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Paper Towns Author John Green Lauren Matthews

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Independent Reading Assignment- Lauren Matthews
John Green
Author
Paper Towns
Book Title
What Did I Read?
Setting
The places were the book took place was
Jefferson Park, Orlando, Florida, Algoe, New York, South Carolina; various
places within Orlando.
The time of the setting was Senior year towards during testing to the graduation week.
Protagonist
The Protagonist of Paper towns is Quetin Jacobsen. The book is writtin in first person so there was no direct characterization. However while reading the book you could peice together an image of Quetin through the description of his friends and activities and feeling towards situations in the book. Pysically Quetin is slightly below your average hieght, has brown scruffy hair with deep set hazel colored eyes and has a quirky and slightly nerdy personality.
Antagonist
The antagonist of Paper Towns is Margo Roth Spigelman. You can clearly visualize Margo from Quentin's descriptions. She is slim, has a porcelain quality to her skin, dark hair and these chrystal clear blue eyes. Her personality is unique.. she puts out a perfect front for everyone. She is Spunky, fun and adventurous. She is also serious music nerd and has a interesting perspective on life.
Major Conflict
The Start
At the start of papertowns, Quentin and Margo attempt to finish a mission of revenge that Margo had planned out for the final night that she has in the Jackson Parks. The conflict here is if they can complete Margo's mission without getting caught.

The Next Day
The next day Margo goes missing. This is no big deal because Margo has run away multiple times before (Camping out somewhere inside Disney parks and going to New Orlands) However as time grew on they become concerned about Margo's whereabouts... The Conflict here is what happened to Margo? Has she run away again...Was she abducted...Did she commit suicide...Will Margo ever come back ?
The Search
Margo generally leaves clues to her whereabouts for example when she left spilled alpabet soup on the counter spelling out New Orleans telling her family where she has gone. This time she has left clues for Quentin... He struggles to decipher the clues that Margo has left behind, Quentin and his friends try to find her location before time runs out.
Theme
People are not always as they seem. They have multiple dimensions and no matter how long you have know someone there will always be an element of the you will never know nor understand. Quentin see's Margo as this perfect, beautiful, adventurous girl who is perfect for him in every possible ways. However he learns that she is a complex person with secrets of her own. What John Green telling use through out the book is people are never quite as simple as the seem...
Quotes
John Green's book is highly quotable and there are so many quotes I love here are my top two favorites...
The Future...
“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
― John Green, Paper Towns
Cereal...
“That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”
My View of
The Future Quote...
I thought this was a interesting view on life . I have never thought of how most things we do are always pointing towards the future always looking to what will happen later not about now.
My View of
The Cereal Quote...
Once again this quote is an eye opener. It is so true and actually quite concerning that looks are what we are most concerned about.However it makes sense because appearance is the first thing that you notice about someone. It is not really our fault though ,because you can't look at someone and see who they are...
Thanks for listening to my presentation of Paper Towns by John Green...
Here is a fan made trailer for the book...
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