Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' The Towns ' By John Green

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Paper Towns is a coming of age novel set in Orlando, Florida. It was written by John Green in 2008 and features high school students as they coming to terms with growing up and learning about the diversity and complexity of humans. By exploring how the characters learn the book connects to its audience and gives them the chance to reflect on their own lives.
The novel begins in a subdivision called Jefferson Park. The narrator Quentin “Q” Jacobson and his neighbour Margo Roth Spieglman, both young children, go to the nearby park to play where they discover the body of Robert Joyner, a man who had committed suicide. The story then picks up again when Quentin and Margo are teenagers who have grown apart. One random night Margo shows up at Quentin’s bedroom window dressed all in black. Margo convinces Quentin to sneak out with her and get revenge on the people she feels have betrayed her.
As the night unfolds Margo and Quentin visit each of Margo’s “friends”. At each location they leave something for the victims, including a catfish and a blue spray painted ‘M’. At 3 in the morning, Margo and Quentin make their way to the Sun Trust building and look out over Orlando. This the first time in the book that Margo uses the metaphor “paper town”. She uses it to describe the city as “fake” and “not even hard enough to be made out of plastic.” As they leave the Sun Trust building Margo asks Quentin if he wants to get revenge, and he chooses high school bully Chuck Parsons. After…

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