On the verge of his graduation from high school, Quentin Jacobsen’s normal and ‘boring’ life is disrupted by the mystery girl living next door, Margo Roth Speigelman.
Quentin, or Q, enjoys his typical life. He admits to enjoying routine, enjoys the idea of college and where his life will lead after that. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, Radar and Ben, and hates the idea of going to his senior Prom. He enjoys hearing about Radar’s parents collection of black Santas, and driving around in Ben’s car, RHAPAW.
His normal and boring life changes drastically on May 5th when Margo Roth Speigelman comes through his window, and convinces Q to join her on a midnight prank spree. Even though the pair live side by side, and have known each other since they were two, they drifted apart and don’t see each other much.
Most of the night is dedicated to messing with people who wronged her, but she did plan to have Q get back at his childhood bully. After wrecking havoc for some time, they finally break into Seaworld and wonder around. Margo admits that the planning is much better than actually putting her plans into motion, but both enjoyed their night.
After that night, Margo goes missing.
No one knows where she went, and her parents calls the police.
After finding some clues that Margo left for him, Q becomes obsessed with finding her. For sometime, her clues lead Q and his friends to believing that Margo may have gone off to commit suicide. When more clues emerge, Q and his friends skip their graduation ceremony to find Margo in a Paper Town outside of New York.
Even though he tries adamantly to make Margo come home with them, she keeps to her plan and doesn’t go home. She admits that her plan had always been to leave, but her plans were pushed up when she realized that her friends weren’t who they said they were. But, Q almost made her decide to stay.
At the end of the book, Q lets go of the girl he thought Margo was. He lets go of the girl he loved, and she lets go of who she thought he was. The two learn that they were total strangers, but loved the paper versions of each other they had created.
Since reading The Fault in our Stars, John Green’s books has interested me. His humour came out so well in his books that I find myself laughing, loudly, while reading. So far, the two books I’ve read of Green have impressed me. I like the Fault in our Stars better, but Paper Towns was a good book and I look forward to watching the movie.
Next John Green book: Looking for Alaska.