By: Fairouz Tamer
Hey there, if you are not a fan of John Green, you better be one. When it comes to falling in love, you might fall apart and wonder whether he/she was the one or not. What is even messier is if that person is like Margo Roth Spiegelman. A “pretty girl” who runs away from home only to be pursued by her childhood friend. Spiegelman is assertive but is from a dysfunctional family, and is one of the most popular girls at her local high school. She has a love for American literature, music, and travel.
On the other side of the road, we have the protagonist, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen. Quentin is the rule-follower. He likes things to be neat and clean, making him the complete opposite of Margo. Quentin has had a crush on Margo since they were kids, but the distance he kept from her formed a perfect image of her in his head, which was untrue.
As you can conclude, that Q is in love with someone who does not give a thing about his existence. He did sacrifice everything he had (yes, he did skip school days too) to search for Margo after she disappeared out of the blue, following up clues that would help him find her. And what was even more thrilling was their dialogue after he finally found her:
“Margo: how the hell did you find me?”
“Q: I thought you wanted us to.”
“Margo: I sure as shit did not.”
You might call Margo a “psycho”/ “self-centred”, and to be honest with you she is one of those characters that you keep thinking of so much, and most importantly learn things a lot from:
- Do not believe you know people, because indeed you do not.
- People who do care about you will be sacrificing anything for you.
- Leaving is hard at first, but then it is so easy.
- Do not expect people to be as you expect them or imagine them to be. They are they; you are you.
- Do not get attached to people, because your strings will break; objects will not do so.
- Care about the future, with no stress, but consider the things that will make you happy there.
- Every moment of your life is lived for the future.
- Doing stuff never feels as good as you hope it will feel.
- Do not forget to dream.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover.
- You can survive anything life throws at you.
- You’re cute when you’re confident and less when you’re not.
- Everyone gets a miracle.
- You have to be ruthless in terms of sticking to your objective.
In conclusion, Paper Towns follows, along with a physical (road trip) journey, also includes an “emotional and spiritual” one, as Green himself describes it. In our lives, we’re all expected to go somewhere, not necessarily by following the same path, but always forward. As long as we’re surrounding ourselves with the right support and have emotions such as passion, love, drive, and excitement, we’re sure to make the right choices.