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Ben Starling
Paper Towns
A study guide for the novel by John Green; Paper Towns

Quentin begins the novel as a mild-mannered… read full character analysis. Margo has an unhappy relationship with her parents and feels ill at ease in… read full character analysis. Ben is goofy, frank, and often insensitive, but he is sincerely loyal to his friends and supports Quentin in his search for Margo despite having little personal interest in the mission… read full character analysis.

More easygoing than either Quentin or Ben , Radar is exceptionally intelligent and has a particular gift for computer science. He is an obsessive user… read full character analysis. Detective Otis Warren The police detective assigned to search for Margo after her disappearance. The Spiegelmans call the police after Margo disappears, but elect not to… read full character analysis.

Gus is now a nighttime security guard at the SunTrust Building, and lets Margo and… read full character analysis. Jacobsen showers affection on her husband and son. 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. 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: It also said the novel is "another teen pleasing read".

Though we only really see Margo for the first third of the book, the clues really create her character and give us the feeling she's a complex person. Finding out who Margo is through the things she left behind was a really great way to develop her character.

Rebecca Swain of Orlando Sentinel stated, " Paper Towns has convinced me that jaded adult readers need to start raiding the Teen's section at the bookstore. Green, who grew up in Orlando and uses the city as a backdrop for the story, taps into the cadence of teenage life with sharp and funny writing, but transcends age with deeper insights.

Philpot, editorial assistant of The Horn Book Guide, said, "the end breaks your heart, and yet it feels right". Robert Corwin of Arizona State University wrote, "some readers may find the author's use of language and sexual content objectionable. On June 23, , Paper Towns was removed from the summer reading list for 13 year olds at Dr John Long Middle School in Pasco County, Florida after a parent complained to a board member that she disapproved of the book's sexual content.

The National Coalition Against Censorship responded to the removal by calling for the book to be reinstated to the reading list.

In a letter to the district superintendent, the organization wrote, "No sound educational rationale for removing the book has been articulated, nor is it likely that one could be". Jake Schreier directed the film. Jaz Sinclair appeared in the film as Angela, Radar's girlfriend. The paperback edition of the novel was released on September 22, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the copyright traps added to maps, see phantom settlement. This article is about the novel. For the film adaptation, see Paper Towns film.

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Ben is also the only main character whose last name doesn't follow what must be a Florida tradition of requiring three syllables and ending in n: Jacobson, Spiegelman, Arrington, Pemberton, Worthington. And hey, variety is the spice of life. Ben has been Quentin’s best friend for many years. They were brought together by social circumstance, since they’re both nerdy outcasts at school, but they have a tight-knit friend circle. Ben is louder, more exuberant, and more outwardly anxious than Quentin, who doesn’t seem to care as much.

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