Paper Towns was written by John Green and was published by Dutton Penguin. The book was released on October 16, 2008 and its genre is young adult and mystery. Paper Towns was a very well written book and made readers not want to put it down.
The main characters of the book include Quentin Jacobsen, Margo Roth Spiegelman and their friends Ben Starling, “Radar”, and Lacey Pemberton. Quentin is Margo’s next door neighbor and is madly in love with Margo, but she doesn’t realize it. Margo, on the other hand, hates being this stereotypical “paper girl” and just wants to get as far away from her hometown as possible, leaving everyone behind. The story is broken into three parts, and the story is started by introducing Margo and Quentin playing together at a young age and finding a dead man’s body at the park. Little did they know that that event would connect them in more ways in one when they were older…
Part one begins when Margo, in the middle of the night, climbs through Quentin’s room window to ask him a favor. She wanted to use his van to complete an 11 part revenge plan on her ex-boyfriend. On that night, the two have the time of their lives, and Quentin realizes how much he still likes Margo but failed to realize it.
Part two of the book starts off with Margo disappearing and not a trace of her going anywhere. However, being the person that Margo is, she had left a series of almost impossible clues to figure out her whereabouts. Quentin and his friends had searched and searched for everywhere, but came up empty each time. As the days went by, Quentin’s friends had given up, leaving only him to continue his search for Margo. Quentin grapples with Margo’s use of the phrase “paper towns” in her clues. Eventually he figures out that a paper town is a false city on a map that cartographers once used to detect copycats. Margo had left for the paper town of Algoe, New York.
Part three of the book begins the night of the gang’s graduation when Quentin persuades his friends to leave Orlando to travel up to the “paper town”. His friends hesitantly agree, and begin the 21 hour long journey up there. When they finally reach Agloe, they find Margo writing in an old barn. After fighting for some time about Margo leaving abruptly, everyone storms out, leaving Quentin and Margo by themselves. In that moment, they realized that they loved each other, but it was based on falsehood because they were both a “paper boy” and “paper girl”. Quentin will never give up on Margo, but he knows that their values will lead them to a separate future.
I couldn’t put the book down because of its unpredicting sequence of events. I pretty much guessed that Quentin would have eventually found Margo, but I didn’t expect it to be that drawn out and perplexed. This was one of my favorite books because of the harsh sense of reality that Margo gives us readers; that we are pretty much living in a paper town and not being our true selves.