In John Green’s novel Paper Towns, a teenage boy named Quentin “Q” Jacobson lives next to a spontaneous, impulsive girl, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo leads Q on countless wild adventures throughout Orlando, from finding a dead body as young children to sneaking into Sea World as high school students. Q has a huge admiration for Margo’s wild life style and has a major, unrequited love for her when one day she randomly disappears with no warning. The beloved Margo is thought by everyone to have committed suicide, but Q knows this cannot be true. Q searches intensely for any signs of her, remembering the phrase “paper towns” she had coined on one of their adventures. Margo then leads Q on a wild chase to find her, leaving abstract clues in places only he could find.
After searching vigorously and coming to a screeching halt on his search, Q finds a strange comment on one of his friend’s information database websites, a comment that only Margo Roth Spiegelman would say. He then recruits his best friends, Ben and Radar, to skip high school graduation and accompany him on a journey to New York where the comment originated. The friends, along with Ben’s girlfriend, go on a wild road trip that involves countless hectic adventures and almost die via cow on their journey to find Margo. John Green tells this tale of mystery and wild adventures perfectly with his use of lively characters and longed for adventures.
By Chase Williams