Paper TownseBook - 2009
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"'But there is all time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it's only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into your. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out."'
"'Of course he is. You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in aything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it's going with my girlfriend - but I don't give a shit, man, because you're you. My parents have a shit ton of black Santas, but that's okay. That's them. I'm too obsessed with a reference web site to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call or my girlfriend. That's okay too. That's me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You're funny, ad you're smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually."
"Yeah, well I wasn't complimenting you. Just saying; stop thinking Ben should be you, and he needs to stop thinking you should be him, and y'all just chill the hell out."'
(looking out across the city from a skyscraper)
“You see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean look at it: look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”
“Did you know that for pretty much entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it. About the future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future -- you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
“Chuck Parson did not participate in organized sports, because to do so would distract from the larger goal of his life: to one day be convicted of homicide.”
“Radar was our other best friend. We called him Radar because he looked like a little bespectacled guy called Radar on this old TV show M*A*S*H, except 1. The TV Radar wasn't black, and 2. At some point after the nicknaming, our Radar grew about six inches and start wearing contacts, so I suppose that 3. He actually didn't look like the guy on M*A*S*H at all, but 4. With three and a half weeks left of high school, we weren't very well going to renickname him.”
“I think the future deserves our faith. But it is hard to argue with Emily Dickinson.”
“It is so hard to leave--until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
“Most of my friends were in band, and most of my free time during school was spent within twenty feet of the band room. But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness.”
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a novel which I didn't expect to like, but ended up loving. The characters were really well descripted and I could imagine them as real people. I highly recommend watching the movie after you finish the book.
Great novel about youth struggling to find meaning in the endless subdivisions being built in Florida.
Quentin was a typical high school guy, more on the nerdy side of things. He had two close friends, and flew pretty low on the radar. Quentin grew up with Margo, and they were good friends. As they got older into high school, they drifted from each other. One night Margo climbed into his window, and this was a huge surprise for Quentin since they never really associated anymore. Margo took him on a thrilling night, and thats when everything changed. When he went back to school the next morning Margo was missing. He made some new friends (and some enemies too) and set out on a mission trying to find Margo.
I won't spoil too much, but this was a fairly good read (in my opinion. Not the best book i've ever read, but still interesting and has some amazing quotes.)
A compelling unexpected adventure for Quentin Jacobsen who takes the reader along the ride. Quentin moves from a scared highschooler to a deeper understanding grown up over a road trip to find his love.
Paper Towns contains the story of Quentin in his senior year at high school. His world is turned upside when Margo Ruth Spiegelman (the girl he idolizes) appears in his room and takes him on a night journey. The remainder of the book is dedicated to his search for Margo when she promptly disappears the next day.
This is a pretty good book. In it Margo takes Quinten out for a night of adventure and revenge ( on her behalf). The next day Margo goes missing. Q remembers that she normally leaves clues he finds one and he thinks it's left for him. He follows all of the clues in hopes to find his love of his life.
Q has always loved Margo, but Margo and him are nearly strangers. That is until margo comes into his room one night saying she needs him and his car. Follow margo and Q's journey as margo takes him on his first adventure and the next day she goes missing and Q must find her
Paper Towns by John Green is humorous and addicting story, when Quentin finds out his long time friend Margo has disappeared after a long night of getting revenge of classmates with him. One night is all it takes for him to care enough to embark on an adventure to find her. While following her 'clues', your taken inside a harsh and cruel environment... High school. This novel most definitely relates to anyone over 15 years of age as the author does incorporate mature language, and topics.
Margo Roth speigelman runs away and Quentin and his friends try to help him find her again. through the clues that she left him.
This is an amazing book that will leave your tongue not bitter, sweet, or anything in between- but full of a desire to learn how to leave. You'll find pieces of yourself in well developed characters after a night of adventure as you crave so much more, and then a craving of adventure, will flip into a craving for her. Oh dear Margo, it will almost be a little search for yourself along the way.