liked him as much as he liked her.
Quentin's reason for chasing after Margo was hope. After the night they spent together, Quentin expected Margo to treat him differently. Quentin thought that if he found Margo she would want to spend more time with him. He had loved Margo since the day she moved across the street from him in second grade, but never thought she noticed him until the night before her disappearance. Quentin always admired Margo for the adventures she went on and the stories she told. He hoped that if she came back, his life would become more like Margo's, exciting and memorable.
Paper Towns was a great book that I would suggest to others, but it did have some parts that I would change. One observation I made about the book was repetition. I felt like the same thing happened three or more times in the book. For example, Quentin went back to the same place looking for Margo three times when he could have made the point in one. He spent too much of his time looking for Margo which made it boring. Also, the characters swore too much. At the beginning of the book I thought it was very life like having the characters swear but when I got deeper into the story the cursing would make me less interested. Other than the negatives I really liked the characters, I felt like I could connect with them. Quentin was a very realistic character and made me feel like I knew him and was sitting right next to him throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the plot of the story. It was a clever idea that kept me interested everyday. This book made me look forward to having free time so I could read.
The theme of this book is everything happens for a reason. An example that supports my theme is Quentin wouldn't have made such unforgettable memories. Margo's disappearance brought everyone closer together; during their excursion they had experiences that they would remember for a life-time. Like, during their 19th hour driving to New York they almost hit a cow or when Ben peed in a beer bottle. Quentin will grow old but he will always remember the night he missed his high school graduation to find his crush in a city that was more than twelve hours away. Another example is if Margo hadn't moved across the street from Quentin, Ben and Lacey wouldn't have became a couple. Lacey first spoke to Quentin to discuss Margo, but along their journey she began to realize how much she liked Ben. If it hadn't been for Margo moving next to the Jacobsens', Ben and Lacey would have never gotten to know each other.
Conflict puts people under unnecessary stress.
Throughout this book, Quentin complained that
he felt in charge of finding Margo. He worried that she was dead and spent most of his time looking for clues to where she was hidden. Ben, Radar, Lacey, and Quentin spent 19 hours driving to the city where Margo was living to bring her back to Florida. This wasn't necessary because when Quentin found Margo she acted just as surprised to see him as he was to see her. She stated that she never purposely left clues for him to find and didn't want to come back with them. And although Quentin's mission was to bring Margo back with him she ended up leaving Quentin to travel around the country.
The tone of the book is immature. John Greene writes as though he is a high schooler graduating that year. He could have just as easily written it to seem like Quentin had thoughts like a 38 year old man, but he didn't. He made him seem like a normal high school student who swore, who had thoughts that an adult probably wouldn't have, and who had a realistic life of a teenager. This is immature because his writing style makes him seem younger than he really is. One example is when Quentin's parents bought him a car. His first thoughts were about how thrilled he was that his parents bought him his own car, but when he went outside to see his new Ford, he realized that it was a minivan. Quentin was disappointed and annoyed that his first car was a minivan, "a wretched beast of high ceilings and few horsepower." Quentin's reaction is immature because he wasn't as grateful for the car as someone who was older than him would have been. Another example of the tone is when Margo and Quentin shaved off Chuck Parsons eyebrow because he was an old enemy of Quentin's. This was a childish prank that the writer made realistic which supports the tone of the story.