Paper Towns

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Paper Towns by John Green is Edgar Award winning young adult literature about two friends who have drifted apart throughout the years and things don’t go as planned when the reconnect many years later. I chose this fantastic novel, because I am a fan of the author, John Green. The novel takes place in a Florida suburb. The antagonist of our story states that these suburbs are “paper towns,” because nothing in the town is real. The citizens don’t know what else is out there and are always worried about the future. A paper town has a double meaning. It also gives us a clue to where the antagonist hides out during the novel. It is discovered in the book that paper towns is a name for ...view middle of the document...

After the encounter with the cold corpse of Robert Joyner, Margo comes back to Quentin’s house that night saying that she did research and found that Mr. Joyner was going through a divorce. In Margo’s words, “Maybe all the strings inside of him broke.” Margo then exits out of Quentin’s room through the window where she will appear nine years later. Quentin then recalls how Robert Joyner’s blood was imprinted in Margo’s purple sneakers. Now both seniors in high school, Quentin admires the gorgeous Margo from afar and Margo basks in the glory of popularity, while Quentin is left in the shadows. One night Margo falls through Quentin’s window dressed in black and gives off the impression of a ninja. Margo tells Quentin to come with her on a journey of revenge towards everyone who’s wronged her. First they arrive at a Wal-Mart where the two accomplices pick up: thirteen pounds of catfish, Veet, the fat daddy of Vaseline, a six-pack of Mountain Dew, a can of blue spray paint, and a dozen roses. Margo then tells Quentin that she has eleven tasks for them to complete that school night. First, they catch Margo’s boyfriend cheating on her, blackmail him and leave a dead catfish and a blue “M” on his wall. Then they leave flowers for the girl who told Margo about her boyfriend’s cheating scandal. They then leave a fish for Mr. Worthington and Margo’s best friend Lacey. They then spray paint a blue “M” on the roof of Lacey’s car. Margo then asks Quentin who he would like to take revenge on and he chooses the high school bully, Chuck Parson. At the Parson’s they shave off one of Chuck’s eyebrows and slather all the door knobs with Vaseline. After their vengeful trips they travel to the Orlando City Skyscraper. At the top of this building is where Margo relates the town to a “paper town” and they discuss how fake everything down below is. After the skyscraper, they move down to Sea World where they slow dance and Quentin asks if Margo will hang out with him and his friends now. Her reply is, “I. Will. Miss. Hanging. Out. With. You.” The next day it is noticed that Margo has ran away. This point is the climax in our story and is resolved by Quentin pairing up with Ben, Radar, and Lacey. They find a Woodie Guthrie Poster on the back of her window that leads them to the song, Walt Whitman’s Niece. This song leads them to a book which leads them to an address. At this address they find a building that would be where someone would go to die. They find clues that address that Margo there and a disturbing note on the wall saying, “Once you go to the paper towns you will never come back.” On graduation day Ben, Radar, Lacey, and Quentin follow a paper town to Agloe, New York. They believe this is where Margo is hiding out and set out to find her. Finally, they arrive in Agloe and notice Margo’s car parked outside a barn. Inside they find Margo who is not one bit happy to see them and it is revealed that she never wanted to be found by anyone, all she wanted to do...

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