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Transcript of Paper Towns
by: John Green
Places this is shown in the novel
In the beginning, Q thinks of Margo as a beautiful girl, but he learns throughout the book that she is realer than that.
Q learns throughout the book that Margo is not at all what she appeared to be. He thought she was happy and adventurous, while really she is troubled and confused.
The theme of this novel is that people are more complex than they seem; how we view a person or our idea of them will never really show the entirety of what that person is.
Jefferson park, a subdivision in Orlando, Florida- plain, boring, simple
Their high school
Q's car during the road trip- describes it as a house with seperate rooms
Algoe, New York- imaginary, abandoned town
Quentin Jacobsen has loved Margo Roth Speigelman his entire life, since they were kids. They are now seniors in high school, and have grown apart. One night, Margo shows up at Quentin's window and convinces him to sneak out with her and get revenge on people who have wronged her, and they sneak into sea world. The next day, Margo is missing from school.
She left a series of clues for Quentin to find her, which lead him to believe she is hiding in a "psuedodivision" of Orlando. While getting ready for graduation, Quentin makes the connection using a map that she is hiding in a fake town in New York called Agloe. Quentin, Ben, Radar, and Lacey find her there in an old barn, and she is not happy to be found. Margo and Quentin kiss, and they go their seperate ways.
Quentin "Q" Jacobsen
Margo Roth Spiegelman's disappearence
senior in high school
best friend Ben Starling
also friends with Radar
Q is thoughtful, caring, smart, and careful
is somewhat of a nerd
Margo Roth Spiegelman has straight brown hair
She is adventurous, sneaky, smart, mysterious, and frequently missing
In Q's perspective, she is beautiful
Three Main Actions
Quentin finds a dead man in Jefferson park with Margo when they are kids
Quentin spends the night of his prom in an old house of a psuedivision, looking for Margo
He takes a road trip to New York and finds Margo in the fictional town of Algoe
Three Main Events
Margo takes Q on an adventure one night getting revenge on people who have wronged her and breaking into Seaworld
She disappears the next morning and leaves a series of clues for Quentin to find
She gets angry and starts yelling when she is found at Algoe
“As we walked, I kept taking glances at her through the crowd, quick snapshots: a photographic series entitled Perfection Stands Still While Mortals Walk Past.”
“All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”
As young childrren, Q and Margo Roth Spiegelman go to Jefferson Park and Discover a divorced man who had committed suicide.
Now Q and Margo are high schoolers, and Margo shows up at Q's window dressed like a ninja. She convinces him to sneak out and help her get revenge on people who have hurt her.
Margo and Q get revenge on her ex-boyfriend Jase, Becca, Chuck Parson, and Lacey. They break into a SunTrust bank, and relax on one of the floors.
Margo and Q break into SeaWorld, and are disapointed that none of the animals are in their showcases.
The next day, Margo is missing from school. After three days, her parents file a report that she is missing.
Quentin finds a poster of Woody Guthrie in Margo's room. The poster leads him to a song called Walt Whitman's Niece, which leads him to a book of poems. Quentin finds an address on a small piece of paper on his door. Q and his friends go to the address. They find an abandoned mini-mall.
The clues lead Q to the conclusion that Margo is in one of the old subdivision projects around Orlando, or pseudodivisions. He discovers a fictional town called Algoe using a map he found while searching for Margo. Q and his friends skip graduation and take a road trip there.
They find Margo in an old barn, and she is not happy to be found. Radar, Ben, and Lacey leave, but Q stays. Q and Margo kiss, but in the end it is implied that they go seperate ways.
"All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” pg. 57-58
This is my favorite passage because it gives the reader a glimpse of what Margo's mindset is, and it foreshadows that she is going to run away because she is dissatisfied with the place that she lives in.