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Quentin Jacobsen

by John Green
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Quentin and his friends use these clues and find an abandoned mini-mall in Christmas, Florida , that contains evidence of her recent presence. Quentin struggles to analyze all of Margo's clues and is unsure whether it confirms her suicide or validates his hypothesis that Margo was unsatisfied with her fake life.

Eventually, the clues lead Quentin to believe Margo may be hiding in or buried in one of the many abandoned subdivision projects or "pseudovisions" around Orlando. He drives to all of the pseudovisions where he feels that she may be hiding, but cannot find her. On the day of his graduation, while getting ready, Quentin discovers Margo has been hiding in a fictional town in New York called Agloe , which was created as a copyright trap by mapmakers.

Quentin, Radar, Ben, and Lacey skip graduation and drive to New York to search for her, with a plan to drive to Agloe before noon on May In Agloe, they discover Margo is living in an old, dilapidated barn.

She is shocked to see them, which angers the group, who expected her to be grateful for their presence. Margo had left those clues to assure Quentin that she is okay and she did not want to be found. Angry at her lack of gratitude, Radar, Ben, and Lacey leave the barn and spend the night at a motel.

Quentin realizes the image he had of her was as fake as the one that she had been emitting to everyone else, and becomes furious at her for wasting his time. Margo argues that Quentin saved her for egotistical reasons; he wanted to be a knight in shining armor who saved the troubled girl.

Ultimately, Quentin accepts it was unfair for him to expect Margo to live up to his perfect image of her. After their deep conversation, Margo decides to go to New York City and asks Quentin to accompany her. Quentin wants to stay with her, but understands his home life and responsibilities prevents him from doing so. Margo promises to Quentin that she will keep contact with him.

The novel is written in three parts. Each individual part is named for a specific metaphor used considerably in that section. Each individual chapter within the first two parts is labeled with a number. However, the third part of the novel is divided into smaller sections.

Each section refers to the hour of the characters' road trip. Throughout the novel, the concept of paper towns is mentioned several times. As a former Orlando resident, John Green had seen and heard of many "paper towns". His first experience with a "paper town" occurred during his junior year of college while on a road trip. In South Dakota, he and his friend came across a paper town called Holen. At the end of the novel, John Green states that the story of Agloe presented in the text is mostly true: But then people with these old Esso maps kept looking for it, and so someone built a store, making Agloe real.

Paper Towns received mostly positive reviews. Publishers Weekly said, "the title, which refers to unbuilt subdivisions and copyright trap towns that appear on maps but don't exist, unintentionally underscores the novel's weakness: Q is on and off again madly in love with Margo and has made her into an ideal girl in every respect. This idealizing Margo leads to the central conflict in the book, the process where Q unravels his ideal Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

Copyrights Paper Towns from BookRags. Get Paper Towns from Amazon. View the Study Pack. View the Lesson Plans. Order our Paper Towns Study Guide. The Strings, Chapters Given to introspection, he talks with Quentin about the difficulties of communicating and connecting with other people. A middle-aged man who commits suicide in Jefferson Park when Margo and Quentin are nine years old. Myrna Mountweazel features prominently in the story Margo writes as a young child. Angela is charming, beautiful, and level-headed.

Becca is cruel and vindictive, and spreads rumors whenever possible. A hulking athlete who has bullied Quentin since they were children. A friend of Gus , and fellow urban explorer. A casual friend of Quentin , Radar , and Ben. Retrieved September 14, Download this Chart PDF. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion!

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Paper Towns study guide contains a biography of John Green, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About Paper Towns Paper Towns Summary. The two main characters in John Green’s “young adult” novel Paper Townsare Margo and Quentin, or “Q.” While Margo’s character disappears for a lengthy section of the novel, however.

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